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Big Finish Exclusive Variant 8th Doctor / Dalek Set

You can search for these sets at

You can also check for any sales in Completed Listings

Please note there ARE differences between the big Finish Sets and the B&M sets, some more subtle than others.

This Sold Out item was available for a limited time from

  • Thing of Guile Dalek has silver mid slats (not gold) but no change to the War Doctor
  • The 7th Doctor Has a darker colour jersey and Scarf
  • The 8th doctor has Black not brown boots and there are minor differences on the Dalek
  • Strictly limited quantity of the three Character Options Doctor/Dalek sets for sale online
  • The sets are available from Big Finish ONLY as a bundle.
  • The price is £59.99 for the three sets, plus a £10 courier shipping fee. Overseas shipping is £30.
  • Orders are limited to one set per customer

Big Finish is delighted to confirm that a strictly limited quantity of Character Options Big Finish-inspired Doctor Who action figures are now for sale from

Big Finish listeners and fans of Doctor Who toys were delighted by the announcement in June that three sets of Big Finish Character Options action figures would be available from B&M retail stores in the UK this summer.

The Dalek is a Whitish Eye and the 8th Doctor Shoes are Black in the Big Finish exclusive sets…

The full 2019 line of collectable Doctor Who figures and sets were unveiled on Character Options’ own YouTube channel [] in an unboxing-style video presented by the firm’s Creative Director, Al Dewar.

And now that the three sets have been fully revealed, as a treat for Big Finish listeners, a limited supply are available to buy from These figures are available for both UK and overseas customers. But be quick! Once they are gone, they’re gone!

Amongst these great new collectables, the three unique Doctor and Dalek twin packs inspired by Big Finish stories are:

The Eighth Doctor and Dalek Interrogator Prime Action Figure Set – showing the fully articulated Doctor dressed in jeans and double breasted jacket from Dark Eyes, plus an Interrogator Dalek which the Eighth Doctor faces in the Time War.

The War Doctor and Dalek Scientist Action Figure Set – containing the Doctor as played by John Hurt in the War Doctor audio episodes, whilst the Dalek included is a scientist and works independently of High Command.

The Seventh Doctor and Axis Strike Squad Dalek Action Figure Set – featuring the Time Lord as played by Sylvester McCoy in the Gallifrey VI series with one of the bronze Daleks that have taken over the AXIS.

Nicholas Briggs, executive producer of Big Finish, told us how he felt about Big Finish’s first action figures: “There’s something magical about the Character Options Doctor Who figures, and not just because I bought boxes and boxes of them for my son! I’ve always felt that they were made with great love and with the fans in mind – much like Big Finish stories.

“Al Dewar from Character Options and I have kept up a dialogue, virtually since Doctor Who returned to TV back in 2005, so it’s really great that this has finally come together. What do you mean, you don’t believe I bought the figures for my son? I mean, I’ve never played with them myself… never… ever… Well, maybe there was just that one time…”

Jason Haigh-Ellery, executive producer of Big Finish, added: “Thanks to Character Options we finally have action figures representing characterisations of the Doctor as heard in Big Finish’s audio drama. I was very excited to see these first sets take shape, and I look forward to seeing many more in the future!”

Al Dewar commented: “It was huge fun to reveal by video the entire new collection. We are incredibly proud of this summer 2019 line up and believe that the fans will be equally delighted with each product that is to be launched. Our loyal following of collectors are always keen to gain a first glimpse of what’s new and doing this in such a personal style was important to us. The next stage is to see the range in stores!”

The three Big Finish-inspired sets are now available in a very limited supply. They are available ONLY as a bundle together priced at just £59.99, with an additional £10 courier shipping fee for the UK, or £30 for overseas shipping.

These sets are strictly limited to ONE per customer.

For those who reside in the UK, these sets will also be available from your local B&M retail store later this month.

Categorised under: Doctor Who 5" scale figures, Toys



  • Joseph O’Hara

    February 3rd, 2020 - 11:15am

    I’m legitimately disappointed that I missed these. I love the Big Finish costumes, the Eight Doctor especially looks really cool. I’d love to see a Big Finish Derek Jacobi War Master, that would be awesome!

    Am I right in saying they’ve taken away articulation in new releases? Do these figures still have ball-jointed shoulders or have they reverted to the older hinge set up?

