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October 10th, 2018 70 comments

Thirteenth Doctor 5 inch scale figure News

Character options (UK)

A 5 inch version of the figure by Character Options has been put up for order on at least two sites, Galaxy 4 have had it up for pre-order for a few days now, and more recently The Who Shop.

We are just waiting for it to be confirmed by Character Options or the BBC although this seems some days away yet.

A ’13th Doctor Electronic TARDIS’ was put up on Zappies earlier in the year, they also listed the 10 inch scale figure and Sonic Screwdriver which were correct and have since been released. No scale was given but this could be a 5 inch flight control TARDIS.

Announcements for any TARDIS merchandise is probably waiting until it is seen onscreen first in an episode.

Seven20 (USA)

Seven20 announced after SDCC that they were making a 5.5 inch scale action figure that would be exclusive to Toot’s Toys . We believe they are awaiting sign-off from the BBC before they can put it up for sale.

Note that the 5″ and 5.5″ scale range is basically the same, it just had the reference changed when the Collectors series was released a few years ago.

In other news…

Although no confirmation from B&M has been forthcoming it seems there could be another Doctor / Tardis set early next year which includes already released items, this time 4th Doctor related. Staff are also suggesting more figure sets possibly containing more than 3 figures maybe on the way. We stress there has been no official confirmation of these.

At the time of writing there are now 13 Thirteenth Doctor Figures of some description either already announced or due soon.

Categorised under: News, Retail


  • The Outcast

    October 20th, 2018 - 8:09am

    Posted Gallifrey Base by member “The Fab 14”

    “Hello again,

    just to help with the speculation. There are definitely repeat orders of the latest B&M 3 figure packs coming. However there are some updated paint apps and changes for the re-release .. partly because production runs change and therefore colours and spray masking changes mean they are never the same, but also this is a re-order and never happened before for B&M on Doctor Who so there are major differences to the decoration on at least one figure in each set (and the packaging images) to maintain B&M exclusivity on these sets.

    The 3rd Doctor & TARDIS set has NOT been reordered (again to maintain exclusivity) but there will be a SECOND interim release this year of a NEW Doctor & TARDIS set before next years raft of new products.

    There is also a 13th Doctor figure very close to approval so you should see some press release and images for this item before the end of November at the latest. It’s very cool!

    I can’t, though I’d like to, give you any more details on the changes or on availability as the shipping dates have nothing to do with when the retailer decides to put stock oneself and where. Also I would advise strongly against badgering B&M or especially CO Customer Services for updates as neither will have ANY new information until the stock arrives with them and even then it will be a case of asking at individual stores when the time comes. ”

    • booboo

      October 21st, 2018 - 8:28am

      its no particular secret who fab14 is a don’t think but its interesting he says the 4th Doctor Tardis set is due this year, It as and B&M’s system for Feb i think

      I know these figure sets sold well but hope there is enough demand for a re-run. I can see core collectors having to buy existing variants to get the new ones.

      I also think because of the “hassle” over the last sets we are unlikely to find out anything about these until they are on the shelves.

      also sounds like the 13th Doctor announcement maybe someway off yet

    • Bundy

      October 21st, 2018 - 9:25am

      I think it is interesting (but maybe nothing) that the phrase “NEW Doctor” is used (with emphasis on NEW) rather than ‘4th Doctor variant’.

      There seemed to be a lead of a good few month between the 3rd Doctor set being officially announced and it arriving in store – there is not much of this year left, and you’d think B&M would already have their shelves/stock planned for Christmas.

    • booboo

      October 21st, 2018 - 10:15am

      possibly the 13th Doctor or new packaging, as far as we know the 4th Doctor Tardis set is a definite

    • The Werewolf

      October 21st, 2018 - 12:41pm

      The ‘first batch’ still didn’t make it here at all, and probably never will as the Who isle is filled to the brim with the 9th Doctor sets, so this new batch still won’t make it here.

    • Anonymous

      October 21st, 2018 - 3:18pm

      The Werewolf, I’m in Gravesend in Kent and it’s the same here, no new sets at all because of all the leftover 9th Dr sets.

