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July 19th, 2019 61 comments

Doctor Who Series 11 Companion Figures Teaser

The first teaser photo of the Graham, Ryan and Yaz 5.5″ scale figures has been revealed by Al Dewar, Creative Director at Character Options on Twitter:

The figures were first shown at the 2019 London Toy Fair although at the time no photography was allowed.

We were lucky enough to see them 1st hand and although the bodies reuse primeval parts the face sculpts were superb. Entirely new tooling would have made the figures to expensive, a retail price of £24.99 for the set was the intention at the time although its been suggested they might get released separately.

The image also shows the 13th Doctor Tardis and a presumably a new variant of the 13th Doctor with Bum Bag. A 13th Doctor with purple top has also been shown.

Unless something has changed, The Tardis and companion set are not due for release until next year (assuming enough retailer interest).


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61 comments

  • Joe

    September 23rd, 2019 - 2:09pm

    Do you know if the TARDIS is electronic? Not that I really mind either way. Still got a space ready made for it.

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    • Wholords2

      September 23rd, 2019 - 4:04pm

      This tardis isn’t coming now

      Instead it’s gonna be a classic tardis with a new roof but it will be electronic

    • Anonymous

      September 23rd, 2019 - 6:25pm

      Will it have the modern sound chip or that of the original classic tardises? Do you think they will change the windows and pull to open signage to make it seem more accurate or just change the roof

  • Mikey C

    August 11th, 2019 - 10:18am

    If this won’t be out until next year, that’s TWO Christmases where we have had a new Tardis Team and nothing in the shops

    Fine for collectors, but surely this is sacrificing sales to children?

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    • booboo

      August 11th, 2019 - 10:34am

      the reason we are not getting them is that the retailers didn’t want them sufficiently enough because the show was pushed on into 2020.

      Manufacturers were fully expecting a show this year and planned accordingly only for many items to be put one hold when it was announced there would be one.

      Also they are given no advanced info on episode contents unlike before so its impossible to have anything ready when the show is actually on.

  • john hogg

    August 1st, 2019 - 11:30am

    dont they still have the tools then just re release all the sets again fed up with ebay prices the B@M range prove that there is a market, 17,000 baker Tardis distributed thats a healthy number but should not be restricted to one brand store as once more they end up on ebay

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    • booboo

      August 1st, 2019 - 11:36am

      no one else wants them, no one else is big enough presence now to take on stuff like this now, no way is there a big enough market to re-release everything.

      The B&M sets are giving people a lot of what they asked for so we should be grateful for that.

  • Dominic

    July 29th, 2019 - 6:46pm

    When you say next year do you mean late summer 2020 or beginning of 2020

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  • Anonymous

    July 22nd, 2019 - 1:49am

    If they release a purple/pink shirted 13, is there any chance she could come with a P’ting (Thingk10 with Adipose, but 1, not 5) as she did wear a pink shirt in ‘TTC’ and it would be an easy way to include a series 11 villain, that would only require one sculpt (no articulation, but hey)

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  • Cyberman Bill

    July 21st, 2019 - 10:42pm

    Excuse my ignorance but what is a “BUMBAG”?

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    • Slitheen97

      July 22nd, 2019 - 8:00am

      Also known as a fanny pack in the US. It’s a type of bag that goes across someones stomach

  • Anonymous

    July 21st, 2019 - 10:08pm

    Does anyone know if any pics of the pink shirt 13th Doctor figure have been shown anywhere? Thanks 🙂

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  • bryan

    July 19th, 2019 - 10:37pm

    Wow, These look Amazing from the Back. Yaz is probably the most Recognisable, from the side view, But they all look brilliant.

    I have to be Honest. How many people actually looked at the back of these Characters on screen.? I didnt, except Yaz, as her outline and Hair were obvious.

    I am so glad we are getting these at all. and Oh that Tardis looks lovely, with 13 in front.

