Friday, 31 August 2012

Doctor Who: It's fair to say none of these characters will be in the new series


Oh to be a minor character in a reasonable but not amazing Doctor Who episode. Not a Dalek, not a Cyberman, or a Weeping Angel - just, you know, a plot function in a mid-season episode: someone to just help tell the story.

A character that's unlikely to ever appear again; to be forgotten by the general viewing public and perhaps destined only to repeats on BBC Three or a clip on an actor's show reel, and maybe a few convention appearances in a version of the costume they mocked up themselves and got a bit wrong.

At best, their character will even have some lines to say, but their story will be over in one episode. Unless, of course, the character becomes an action figure - everyone loves an action figure, and Doctor Who fans will buy anything, right?

'Uncle' action figure, as seen in The Doctor's Wife episode

Well, wrong, as it goes, apparently. Look at this sorry lot. They're the remnants of a sale of Doctor Who action figures at a special shop for people who like to buy expensive stuff about cult and sci-fi film and television.

These action figures have been marked down to £1.99 and they're still not shifting. Who, if you're into buying Doctor Who action figures, could resist re-creating a key scene from an episode you only half remember with a character you'd forgotten about, when you can play with Daleks in any colour you can imagine? (Or more likely, keep them in their original packaging in the loft and gain no pleasure from owning the thing at all?)

Most people, it would seem.

It's a Roman Auton everyone! As seen in the episodes The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang

So how did we get here? Is it that the shop ordered too many of these particular action figures - perhaps anticipating a Francesco the Vampire craze, following his appearance in the episode The Vampires of Venice, that ultimately failed to emerge - or is that the fans just didn't want to buy them?

Erm.. oh yeah, 'Hawthorne', from The Beast Below. Yeah, we're with you.
Knowing basic economics and the issues of supply and demand (they affect us all, readers), we'd guess a bit of both. We haven't really a clue of course, but we thought it might make some nice pictures, and also be a good way to mark our excitement at the new series, whose own minor or one-off characters will no doubt become action figures in due course.

But it's fair to say none of these end-of-stock figures will be making a return appearance in Doctor Who, although tv-ooh reserves the right to be wrong, of course.

And it's also a slight relief, if you care about this sort of thing, to note that it is only these one-off, reasonably minor characters that haven't sold.

I mean, it's not like there are any money-robbing alternative versions of a Doctor action figure kicking about on special offer, too.

The 'ganger' version of the Doctor, from the episodes The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People


Related stories:
Idle speculation and uninformed pondering about the title of the first episode of the new Doctor Who series
Doctor Who: So what does that picture Moffatt tweeted of the 1960s Dalek actually tell us?
Two lost 60s Doctor Who episodes found: Fans thrilled, then a bit disappointed ;)
So did the Doctor Who Confidential film crew capture the meeting in which it was decided to cancel Doctor Who Confidential

1 comment:

  1. Oooh, it's Ben's birthday soon - he'll have anything Doctor Who related! Is that at Forbidden Planet?