    • Anonymous

      October 21st, 2018 - 5:54pm

      Personally, I doubt it’ll be a 5” 13th Doctor and TARDIS, as The Who Shop and Zappies have the 13th Doctor 5” figure listed separately. If the figure would come with a TARDIS, then it would say so.
      I’m hoping its the 8th Doctor and TARDIS (as, as far as I know, we haven’t had one of those yet)

  • Anonymous

    October 13th, 2018 - 6:38pm

    Is it likely the forbidden planet will stock the 5inch scale figure? 🙂

    • booboo

      October 13th, 2018 - 6:49pm

      i’m sure they will

    • Anonymous

      October 14th, 2018 - 4:11pm

      Went there a few months ago, and all they had were the Series 9 Capaldi and Tuxedo Tennant figures. Fingers crossed that they get more stuff.

  • Ganer

    October 12th, 2018 - 5:41pm

    There will be a set featuring…

    • booboo

      October 12th, 2018 - 5:46pm

      if you know so much you can tell us what the 4th Doctor and Tardis set consists of then?

    • Anonymous

      October 13th, 2018 - 10:40am

      theres a fourth doctor set coming out?

    • Anonymous

      October 14th, 2018 - 9:39am

      him in the 3rds costume?

    • Tyler Prescott

      October 16th, 2018 - 10:13am

      He wouldn’t be in 3’s costume, they’ve already released that. Twice. And fairly recently.

    • booboo

      October 16th, 2018 - 10:16am

      but never on its own in the UK, only in the USA and in the Time capsule set in the UK

  • BrunoB

    October 12th, 2018 - 2:43pm

    Do we have some credible sources about those possible new B&M sets? Because the only time I’ve seen it was a fan saying he had been told that by a B&M employee in a shop, and that sounded more like hearsay

    • Exterminator

      October 12th, 2018 - 10:58pm

      That was me, a lady at my local b&m checked on the computer for 3rd Dr and Tardis sets and told me that they were now out of stock at the main warehouse but there was an order for that product code (possibly a different dr and Tardis using the same code) due in February 2019.

      This information was then confirmed by Mick who works at a b&m store and he even told us 7000 sets were on order. (Only 4000 of the 3rd dr Tardis sets were made)

    • BrunoB

      October 14th, 2018 - 10:32am

      cool, brilliant

    • booboo

      October 16th, 2018 - 10:18am

      we do now!

  • Anonymous

    October 11th, 2018 - 11:43pm

    What’s the new b and m sets then?

    • booboo

      October 12th, 2018 - 9:55am

      down to B&M to say if they feel inclined.

    • Scott

      October 12th, 2018 - 1:35pm

      i wonder if we will get more sets before Christmas? I thought B&M sets were every summer? Would be great if we start to get them more frequently. Also why are the BandM sets 3rd, 4th doctor and new series focused? They would sell lots from the other Doctors i’m sure!

    • booboo

      October 12th, 2018 - 1:55pm

      Feb has bee mentioned for the Tardis set don’t know on the figures that’s just been mentioned by staff

  • Beevers Master

    October 11th, 2018 - 4:28pm

    Well I have mine on preorder cant wait to get it!

  • DWSeblingg

    October 11th, 2018 - 4:26pm

    So theres going to be more B&M exclusives on their way, Booboo?

    • booboo

      October 11th, 2018 - 4:38pm

      that’s the indication but B&M wont confirm

  • Arthurian2

    October 11th, 2018 - 9:33am

    Thought this reboot may have given CO’s the excuse to stop the 5′ range. In some ways this may have been a good place to stop. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved this range of figures, but it’s been so disjointed and half hearted over the last few years, and you don’t really feel they’re behind the product.
    Just curious as to why no comments enabled for Doctor Who Barbie?

    • booboo

      October 11th, 2018 - 9:49am

      Its retailers that havne’t been interested for years now not character. that’s well established.

      Comments are off on barbie because its clear Barbie Collectors (who love this product) and Doctor Who collectors Don’t mix well and it deteriorated into another PC battle rather than anything to do with the product.

    • Alfie Froud

      October 11th, 2018 - 6:42pm

      It’s a real shame that people have to argue over a Barbie doll. I’m not a Barbie collector myself but have preordered it anyway.

    • Alvin Amey

      October 13th, 2018 - 7:35pm

      It would be nice if Barbie were to do a non-limited edition Barbie so that the kids could have one as well 🙂

  • Alfie Froud

    October 11th, 2018 - 8:27am

    booboo, I’m hoping you would know, is the 3rd Doctor tardis that comes in the b&m set the one that’s used in early 4th Doctor episodes?

