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October 1st, 2021 127 comments

B&M 2021 First Doctor and TARDIS Set

Character Options is excited to announce a next wave of Doctor Who action figure sets for 2021 with five new lines scheduled to arrive in B&M stores in Mid-October.

The line-up will introduce two more action figure three packs, two further ‘History of the Daleks’ sets, plus a rather splendid “Doctor & TARDIS” set. This new wave includes highly detailed and decorated 5.5 inch scale figures with multiple points of articulation all of which come packaged in the familiar ‘heritage’ style Doctor Who collector packs with specially created insert artwork. Once again these Limited Edition figure sets all bring something fresh to the range be it the characters themselves or variants never released before.

In this story, upon entering an old Junkyard in Totters Lane, Shoreditch in a bid to locate a wayward pupil of theirs, schoolteachers Ian and Barbara encounter a mysterious stranger called the Doctor and his unworldly Time and Space machine TARDIS. The set features the First Doctor figure in his closed jacket and scarf plus the TARDIS. The TARDIS is also presented for the first time with a more correct ‘Brachacki’ style taller roof and Fresnel lamp of Season 1 plus additional ‘drip bars’ on the lower windows.

Al Dewar Character Options’ Creative Director said: “I think it is safe to say this swathe of releases is very different from the first release and features some truly unique characters and ‘Big hitters’. This line up represents some of the finest episodes of the Fifth Doctor, Cyber Androids with interchangeable ‘attack’ hands, a Raston Warrior Robot and a new First Doctors TARDIS that’s not just a repaint! In the Daleks sets we have also delivered something new for fans again with some truly nefarious Daleks and the first real ‘army builder’ set. We hope that our fans and followers enjoy them!”

Categorised under: Doctor Who 5" scale figures, Toys


  • Jordiwho

    November 19th, 2021 - 10:19am

    Any news on the release of these?

    • John

      November 19th, 2021 - 10:51am

      Seems to be a general concensus from next week, but nothing official.

  • pupbenny

    November 7th, 2021 - 12:47pm

    This TARDIS would actually be a pretty close match for how it looks in the opening shot of The War Machines I think. Well maybe not the roof perhaps. And plus I just checked and actually in that same scene, from one cut to another, the window frames turn from white to blue LOL. The chamelion circuit was haywire in those days.

  • pupbenny

    October 29th, 2021 - 4:31pm

    I was just thinking, I wonder if this set is an indication of next year’s online exclusive if they do one. An Electronic TARDIS and First Doctor from The Tenth Planet would be a good choice, they’re get to re-use this TARDIS roof (like how they got to re-use the Second Doctor one from the War Games set) and have the Doctor with the cape, etc, except in the outfit colours that matches his final story.

    I wonder if that’d be big enough of a change.

    • TheGingyrDoctor

      October 30th, 2021 - 9:55am

      But the thing is, the Tardis from that story was already second’s Tardis. It had the flat roof with the four corner posts.

    • pupbenny

      October 30th, 2021 - 9:36pm

      Oooooh, that’s true….

    • TheGingyrDoctor

      October 31st, 2021 - 11:02am

      But they could do an electronic version from something like The Chase as the tardis was used quite frequently in that story. Or maybe we get a Third Doctor Tardis from the Green Death? An electronic version would double up as the bracknaki mark 2.

    • Rah1

      November 3rd, 2021 - 4:25pm

      They could do a Tenth Planet TARDIS by reworking the Abominable Snowmen TARDIS with the telephone panel put back on the left-hand door! That said, the flat-roofed version has never been completely accurate, it needs to have the roof raised a little more with that slight gap on the front side!

    • TheGingyrDoctor

      November 22nd, 2021 - 6:13pm

      Maybe if they teaked it properly, we could have a Twice upon a Time/Fugitive of the Judoon Tardis. That would be a cool collectable as they’d only have to tweak first to make him look like David Bradley. Then they could re-release it as an online special with a new Ruth figure! It would be a lot just to make the figure though.

  • Jack

    October 25th, 2021 - 12:30pm

    So are there any sightings of these yet?

    • booboo

      October 25th, 2021 - 1:08pm

      delayed like many other things, might start showing around 22nd November

    • Jack

      October 25th, 2021 - 1:47pm

      Thanks bobo, that’s a shame but in the current chaos (which is likely to persist) understandable.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      October 29th, 2021 - 5:13pm

      I haven’t seen any Doctor Who sets for weeks.

