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|
|Erm.. oh yeah, 'Hawthorne', from The Beast Below. Yeah, we're with you.|
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|
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