  • Brian Artillery

    October 22nd, 2019 - 4:29am

    I found all of the sets in a branch of B&M – not even knowing they existed, whilst looking for something totally different. Did I grab them and forget my original objective? Hell, yes. Not bothered about limited editions – last one of those I bought was the Doctor’s 9th incarnation with the green shirt – just glad to finally get a Harry Sullivan figure, and the ‘Shada’ TARDIS.

  • Brass Drag0n

    September 9th, 2019 - 11:07am

    Pick up the last 8th Doctor set on the shelf from the B&M store at Lakeside, Essex. They still have a couple of the War Doctor sets and half a dozen of the 7th Doctor sets on the shelves though..

  • Mrs Croot

    August 19th, 2019 - 9:45am

    Will we get a golden Emperor Dalek from the comics and audios, because it’s been a Dalek wanted by fans for years! Problem is it would all be new moulding except for the arms 🙁

    • booboo

      August 19th, 2019 - 9:51am

      i would say not much chance of that, not from Character anyway

  • Davros_Secretary

    August 16th, 2019 - 9:23pm

    Actually kinda glad I missed out on these BF sets now, as the differences are so minor and the only one of the three that actually seems an improvement is the 7th Dr set, as the more burgandy/darker sweater looks better than the more reddish colour of the mass release version.

    This 8th Doctor figure in particular is LESS accurate, as in all Dark Eyes/Doom Coalition photos, it’s pretty clear the 8th Doctor is wearing light brown shoes, not black. So C/O have purposely created a less accurate variant just for the sake of doing something different for the BF exclusive releases.

  • Wholords2

    August 12th, 2019 - 10:52am

    Just got a despatch email from big finish!

    • booboo

      August 12th, 2019 - 10:57am

      i haven’t yet.

    • Alvin

      August 12th, 2019 - 11:11am

      I got one as well, DPD will be delivering them tomorrow

    • Dalek Command

      August 12th, 2019 - 4:41pm

      Got despatch email as well. Delivery tomorrow.

  • Bob James

    August 9th, 2019 - 3:11pm

    SOLD OUT! And those who DON”T reside in the UK who wanted these can get ready for the royal screwing we’ll take buying them on eBay UK and Amazon UK. Same with the later stock on B&M shelves. We really are back to “Wilderness Years” level screwing to get collectibles if we live outside the UK. Years of business and loyalty rewarded like this. Thanks again BF and CO.

    • TARDIS_H63

      August 11th, 2019 - 9:49am

      Sorry… “Royal screwing”?

    • Anonymous

      August 11th, 2019 - 12:19pm

      The BF sets were available to be posted overseas, and as for the B&M sets they are just sold in shop so where it’s sold can’t be helped.

    • Bob James

      August 13th, 2019 - 5:35am

      About 500 made available through the BF website might have helped, though. That would have given more non UK fans an opportunity to get these without the “Royal Screwing”. Royal screwing means the completely unfair prices that will have to be paid for anyone not among the special 150. And yes, if you can’t tell, I’m sorry too. Perhaps I should have capped my spending on each company’s products at $150.00? Being a loyal customer since that first fateful audio cassette of “The Sirens Of Time” obviously means nothing to BF, and I got that message loud and clear.

    • booboo

      August 13th, 2019 - 8:11am

      I sympathise with people in the USA however there is another side to this.

      Presumably Seven20 (ex UT) screwed Character with the last 12th Doctor figures etc and with their “go it alone” stance ( and we have all seen the abomination that produced ) effectively stopped any chance of these figures getting to the USA on mass with BBC licensing restriction.

      perhaps some of the anger vented at big finish should be shared around a little.

      If Big finish had say 1000 unit to ship overseas only UK buyers would kick up a stink, not everyone lives near a B&M.

      I cant see B&M wanting to share these in large quantities anyway would defeat the object of their existence in the 1st place.

    • Anonymous

      August 14th, 2019 - 4:18am

      I don’t want to hate anyone, they are just doing their job, but booboo you do have a point. Sucks what seven20 have put out. Plus it was cheaper to buy the CO 13th doctor figure from the UK anyway.

      Really upset about such a limited amount. Why not 1000 as someone else said? Why can’t there be some set aside for international buyers? I’m not BF, they obviously have their own plans, but really, really saddened by this.