    • booboo

      October 11th, 2018 - 8:36am

      its the same Tradis, infact you can definitely see a black base in some 4th episodes, the top police box bars did alter a bit form episode to episode

      if you look here you cna see what it looked like in every story note seeds of doom def has black base

    • The Outcast

      October 11th, 2018 - 12:07pm

      Not Booboo, but yeah, the prop used in the Time Monster is the same one as the one used in the early 4th Doctor episodes. In fact, it’s same prop as the one from the very first episode, though it was refurbished a bit.

    • Scott

      October 11th, 2018 - 4:55pm

      Yes the 3rd Doctor release could pass for a 4th Tardis right up to the Seeds of Doom, maybe a repaint here or there. However, the CO Police Box could also easily pass for any Baker box up until the end of season 17 imo. One possibility is they repaint the McCoy box a darker shade and release a season 18 Tom with it.

    • The Outcast

      October 12th, 2018 - 8:44am

      I should probably mention that the CO toy isn’t accurate in the slightest to the Brachacki or Newbery TARDIS props. The dimensions are based on the Tom Yardley-Jones box, which was used from Season 18 – to the end of original run of the show. The most accurate toy released to this date, therefor, is the Season 26 Curse of Fenric box, though that still has some inaccuracies due to the alterations made to it when they realised it wouldn’t be cost effective to make three different Classic TARDIS toys (which was their original intention).

      The most accurate TARDIS toy they could make without remolding parts would be a Season 18/19 TARDIS with the darker colours (which they actually did plan to make at one point, and did make prototypes). This would be nearly entirely accurate to how the TARDIS appeared from Logopolis to Time Flight.

  • Sean

    October 11th, 2018 - 7:23am

    Does anyone think if the TARDIS is in the end of episode 2 then there will be an announcement of everything character have ready for the festive season by Sunday night or Monday morning?

    • The Outcast

      October 11th, 2018 - 12:09pm

      I think you are right. I believe the TARDIS is in Episode 2, so I think this is what’s happening.

  • GallifreyanKnight

    October 10th, 2018 - 11:42pm

    I just hope there won’t be anything missing from the figure like the 12th Doctor.

    CO never made a 5″ 12th Doctor with his series 8 waistcoat.

    • Scott

      October 12th, 2018 - 9:29pm

      I don’t see how they could miss anything off the 13th Doctor Figure, it would just be plain wrong if they did, I mean they can’t have the figure in a bra and overcoat haha!
      Will be pre ordering mine but can’t seem to get the galaxy 4 pre order or work :/

  • EndlessTimelord

    October 10th, 2018 - 11:40pm

    Do you think we’ll see any other figures along with 13 and the TARDIS?

    • The Outcast

      October 11th, 2018 - 12:57am

      I think we’ll get the companions as well, but I don’t know about any other figures.

    • Anonymous

      October 16th, 2018 - 11:14am

      Absolutely not. The BBC refused to release images to “avoid spoilers”, companies are seeing the aliens as we are.

      As an example Eaglemoss have been comissioning their next batch of figures (up to 150) so anything from this series will have to wait until at least issue 151.

  • Voldermort

    October 10th, 2018 - 10:15pm

    Exciting news, and given the huge ratings hopefully Dr Who merchandise becomes more sought after again and the 5.5″ range is brought bak to life.

    • Voldermort

      October 10th, 2018 - 10:17pm

      Come on Character give us another Classic Wave.

  • Scott

    October 10th, 2018 - 9:31pm

    Very excited for the 13th Doctor Figure and hooray for more b and m sets, fingers crossed! I already have a 4th Doctor and Tardis bit I’ll happily buy another and I’m sure it will be slightly different and with a tweak of the 4th Doctor if true but If not I’m still in if just to support the range 🙂

  • Alvin Amey

    October 10th, 2018 - 6:41pm

    I’ve just pre-ordered the 5″ 13th Doctor 🙂

    This is the first time I’ve ever pre-ordered something without even seeing a preview image, rather exciting eh 😀

  • Sean

    October 10th, 2018 - 5:10pm

    Does anyone know if the 5.5″ figure will be out for christmas or after?