  • Lewisfrisby

    October 20th, 2021 - 10:12am

    When are these sets getting released

    • booboo

      October 20th, 2021 - 10:57am

      last date was 25th October onwards but there are lots of delays at the moment

    • Lewisfrisby

      October 20th, 2021 - 10:21pm

      Ok thanks

  • Joe

    October 15th, 2021 - 12:07am

    And now we find ourselves in mid-October. Now is the waiting game.

  • Philip Shaw

    October 14th, 2021 - 12:26pm

    What TARDIS Variations can they do next?
    Dr 7 with Pink TARDIS from Happiness patrol, 2nd Dr White TARDIS from The Mind Robber. War Dr and Battered TARDIS from Day of the Doctor.

    They have ruled out Dr 6 for reasons of costing too much for the painting of his figure, perhaps a Mark of the Rani miners coat version. Dr 5 and Harlequin would be nice, but please no more standard Dr 5 figures, only so many variants you can do when he only had one minor cricket outfit change in his run, barring the waistcoat in Planet of Fire. Bad wolf TARDIS and Clara tribute possibly if they continue into New Who.

    • The ergon

      October 14th, 2021 - 2:18pm

      You forgot claras memoriam Tardis phillip.

    • Philip Shaw

      October 14th, 2021 - 2:28pm

      That’s what I meant when I said Clara tribute Ergon…

    • TimelordTim

      October 14th, 2021 - 2:42pm

      If they can’t do 6th in the budget range because of the detailed painting required then a Clara memorial TARDIS is unlikely, unless as an online exclusive. Pink, white and even black/white variations all possible though and wouldn’t require anything extravagant.

    • pupbenny

      October 14th, 2021 - 8:31pm

      A problem with the War Doctor one would be the new tooling for the different lamp. It’s pretty much the same as the lamp on the TARDIS from the 4th Doctor regenerated set, from what I can tell, but I don’t know how easy it would be for them to swap the new series lamp for that one.
      Of course, they might not see the need to be *that* accurate with it, especially for a change not a lot of people would probably notice.

    • Robert Watkins

      October 14th, 2021 - 10:30pm

      McGann movie Tardis or Night of the Doctor Tardis

    • the ergon

      October 14th, 2021 - 11:23pm

      Yes saw that phillip now. Just read the top half with regards to TARDIS variants. Rushing in again.

    • Doctor Mysterio

      October 15th, 2021 - 12:15am

      Could they not do the 6th Doctor in a blue coat variant?

    • Rob

      October 17th, 2021 - 7:09pm

      Surely they can do the 7th’s again, but this time with the new thinner base, since that colour was amazing. Plus a 6th is possible but perhaps dropping the figure for it, although I’m not sure how different 6’s is to 5’s or 7’s apart from colour.

      An 8th is a must, with this new 1st having a new roof and lamp, that’s basically all 8’s needs. But for War or any other 9 – 12, I don’t think the bigger mold is ever going to return, due to price, or it would have to be £20 or more and no figure, to turn up at B&M.

    • Popplewick

      October 17th, 2021 - 7:43pm

      If the did the white Mind Robber Police Box I wonder how difficult it would be to mayve include it with a White Robot and maybe Zoe in her sparkling outfit. There’s rather a lot in The Mind Robber that’s figure worthy.

    • the ergon

      October 17th, 2021 - 8:23pm

      They dont have to drop the 6th doctor figure if hes in the the waistcoat from The Two Doctors or his blue Mourning cape from Revelation.

    • the ergon

      October 17th, 2021 - 9:30pm

      Its probably easier with humans or humanoid shapes for wraparounds and the odd new head sculpt. I,m not sure if the budget would stretch that far popplewick, for a new one off figure they might not beable to reuse for the B And M Who collection.

  • Whovian

    October 8th, 2021 - 12:02pm

    Definitely want the First Doctor and the TARDIS set. With these waves of figures, I’ve only managed to find the Ian and Voord sets, so made sure to pick one up. None of the sets are in any of my local stores sadly and I refuse to buy from scalpers on ebay.

    The moment I see this set, I’m grabbing one

  • Doc

    October 7th, 2021 - 9:07pm

    Bit of an odd question but, how’s the sellotape placed when the TARDIS is packaged in the box? Because in my copy of the War Games TARDIS set, the sellotape was placed, round & into them, that the doors were warped. (Sorry if it was unclear)

    • Rex Farrel

      October 7th, 2021 - 11:43pm

      They changed it for the Snowmen Tardis due to that problem. Presumably they’ll carry over the new method.