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  • Sam Tamoglia

    July 19th, 2019 - 10:27pm

    Absolutely Yes-Every Doctor needs her team and Ghost Monument! Everything looks good!

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  • Judooning

    July 19th, 2019 - 9:26pm

    If these were the quality of say Hot-toy figures for £100’s each then I could understand people’s frustrations for them not being totally accurate. But i have never been fussed if these 5″ figures have an extra pocket or a larger than screen used collar around the neck. As long as you can tell who the character is, why does it matter?

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  • Whoever

    July 19th, 2019 - 4:59pm

    As much as I’m happy to get these figures, I am disappointed that they are reused bodies. I know B&M do that and that’s fine, but I would have thought the BBC/Character Options would have put a bit more effort into new figures. We hardly get any anymore, and these were ones I was sure would have new sculpts.

    I’ve spent many years collecting these figures, and I’m getting quite sick and tired of no effort or care put into making new figures anymore, they are almost always lazy reuses now

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    • booboo

      July 19th, 2019 - 6:01pm

      It’s made clear in the post they would not have happened at all if entirely me tooling was needed

      Take them as they are or not at all, most people seem fine with the first option

      It’s not lazy it’s the only viable option in today’s smaller market and I’m surprised people don’t realise that by now

      Most people weren’t expecting to see companion figure at all.

      Take it or leave it.

    • Anonymous

      July 19th, 2019 - 6:49pm

      It’s either take reuses, pay a fortune for new molds in a limited release or get nothing. It’s pure economics. It makes sense and whilst it means they may not be 100% accurate they at least look near enough to not make much of a difference. Even from the back the companions look decent.

    • booboo

      July 19th, 2019 - 6:59pm

      Wait till you see them from the front!

    • Anonymous

      July 19th, 2019 - 7:40pm

      Have you seen the faces boo boo? When I said not totally accurate I meant the reused bodies but I have heard the head sculpts are supposed to be great

    • booboo

      July 19th, 2019 - 7:59pm

      yes I saw them at the toy fair and in close up, they are extremely good

    • Anonymous

      July 19th, 2019 - 9:10pm

      Going to have to start saving my pennies in that case. Thanks boo boo

    • Whoever

      July 19th, 2019 - 9:38pm

      As I said I’m happy to have them, but I’ve been collecting these figures since I was 10 years old, put a lot of money into them, and I’m tired of repaints of the same models, how many real new sculpts have their been over the last few years? I’m kinda annoyed that there hasn’t been as much work put into bringing out all new figures

      People do want them, and it all started when they tried to be lazy with the really tiny figures, when they didn’t sell well they seemed to stop caring

    • booboo

      July 19th, 2019 - 10:23pm

      Its because people DO CARE that you actually getting ANYTHING

      If people had any understanding of current markets, budgets and manufacturing costs they would no make such comments that you have, the fact is there are not enough people who want them anymore, Character are not going to invest huge amounts in new figures that just wont sell enough

      Thats the way it is like it or not.

      The “lazy” 3.75″ were at the request of retailers at that time because the 5″ range had stopped selling, It was dead long before all those variants people speak of, it was 3.75″ or nothing, it worked for a while and there were big plans but action figures are just not popular enough now, the 5″ range kept going because of the joint venture with UT to distribute in the USA but that market has now gone for now, yes, the entire USA market gone yet you are still getting quality figures of sorts, or perhaps people would prefer seven20’s offerings, that’s what you get when people really dont care.

      The only market for now is for budget repaints via B&m and new sculpts with recycled parts other, retailers are just not interested enough for anything else.

