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Royal Mail Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Stamps

Royal Mail Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Stamps

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• 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the longest-running science fiction series in the world; the first episode was broadcast on 23 November 1963
• Each of the Eleven Doctors is featured in the set of 11 stamps depicting the actors who played the role over the last five decades
• Fans can pre-order the stamps by registering at
• From 26 March 2013, the stamps will be available to buy online, by phone on 08457 641 641, and in 9000 Post Offices across the UK

March 26 2013, will see Royal Mail celebrate the 50th anniversary of the world’s longest running science fiction series in TV history – Doctor Who – with the launch of a special set of 11 stamps.

A full set of Doctor Who stamps contains 11 1st Class Stamps, 1 Miniature Sheet, 1 Presentation Pack and 1 Prestige Stamp Book.

The stamps will feature each of the actors who have played the role of the Time Lord over the last 50 years. The stamp design will see the face of each Doctor appearing out of the iconic swirling screen idents, made famous by the opening credits of the TV show. The first two stamps are in black and white, as the first two incarnations of the Doctor were broadcast in monochrome.

Featuring on the stamps are the present Doctor, Matt Smith, as well as David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davison, Tom Baker, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton and the First Doctor, William Hartnell.

In addition to the 11 stamps featuring the Doctors, a five stamp miniature sheet will also be available. In the centre of the sheet is a stamp featuring the Doctor’s space and time travelling machine, the world famous Time and Relative Dimension in Space or the TARDIS as it is more commonly known. The remaining four stamps feature some of the Doctor’s most famous foes; a Dalek, a Cyberman, an Ood and a Weeping Angel.

Andrew Hammond, Managing Director, Stamps and Collectibles at Royal Mail, said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate this remarkable 50th anniversary. These stamps pay tribute to the brilliant actors that have played the Doctor over the years as well as the adversaries that helped make the show so popular.”

Fiona Eastwood, Product Development Director, BBC Worldwide Consumer Products said: “The Doctor Who stamps are the perfect way to mark and celebrate the 50th anniversary of this much-loved programme. The collection is really impressive, and I am sure they will delight all Doctor Who fans.“

The stamps launch on March 26 2013, but fans can pre-order today by registering at the link above.


The Miniature Sheet

Presented on an exclusive 50th Anniversary card, this Miniature Sheet brings together Second Class stamps featuring four of the Doctor’s most iconic foes (Dalek, Ood, Weeping Angel and Cybermen) around a centrepiece First Class Stamp portraying the TARDIS itself.


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  • The Flying Shark

    April 18th, 2013 - 3:47pm

    There is also a Peter Cushing stamp out now.

    • booboo

      April 18th, 2013 - 3:48pm

      yes in his Sherlock holes get up

  • The Flying Shark

    April 18th, 2013 - 3:47pm

    If anybody is interested, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, there is a Peter Cushing stamp out now, in his Sherlock Holmes outfit. I got one earlier.

  • tommy

    April 5th, 2013 - 12:00pm

    i want Christopher’s, David’s, and Smith’s stamps! 😀 but what could be if they had the master on the stamp. John Simm!

  • booboo

    March 5th, 2013 - 4:31pm

    These are all over ebay with images of the actual items and they obviously have them in hand for despatch yet nothing form Royal Mail – so much for signing up for the latest info

    • Matthew Bazza

      March 25th, 2013 - 5:37pm

      What about delivery will they get delivered tomorrow if you pre-ordered them

    • Carol roberts

      January 13th, 2018 - 1:58pm

      I have one to auction off the royal mail, to raise money for my sons life changing surgery in Germany, royal mails gift to my husband who works for them

  • Arindam Sen

    February 27th, 2013 - 4:50am

    Why doesn’t the FDC and Stamp sheet feature in the Royal Mail website for ordering (other than registration)yet? An early listing helps overseas customers to pre-order them, as it was in the case of ‘Jane Austen’ and ‘Ponds’ series.

  • Tommyd987

    February 23rd, 2013 - 12:03pm

    What is the price of the 11 doctors stamps?

    • Radburn

      February 23rd, 2013 - 12:30pm

      Depends – If you just buy the 11 First Class Stamps it’s £6.60p – But if you buy the Presentation Pack it will probably be a couple of pounds more. This also depends on if they release the Miniature Sheet with it as a full Presentation Set or sell it individually?