    • Hayley

      October 7th, 2021 - 11:52pm

      Back to the old plastic thing like the androzani one

    • John Hogg

      October 9th, 2021 - 10:23pm

      its not the sellotape its missing a thin strip of plastic at base that stops doors opening outwards so instead of closing flush they bow outwards easy fix but nothing to do with selotaping them

  • pupbenny

    October 6th, 2021 - 7:54pm

    It just dawned on me that I probably won’t be able to get this set because there’s no B&M near me and Doctor & TARDIS sets always go for ridiculous amounts on eBay…. lol.

    • Erato

      October 6th, 2021 - 9:13pm

      Not sure I agree with you there… The War Games, Peladon and Visitation TARDISes are still quite reasonable at £25-35, and you can get the electronic Second Doctor TARDIS from Abominable Snowmen for between £45-50. It was £39.99 to buy new from CO only a few months ago.

    • Coleman

      October 7th, 2021 - 11:51am

      Ha, Erato, my favourite Who monster, lol.

    • pupbenny

      October 7th, 2021 - 1:35pm

      @Erato Very true, but I’d guess this 1st Doctor’s TARDIS will be more in the league of the Shada TARDIS, in terms of desirability, which frequently sells for close to £100. (Not that the Abominable Snowman set wasn’t desirable but it was available online so anyone that wanted it could’ve/would’ve got one so the price is probably going to remain relatively low for a bit with that one.)

    • Rex Farrel

      October 7th, 2021 - 11:40pm

      The Shada Tardis is only expensive now – ebay prices at the time of release were often around £30-35, £40 if you were unlucky. It actually seemed to be the slowest seller until recently, so it’s probably desperate punters buying them who passed on them for too long. You just need to follow the ebay patterns, checking completed listings, etc. I’m sure you’ll get one for a fair price if you time it right.

  • Erato

    October 6th, 2021 - 7:24pm

    Just noticed that the white sign on this TARDIS is inaccurate. It should be in a ‘times new Roman’ style font rather than an ‘arial’ font. Even the old Uber rare electronic 1st doctor TARDIS got that one right! So annoying!

    • Rex Farrel

      October 7th, 2021 - 11:50pm

      It might be too expensive this time, a higher rate of faulty/smudged ones perhaps?

  • Inter Minor

    October 3rd, 2021 - 6:17pm

    I’m still waiting for my local stores to get the current ones
    Not a sausage

    • Crosby

      October 7th, 2021 - 6:08am

      I only manage to get one of each 3 figure sets then they all sold out in Redditch still trying to get the HOTD 5&7

  • Doug Quaid

    October 3rd, 2021 - 12:11am

    Should I be sleeping in the B&M carpark for the next 2 weeks ready for when this gets put on the shop shelf…

    • booboo

      October 3rd, 2021 - 9:03am

      it this stage they are down for around the 25th

    • John

      October 3rd, 2021 - 1:19pm

      Get the tents out

    • John

      October 3rd, 2021 - 1:20pm

      Love the fresnal lamp

    • Doc

      October 4th, 2021 - 9:32pm

      XD that’s a hilarious comment!

  • Lewisfrisby

    October 2nd, 2021 - 10:26pm

    I will 100% be getting this

    • Dalek Eye Stalk

      October 4th, 2021 - 8:39am

      I will 100% be getting this….likely on eBay as per usual.

    • Coleman

      October 4th, 2021 - 9:28am

      I know it’s annoying Dalek Eye Stalk, not been able to get these Exclusives in the shops.
      But when you keep going round and round the shops wasting Fuel or paying bus fares, sometimes it’s better to cut your losses and order from eBay. At least your guaranteed to get them.

  • Fledershrew

    October 2nd, 2021 - 6:37pm

    This might be the best Tardis Set since the Shada set was released. One for the Christmas list!

  • Doctor Mysterio

    October 2nd, 2021 - 6:21pm

    I want I want!

  • Doctor What

    October 2nd, 2021 - 4:00pm

    The bit that surprises me is that they never marketed it as ‘The Aztecs’ TARDIS instead of An Unearthly Child, mainly because it’s completely accurate to that episode more or less, the St.John’s logo in that has faded badly, the window bottoms are accurate to it too as is the roof, plus wouldn’t have had to change the First Doctor figure at all (apart from removing his scarf)

  • Type 15

    October 2nd, 2021 - 3:32pm

    How much will this cost?

    • booboo

      October 2nd, 2021 - 5:23pm

      as far as we know still £19.99

  • Alex Oswin

    October 2nd, 2021 - 11:42am

    I’m not really a 1st Doctor fan but this set is very tempting. Such a nice looking police box.