    • MJS

      August 14th, 2019 - 8:31am

      There was only ever 150 of each set. There were always going to disappointed customers. I’ve been a loyal BF customer for many years, even BEEN on a couple of the discs, and I missed out on these. There’s too much vitriol being poured out to BF. They’re a small company doing their best. Well done to those who got them, commiserations to those that didn’t, but that’s the way it goes. Big Finish didn’t do anything to anyone personally.

    • Bob James

      August 16th, 2019 - 5:15am

      MJS, Big Finish best just wasn’t good enough. And though you might be right about their being a small company, they’ve proved to me that they must regard myself and non UK customers as even smaller than they are. There is no excuse for this, none. I’m going to quiet down now, take the bath I’m going to have to take to get my Eighth Doctor/Interrogator Dalek set on Amazon UK or eBay UK and get over it. Then both Character and Big Finish can get over me no longer being a customer. I’m sure they’ll find that easier than I will, as they’ll retain the only customers that seem to matter to them. It’s only some meaningless fans that have to do without what they wanted.

    • Cyberman Bill

      August 19th, 2019 - 12:51pm

      @ Bob…. Relax…. it is what it is. Your argument had no merit!! I live in the US and I will have to settle getting the regular B&M releases. But it’s not “Settling!”…(that almost sounds like I was ENTITLED to be able to get one of the limited releases and we all know that no one is ENTITLED to anything). I collect everything you related that is Doctor Who and I have every Character Options figure that was released even some that weren’t (Prototypes, etc). I’m a completionist. You would think I would be upset that I’m not getting the limited sets but I didn’t pay attention that they went on sale so that’s on me…it’s my fault not any companies fault! Somewhere in the future I may be able to pick up one or all of the limited releases. Until then I’ll be very happy with getting all of the B&M releases added to my collection. As for your argument?… hmm? Where have I heard that before…. hmm?? Pretty much any time they release a Doctor Who item ONLY in the USA and not the UK. You would here people complain like you and Say it’s not fair that a British show releases these things only in the USA!… There have been quite a few, including several figures people wanted (in the US we got some figures in abundance that became peg warmers and sold for pretty cheap while all the while in the UK they were lucky to find just 1 of these figures but would mostly find nothing figures like the 8th Doctor, War Doctor, 13 Doctors set, Dalek Sex re- release just to name a few and not to mention the UT releases only for the US or the Diamond Packaging, etc.). So, we in the US have had it better at times but you weren’t complaining them or saying your done with a company and leaving (even though they had nothing to do with why your upset!)
      Anyway.. I’ve went on way too much but I’m getting sick of people complaining and blaming Big Finish or Character Options for something that they should really be blaming themselves for! The conceit of entitlement that some people have just boggle the mind!! It’s ok to be upset that you missed out but some of you all are getting ridiculously way out of hand. If you want to stop being a customer you have every right to do that (and you’re right, Character wouldn’t even notice or care). I just feel people need to take a deep breath and relax. There will be plenty of stock, even for us Americans, of the regular release, that you will be able to get everyone of these sets you want added to your collection. Now that sounds like something that should he celebrated and not condemned!!

    • Bob James

      August 19th, 2019 - 11:48pm

      Cyberman Bill, I’m not at all claiming an entitlement, and my ire has nothing to do with having to have the limited Big Finish sets. The bundle was my only opportunity to AFFORD all three sets, as the reseller/scalper prices that have and will come to eBay UK and Amazon UK will limit me to just being able to get my “must have” Eighth Doctor/Interrogator Dalek set, even considering the B&M stock. There should have been the consideration that with no international distributor for Character, Big Finish should have been allotted much more on hand stock for international buyers. Otherwise these come and go with a lot of people having to do without. When I add the Fifth Doctor/Tardis (COA) set, and the Sontaran set (with that long overdue Harry Sullivan figure) to my wishlist, I’ll be spending three times as much as the bundle would have cost. I stand by my conviction here. Badly, poorly handled on the part of both Big Finish and Character.

    • MJS

      August 20th, 2019 - 8:48am

      Bob, you’re being particularly harsh on BF, but even they asked that customers buy the B&M versions so international customers can buy straight from them.
      I get your frustration. But it’s happened. A LOT of people missed out. I hope you manage to source the B&M versions which will be just as good as the BF ltd eds.

