The line-up of Easter TV looks like being one of the best yet with The Voice returning to our screens, a brand new Jonathan Creek adventure and the return of the much anticipated Doctor Who.
2013 is a big year for Doctor Who. Not only does it see the return of the series for the remainder of its seventh run (since it’s revamp or 33rd overall) but this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the programme that began way back in 1963. Much is planned for the 50th celebration including a 3D special, a show at London’s Excel exhibition centre and a one off TV Drama recounting the events of the show’s genesis.
This latest run of stories begins on Saturday 30th March and sees the new Doctor’s companion Clara (as played by Jenna-Louise Coleman) make her official introduction; although in a twist she has already been seen in 2 previous episodes? Elsewhere Matt Smith continues his reign as the 11th incarnation of the Time Lord, and classic monsters like the Cybermen and Ice Warriors are waiting in the wings to take their bow over the next few weeks. But first, there is something strange going on with the Wi-Fi…
With it being the 50th anniversary, Doctor Who merchandise has gone into hyperdrive, with everything from stamps, kitchenware, clothing and much more besides. Here is a selection of some of the best, focusing on 3 of the core elements of the hugely successful programme.
An ever present staple of the show since its very first episode, the Doctor’s amazing craft is permanently stuck in the form a 20th century police box due to a broken chameleon circuit.
Key Fact: Tardis stands for ‘time and relative dimension in space’.
Boxed Bi-Folding Wallet 50th Tardis – £10.99 from Forbidden Planet | Doctor Who 3D Tardis Teapot – £22.99 from BBC Shop | Doctor Who Tardis Dressing Gown – £42.99 from Menkind | Framed – Doctor Who Tardis sign – Photographic Print – 40cm x 30cm – £24.99 from Amazon.co.uk
The Daleks have been a constant menace of the Doctor since the early 1960s, and remain a potent symbol of retro-chic science fiction. The exterminating pepperpots are always hell bent on conquering the universe.
Key Fact: Dalek is actually an anagram of Kaled; the race they originally were before mutation.
Doctor Who Home: Teapot Dalek Orange – £42 from BBC Shop | Men’s Dr Who Critical Dalek T-Shirt – £13.99 from Play.com | Doctor Who 2011 Talking Plush – Blue Dalek – £15.99 from Forbidden Planet | Doctor Who – Daleks Pewter Belt Buckle – £24.99 from Forbidden Planet
The Doctor is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, and has existed in 11 incarnations via the Time Lord gift of regeneration. Mysteriously his real name is not known, or why he fled his home world in a stolen Tardis?
Key Fact: Although an exact age isn’t known, in earth years the Doctor is thought to be over 1000 years old.
Doctor Who: Official BBC Fourth Doctor Scarf – £49.99 from BBC Shop | Doctor Who – 3D Figural Mug – 2nd Doctor – £8.99 from Forbidden Planet | Lego Doctor Who Hoody – £19.99 from Amazon.co.uk | Doctor Who – Masterpiece Collection Maxi Bust 10th Doctor – £49.99 from Forbidden Planet
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