    • John

      October 2nd, 2021 - 3:30pm

      I have to say I have the original 1st tardis and this one looks great mile better

  • Rob Marsden

    October 2nd, 2021 - 9:11am

    This is AMAZING! The TARDIS is also more accurate to the screen box than the original release! Well done

    • John

      October 2nd, 2021 - 2:44pm

      Ha guy in ebay has all sets for £200

  • Tom

    October 2nd, 2021 - 5:42am

    Getting real sick of seeing these great sets and STILL no international distributor.

  • Popplewick

    October 2nd, 2021 - 12:54am

    Is this based on the ‘pilot episode ?

    • John

      October 2nd, 2021 - 2:48pm


    • Psychedelic

      October 2nd, 2021 - 5:23pm

      It’s based off An Unearthly Child (Despite the pull to open sign not being painted). The Unaired Pilot episode has a non weathered box, which is the 2010 Electronic tardis set.

      Definitely a fantastic set!

  • Jamie

    October 2nd, 2021 - 12:36am


  • pupbenny

    October 1st, 2021 - 11:37pm

    Oh yeah, is the lamp a new sculpt?

  • Dalekz

    October 1st, 2021 - 11:09pm

    The original 1st Doctor Tardis was cool but hard to find cheap now so this is great and if the roof is more acturate on this one thats a bonus

    • Philip shaw

      October 1st, 2021 - 11:12pm

      Dr has no Cape and walking stick as on the original, didn’t expect a skull but would have been nice to have a full re issue.

  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    October 1st, 2021 - 10:19pm

    Only interested in getting the ‘An Unearthly Child’ Tardis set, and ‘The Five Doctors’ set.

  • pupbenny

    October 1st, 2021 - 10:04pm

    This is slightly strange to me because they did An Unearthly Child set years ago with a different looking Doctor and TARDIS. I assumed this was just like from elsewhere during his era, with the TARDIS looking way more tattered than in the previous version, so I’m suprised to read it’s from the same story!

    What’s the deal with this? Is this one more accurate or something? Is it from the unreelased pilot that they filmed? (I don’t think so judging by Hartnell’s outfit? No tie.)

    Either way I think it looks really nice! Just curious about the story of it. 🙂

    • Paddy Troughton

      October 1st, 2021 - 10:36pm

      The roof for one is more accurate as the original first doctor tardis just used the original 80s tardis mould. Also the base is thinner, the saint John’s ambulance sticker is damaged compared to the pristine original one. And finally hasn’t got the green weathering on it and the bottoms of the windows are different. As for the doctor no idea where he comes from in the story maybe he looks like that in the cave of skulls??

    • Philip shaw

      October 1st, 2021 - 11:07pm

      Read somewhere that the St John’s logo couldn’t be used anymore so perhaps that’s why it’s only partially seen. Checked the episode TARDIS pics and it’s complete on them.

    • pupbenny

      October 2nd, 2021 - 12:19am

      Yeah, I checked the episode too and the logo seemed to be completely there very clearly. I know it did get worn out throughout his era though, so I figured it was from later on, so it’s just strange to me that it’s meant to be from the pilot. Maybe it’s like you said because of the copyright thing, or whatever the issue was that they couldn’t use it anymore.

      They’ve genuinely done a terrific job with the TARDIS though, I was just comparing it with a famous image that I’m sure is what they used as reference of the actual one because it looks exactly the same! They really put in a lot of effort to get so many details right with this model and it’s really looks great! 🙂

    • pupbenny

      October 2nd, 2021 - 12:22am

      Probably only thing I would say is I’d be tempted to shade the windows black/grey. Maybe? Not sure. A lot of the pictures I’m looking at have it with black/grey windows instead of white/clear. (Not that it matters, just interesting to note. 🙂 )

    • Alan

      October 2nd, 2021 - 11:40am

      Originally, the 1st Doctors Electronic Tardis set from way back would have been more accurate but they re-used the same mold as the 7th Doctor’s Tardis instead.

  • Robert Watkins

    October 1st, 2021 - 9:51pm

    Shame no cloak

  • Master of M

    October 1st, 2021 - 9:43pm

    Nice TARDIS in this set

  • Mrs Croot

    October 1st, 2021 - 9:39pm

    Is this An Unearthly Child or The Pilot, because i thought the tall roof was only in that prototype episode, nice addition altogether.

    • Bobby Davros

      October 2nd, 2021 - 10:41pm

      I hope one day we get the First Doctor in his white Panama hat from the Dalek Masterplan and other stories. This could have been it.

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