    • Bob James

      August 20th, 2019 - 2:38pm

      I do as well. These “little” things mean a lot to fans/collectors, and I hope that any international fans wanting any or all of these sets can get them without too much of a financial bloodletting. Character has a history of bad judgement that has repeatedly led to bad decisions leading to more bad judgement. It seems to me that, even extending to former US distributor Underground Toys, the greed present has driven these companies to self sabotaging, when meeting fans expectations and to some extent, demands, would have made for considerable profits and collector satisfaction well enough. I just can’t get past feeling that both companies just cared too little to do better. It’s a small comfort though, to know that with the grossly inflated reseller/scalper prices being thrown out there, Character and Big Finish aren’t going to see a profit from it anyway.

    • Bob James

      August 25th, 2019 - 4:52am

      Okay. Looks like getting these sets, including the non Big Finish Doctor and Tardis sets are shaking out to about $82.00 USD (including shipping) each from sellers in the UK who will ship internationally. A sizable number won’t. So far, I’ve secured the Eighth Doctor/Interrogator Prime Dalek set as well as the Doctor/Tardis sets for the Fourth and Fifth Doctors. I’m still searching out the Sontarans set that includes that awesome Harry Sullivan figure, though this one so far seems scarce. So, shop around Stateside fans, as this is still a bath, but not quite the bath I know I feared. Happy hunting!

    • Bob James

      August 25th, 2019 - 5:31pm

      $404.87 USD later, and I’ve got all the new Character/Big Finish/B&M Doctor Who figure sets I wanted. Collecting was never such a bloodletting, and this will end such endeavors for me. Thanks again Character, for being so very British, Big Finish for being so very considerate of your US customers, and B&M for not shipping outside its back yard. Be wise fellow non UK fans, and get what you want if you can, but let me encourage you all to think twice if at all possible. Cheers!

    • booboo

      August 25th, 2019 - 6:13pm

      Don’t forget to thank seven20 for their go it alone approach in the USA. You might have got these otherwise. Instead Seven20 are producing their own fine range of figures for you, they don’t want characters.

    • Bob James

      August 25th, 2019 - 10:35pm

      I am aware that they have done a Jodie Whittaker, but have they done any other figures? From what I understand, Seven20 are the remains of Underground Toys USA (a lot of the same people on board, including someone at the top), but they haven’t seemed to be either productive or aggressive in producing and releasing new Who figures. They’d have to produce something I wanted to get my business, and a Whittaker figure isn’t anything close to that.

    • booboo

      August 26th, 2019 - 9:37am

      Yes, and they are the real reason why the USA don’t have the B&M sets.

      They seemingly stuffed character over and wanted to go alone, they and only they have the license to manufacture and distribute Doctor Who toys in the USA. That’s why they do their own 13th Doctor, 12th Sonic, 13th sonic and soon war Doctor Sonic.

      These are B&M exclusives, emphasis on exclusives, that’s the only reason they exist , try to dilute sales via other outlets and would be an end to it anyway.

      I would also point out that last time one of these sets came to the USA ( and a very good 3rd Doctor set it was ) turned into a disaster for whona.

  • Anonymous

    August 7th, 2019 - 9:26pm

    didn’t even know they were on sale yet so thats fun. on the plus side these sets and how they’ve sold can only mean good things for the classic figure range.

    • Anonymous

      August 8th, 2019 - 6:30pm

      Same!! Gutted as at work all day and not allowed my phone on!! Gonna be alot of disappointed people big finish!!!

  • MJS

    August 7th, 2019 - 6:19pm

    TBH I don’t think there’ll be that much difference in the sets. Just seen a post by BF where they have asked fans to consider buying from B&M in order to allow fans overseas to order from BF. Wouldn’t do that if they were substantially different

    • booboo

      August 7th, 2019 - 6:32pm

      Bit late for that.

      They clearly don’t know the completest market very well, any official variant, no matter how small a difference will attract buyers, and there are probably a lot more than 150 of them.

      There are also many UK buyers where even buying from B&M is out of reach.

      The fact is for whatever reason there was nowhere near enough of these to satisfy all parties.

    • Anonymous

      August 7th, 2019 - 8:19pm

      When it says 150, does that mean 150 three set bundle or 150 of each figure set?