    • Anonymous

      July 20th, 2019 - 12:22am

      You have to remember that the toy market has two driving forces one of which really only came about after the phenomenon that was the original star wars figure range. The two forces are collectors and kids. Remember that when the dr who toys first came out yes, most fans/collectors bought them but a big portion of the market was kids who had come into who via the 2005 series. Now what has to be taken into account about the sales of the figures isn’t the collectors. They will buy the toys regardless. But kids are a different matter. If you think about it the average starting age for kids who want the figures is around 8 that means by the time Matt Smith came along those kids were at the age when they naturally drift away from toys. So sales drop off and the kids coming up behind have missed huge amounts of toys and don’t go out of their way to find them as a collector would. And when you consider that say a kid who was 5 at the time Matt Smith became the doctor by the time they want the toys the range was already dropping off. It happens. It’s nobody’s fault it’s just commerce. The quality and accuracy of the figures actually makes no difference. A child doesn’t care if a figure isn’t quite right only collectors care. Just be grateful someone still cares enough to push some figures out into a fairly limited market. We got some fantastic classic series figures and we were incredibly lucky to get them. I think it’s been said before that the classics didn’t sell as well as new series and it’s understandable. Newer is always going to appeal to the younger audience. As collectors we have to understand and accept that. Be grateful for what we did get and be very grateful for anything we might still get.

  • POW70

    July 19th, 2019 - 3:59pm

    So if they are reusing body parts and simply sculting new heads, dare we hope that one day we may see classic companions? For example could 13s coat be combined with another characters legs and torso, do a new head scult and we have a Romana from Destiny of the Daleks?

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  • The ergon

    July 19th, 2019 - 3:21pm

    Booboo could you put up the images and comments for the next Robert Harrop figurines. The Cyberdoor and Tomb cyberman. I,d be interested to read the comments.

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    • booboo

      July 19th, 2019 - 3:27pm

      Are there pictures? I am away at the moment so limited access to internet

    • The ergon

      July 19th, 2019 - 3:34pm

      Just appeared on their facebook website. Just caught a glance as i,m not on facebook.

    • The ergon

      July 19th, 2019 - 3:45pm

      Cyberdoor -26th July. Tomb cyberman (august) and Controller and Cybermats (Septenber /October respectibly).

  • john

    July 19th, 2019 - 2:36pm

    Oh cant Wait now we need 13 doctor wearing 12 doctor costume thank you for posting i am super excited

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  • dazzleshell

    July 19th, 2019 - 1:00pm

    With the B&M deal proving successful maybe the companions set will be exclusive to them?

    I do hope it is still a set and not individual.

    The Tardis looks lovely.

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    • Anonymous

      July 19th, 2019 - 3:08pm

      Yaz and Graham look great! I think Ryan’s jacket looks a bit odd although I can live with it. Now I’m very excited!!

  • Anonymous

    July 19th, 2019 - 12:59pm

    Amazing!

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  • Daz

    July 19th, 2019 - 12:54pm

    I absolutely love these! especally the Tardis!!

    It makes sense if they bring them out next year to coincide with series 14 I’m okay with that.
    I really love the Tardis it’s a lovely sculpt and I need it for my Tardis collection!
    Can’t wait to see the compainions Yaz is my favourite so it would be great if we get them all and any variant of the Doctor.

    I miss the days when new Doctor Who figures were a guarantee even random characters but if they have to reuse parts from existing moulds with just new sculpts for heads that sounds like a good compromise by Character.
    I’m sure there will be intrest for these figures and the Tardis as fans still collect the figures and these help complete their collections, look how well the B&M sets sell.
    A jodie Tardis is a must for fans!

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    • Anonymous

      July 21st, 2019 - 8:39pm

      They should be released this year it’s to long a wait.

  • Anonymous

    July 19th, 2019 - 10:26am

    Still no Nardole though 🙁

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    • Anonymous

      July 19th, 2019 - 11:48am

      oh nice

    • The ergon

      July 19th, 2019 - 11:50am

      Couldn,t they reuse the old Winston churchill body and create a new head sculpt?

    • Bobby Davros

      July 19th, 2019 - 1:50pm

      Maybe if they did a Nardole – Court Appearance outfit.