    • booboo

      October 10th, 2018 - 5:12pm

      not until we get the official press release, i would say looks likely it will be

    • Anonymous

      October 12th, 2018 - 5:52pm

      They would be absolute fools not to release her before Christmas. It’s the Christmas market!


    October 10th, 2018 - 4:54pm

    I really hope it’s a new sculpt rather than a mash together of old figures and I hope we get variants of it too! So happy to see it happening!

  • Anonymous

    October 10th, 2018 - 3:35pm

    Will this be available from Forbidden Planet???

    • booboo

      October 10th, 2018 - 3:37pm

      I would think so

  • James Wallace

    October 10th, 2018 - 3:08pm

    Already knew this and pre ordered my 13th doctor 5 inch figure. Can’t wait to get it.

    • booboo

      October 10th, 2018 - 3:19pm

      we all already know this only now is the right time to put it on the site

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    October 10th, 2018 - 3:00pm

    Figures due December. What is it with Character?

    The figures should be out now.

    Almost ten million people have seen the first episode, think how many figures they might have sold on Monday from Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys.

    Lack of Daleks this series is a major Christmas money spinner down the drain as well.

    • booboo

      October 10th, 2018 - 3:07pm

      Have a feeling release schedules are sometimes outside of Characters control

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      October 10th, 2018 - 3:11pm

      If it’s the BBC then it feels even worse. They are supposedly a huge organization. When a Marvel or DC film hits cinemas the action figures are everywhere immediately.

      I’m not trying to be negative. I want lots of action figures, but to get those the ones they do release have to sell well and i just fear they are missing the commercial boat.

    • booboo

      October 10th, 2018 - 3:22pm

      you can’t really compare major films franchises to Doctor Who, they are not even in the same league and have a much bigger lead in time with retailers clambering for the stock, that’s not the case here.

      besides we don’t have an official release date yet could be sooner than we think.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      October 10th, 2018 - 3:40pm

      Have you hit the nail on the head there when you said retailers clambering for stock and that not being the case with Doctor Who anymore?

      Hopefully things will improve in that regard.

    • Bundy

      October 10th, 2018 - 6:47pm

      I can’t see the BBC saying that every other possible variant of 13th Doctor figure is good to release before the first episode, but when it comes to a 5.5″ figure (from a range that was to most people the only real merchandise range for a lot of years) a release has to wait until after Christmas.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      October 11th, 2018 - 1:57pm

      Sainsburys have at least got in on the Doctor Who act.

      Not with figures but with dvds. Both the classic Regeneration box sets and Key to Time as well as things like Dalek War and selected new series season box sets. Also that new Women Who Lived hardback for under a tenner which was really nice but seemingly aimed at younger readers than myself.

  • Merlin

    October 10th, 2018 - 2:45pm

    Thanks for that Booboo.

  • Anonymous

    October 10th, 2018 - 2:43pm

    Hmmm, I wonder if it will be 5 inch or 5.5 inch. It annoys me that the 12 Doctor is out of scale with all the other Doctors – unless, that is, Peter Capaldi is 6ft 7in in real life 🙂

    • booboo

      October 10th, 2018 - 2:51pm

      they were always 5.5″ in scale, the 5″ bit coming from the height of the Daleks used by collectors, 12th Doctor boots were wrong which caused the problem with that one.

      I’m not sure why this and bill are suddenly been marketed at 5″ after 5.5″ had been drummed into everyone over the last few years though just adds to the confusion.

  • Anonymous

    October 10th, 2018 - 1:43pm

    Thanks boo boo, people just need to be patient, they’ll announce things when they announce them.

    • booboo

      October 10th, 2018 - 1:45pm

      wouldn’t have needed to do this if they wern’t up for pre-order order already.

  • the ergon

    October 10th, 2018 - 1:42pm

    Will this seven 20 be making more 5:5 figures from just series 11 onwards or is this just a one off?.Also, if B and m are doing the 4th doctor TARDIS set, if this will be the previous model released hopefully (without shadowy Plinth). Can You imagine the comments again, if its anything like before?

    • booboo

      October 10th, 2018 - 1:49pm

      toots toys have said they are looking more but who knows

  • The Outcast

    October 10th, 2018 - 1:32pm

    Thanks for making this post! Can’t wait to see what figures are in store for us from CO and what this rumoured 4th Doctor and TARDIS B&M set might be.


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