    • Jamie D

      August 7th, 2019 - 8:26pm

      150 of each set would make 150 bundles.

  • MJS

    August 7th, 2019 - 6:06pm

    I missed out too but I’m ok about it. First come first served. I didn’t see any announcement about it. But hey ho!

  • Anonymous

    August 7th, 2019 - 4:44pm

    Booboo, was this the only chance for an international buyer to purchase this set? I really wanted both the 8th and 7th Doctor, and I REALLY don’t want to bid on those ridiculous ebay prices for it. Is there any other way an international buyer can get these? I don’t care whether they’re the Big finish exclusive variant or the regular ones, I just REALLY wanted these sets (the same as everyone else, but still).

    • booboo

      August 7th, 2019 - 4:53pm

      no that was it, B&M don’t sell anything online not even to the UK

      I’m not sure what the idea behind such a limited quantity was (could be B&M”s insistence as to not to take away business from them) Total underestimation from Big Finish, who knows.

      This is all unknown territory for all parties to be honest.

    • Anonymous

      August 7th, 2019 - 5:57pm

      @booboo Ok, I see, thanks booboo. It makes me feel a little better that everyone is just as confused, still quite upset on missing these though. Oh well. You win some, you lose some (managed to snag a 4th Doctor regen TARDIS a few months ago for decent price on ebay).

    • Cyberman Bill

      August 19th, 2019 - 12:58pm

      @ Anonymous….. hit me up if your going to want any of the B&M seta… I’m getting several of each set from a è in the UK and I can most likely get some more of you want any of them. Just wanting to help pay it forward to a Soctor Who fan because someone did it for me years ago.

  • Steven taylor

    August 7th, 2019 - 3:55pm

    So im guessing these won’t be coming to B&M

    • booboo

      August 7th, 2019 - 4:00pm

      yes the will on their 1000’s, the Big Finish ones are Ltd slight variants

    • Steven taylor

      August 7th, 2019 - 4:06pm

      Ok thats good, i worried i missed out, also what are the differences

    • booboo

      August 7th, 2019 - 4:08pm

      we don’t know right now

    • Steven taylor

      August 7th, 2019 - 5:52pm

      Will you be posting when they are in stores

    • booboo

      August 7th, 2019 - 5:54pm

      yes, we will know when stocks are being sent out

    • Steven taylor

      August 7th, 2019 - 7:32pm

      Do you also know when there on the shelf of specific stores, if so is there a way to contact me when their there? Or will you do a big list or something

    • booboo

      August 7th, 2019 - 7:37pm

      no they cant do it, they did tell us that, their stock system lags behind because of shear volume of sales so would never be accurate.

      we will have all the info product codes etc when the time is right

  • Steven taylor

    August 7th, 2019 - 3:54pm

    So these wont be coming to B&M

    • booboo

      August 7th, 2019 - 3:56pm

      yes, but the big finish ones had slight differences

  • The 14th doctor

    August 7th, 2019 - 2:57pm

    So these are different are they????????

    • booboo

      August 7th, 2019 - 3:00pm

      yes, apparently, confirmed by Big Finish

  • Anonymous

    August 7th, 2019 - 2:46pm

    VERY angry about this. I missed out. Limiting them to a quantity of 150 is absolutely ridiculous.

    • Anonymous

      August 7th, 2019 - 3:41pm

      Oh I know, I was checking every day and I still missed out

    • Anonymous

      August 7th, 2019 - 3:45pm

      Seconded. Been waiting for these for weeks and missed it by pure bad luck!

    • Anonymous

      August 7th, 2019 - 4:42pm

      Same. I’m fuming. I’m international (the time difference did NOT help) so there’s no chance for me to even make it to a B&M. What the hey Big Finish?!

    • Anonymous

      August 12th, 2019 - 8:42am

      I usually check first thing in the morning, did so on Wednesday and still no sign. Had also contacted Big Finish and asked to be updated about the release of these if possible when they were first mentioned on here. Signed up to their newsletter etc. No contact. Also checked at lunchtime on Wednesday, just after midday. Again no indication on the Big Finish website.

      I really hope the next release of ltd editions – if any – goes through with a bit more thought and realisation of the level of interest. Simply looking at the responses on here would have been enough I would have thought, to realise 150 sets and very little warning, if any, would probably cause a lot of frustration and a great deal of negative comments.

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