    • The ergon

      July 19th, 2019 - 3:43pm

      I was hoping for a more constructive answer but there you go. Its the only fat body of a figure I could think of they could work over.

    • Anonymous

      July 20th, 2019 - 1:32am

      Churchill is way too big to even look remotely like Nardole.

    • Anonymous

      July 20th, 2019 - 11:40am

      Plus Nardole never wore a suit

    • The ergon

      July 22nd, 2019 - 10:50am

      I actually did think it would be a little on the big side. Haven,t seen that figure in a while. Was thinking if they could find one appropriate that they could clothe over in some way, not just respray. So nothing bodywise to match a Nardole.

  • Anonymous

    July 19th, 2019 - 10:18am

    Oh very good, the yaz looks great as does the tardis.

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    • Tyler the Who Fan

      July 19th, 2019 - 1:14pm

      These look fantastic, be getting these just for my favourite companion, Graham.

  • Destroyer of Worlds

    July 19th, 2019 - 9:36am

    These look really good, nice to see a reuse of Primeval bodies for these figures as I think Ryan is using Series 1 Nick’s body, Graham’s using Stephen Hart and Yasmin is using Claudia.

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  • TARDIS Traveller

    July 19th, 2019 - 9:26am

    If the companions and TARDIS are released in time for series 12 with a bumbag variants and pink top variant of 13 it would be great to see a re release of the Judoon in the same packagings to increase doctor who’s presence on the shelves. Especially considering that the sculpts for both helmeted and unmasked Judoon exist.

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    • The ergon

      July 19th, 2019 - 11:39am

      With mohican hairpiece addition no less.

    • JJ

      July 19th, 2019 - 12:12pm

      That’s a good idea, however the Judoon next series have some minor alterations to the costume and accessories, such as a new gun. This shouldn’t cost much though as it’s adding to an original sculpt. They could also do that annoying mohawk. Plus there’s been no monster figures from Whittaker’s era (although none in Series 11 were memorable) so this would be a cheap and efficient alternative.

  • The ergon

    July 19th, 2019 - 9:04am

    I,d much Prefer these as the 3 pack given as people have differing opinions about each one. If they stock these individually Retailers could well end up stuck with certain characters on shelves doing nothing.

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  • Steven taylor

    July 19th, 2019 - 8:33am

    i can’t wait, also how many variations can they do with the 13th doctor? they can do her with a purple, black with bum bag, blue and another blue with a scarf, i cant think of anything else

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    • booboo

      July 19th, 2019 - 9:19am

      Scarf maybe a problem As it was branded I think

  • whovian

    July 19th, 2019 - 8:29am

    As far as I’m aware, these have been pushed back to 2020 according to this, as Graham, Ryan & Yaz were meant to be coming out later this year, with the TARDIS coming out next year, however, in a way, I’m kind of glad this is now the case, as it gives me enough time to save for them. With the Doctor figure, I’m kind of hoping that they change her hand so she can hold her sonic screwdriver the proper way: pointing it

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  • Marcus

    July 19th, 2019 - 7:47am

    That tardis is absolutely beautiful, can’t wait to find it in shops!

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  • Thetruth

    July 19th, 2019 - 7:33am

    Just need it to return to the TV so shops don’t get stuck with them like fpi has with the larger heavly discounted version of 13

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  • The Flying Shark

    July 19th, 2019 - 7:06am

    Wonderful! Graham and Yaz are among my favourite companions!

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  • DWSeblingg

    July 19th, 2019 - 6:24am

    Oh my god! Wow! These look amazing, are they new sculpts?

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    • booboo

      July 19th, 2019 - 6:41am

      the heads yes most of the bodies are primeval parts but they would probably have never got made without that “compromise”

    • The ergon

      July 19th, 2019 - 11:47am

      Reusing old figures is the more viable option and is a way of cutting back on plastic.They could do so many with only the heads to get right.

    • Anonymous

      July 19th, 2019 - 2:57pm

      It may be a compromise but who cares!

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