  • The Noise Tank Cyberman

    January 5th, 2013 - 8:34pm

    Amazing this was on the newspaper 🙂

    • Anonymous

      October 31st, 2014 - 4:22pm

      Yes it was☆

  • Mumble5557 Productions

    December 31st, 2012 - 8:01pm

    we buy stamps for posting so I’ll grab a load

    • Mumble5557 Productions

      December 31st, 2012 - 8:03pm

      Favourite ones are all the classics plus Eccleston

  • McGann is the Doctor

    December 30th, 2012 - 11:40pm

    Oh cool, these look great !

    Getting Doctors 3-8 and the 11th.

  • doctorwhoone

    December 28th, 2012 - 4:38pm

    Sun Newspaper mentioned these and they said that these are coming out on Tuesday 8th January 2013, yet here on this site it says Thursday 26th March 2013, so who’s right ?.

    • doctorwhoone

      December 28th, 2012 - 4:39pm

      Tuesday 26th March not Thursday, D’oh 😛

    • booboo

      December 28th, 2012 - 6:21pm

      what is on this site is the wording from the Royal mail press release, thats all i know

    • doctorwhoone

      December 29th, 2012 - 3:41pm

      Oh ok, thanks Boo Boo, happy New Year to you and Luke 😉

  • cyberman2

    December 28th, 2012 - 10:41am

    i want these for my stamp collection

    • Carol roberts

      January 13th, 2018 - 2:00pm

      I have them framed,royal mail donated so I can raise money for my sons life changing surgery in Germany

  • The Intelligence is back

    December 28th, 2012 - 9:20am

    Wow. I mean WOWWWWWWWWW!!!!

    What a start for 2013. Of course Royal Mail know that people like me will buy this as they want to get in on the act.

    But for me two things will make 2013 special. First, as many surviving Doctors as possible returning and secondly lets hope that the BBC can request and get HM the Queen to visit the Doctor Who studios and be seen at the TARDIS console. Well, if she can be a Bond girl, why not a Who girl?

    • king kong loves PSY

      December 28th, 2012 - 4:48pm

      That sounds just weird love the idea

      Do u know the little snowman

  • The Cyber Squirrel

    December 27th, 2012 - 9:15pm

    I wonder if the royal mint will release special coins to celebrate the 50th anniversary

    • Mr Evil Fez

      December 28th, 2012 - 4:40pm

      Good idea!

  • SamBentleyUK

    December 27th, 2012 - 8:49pm

    I’m tempted to buy the £30 collectors edition, you know with the presentation oack etc. but then also buy some of each to use as back ups/actaul stamps. Hahah!

  • SamBentleyUK

    December 26th, 2012 - 8:18pm

    Will definitley be buying these, shame theres no pre-order. Though £30 that is a whole days wages for me, oh well it’s worth it. I’m not to sure on the second class sheet though, maybe that is simply because I have never liked the 9th/10th era vortex.

    Talking of vortex’sI LOVE the new ‘2013’ one. LOVE IT!

    • Radburn

      December 26th, 2012 - 8:27pm

      It will only be £30 if you buy the 4 items currently listed:

      11 1st. Class Stamps
      1 Miniature Sheet
      1 Presentation Pack
      1 Prestige Stamp Book

    • luke kelly

      December 27th, 2012 - 12:36am

      so u can just buy the stamps??????
      how much????????

    • the Doctor

      December 27th, 2012 - 6:45am

      50p i think

    • Radburn

      December 27th, 2012 - 5:18pm

      11 x 1st. Class Stamps: £6.60p.

      Miniature Sheet – 4 x 2nd. Class Stamps & 1st. Class Stamp: £4.60p.

      A Presentation Pack / Prestige Stamp Book will be more as the Presentation Pack will have a fold-out information sheet with pictures, history & notes whilst the Prestige Stamp Book will have similiar but more stamps in it.

    • Radburn

      December 27th, 2012 - 5:21pm

      Apologies: The price for the Miniature Sheet should be £2.60p

    • SamBentleyUK

      December 27th, 2012 - 8:35pm

      I don’t mind spending a lot on the whole presentation pack etc. Thats the beauty of it, I have never really bought collectors items before, so look forward to getting these!

  • doctorwhoone

    December 26th, 2012 - 8:15pm

    Someone on the Sun Newspapers website called ‘Matz’ says on the website in a comments about these cool new stamps –

    Paul McGann doesn’t count!’


    He counts because at the end of the original 26 year run of Doctor Who in 1989, Sylvester McCoy was left holding the key to the Tardis as the 7th Doctor, and he starred in most of the first half of the 1996 TV Movie, and was seen quite clearly regenerating into Paul McGann’s 8th Doctor, passing the Tardis key over to him.

    Anyone who says Paul does not count

    • SamBentleyUK

      December 26th, 2012 - 8:20pm

      I agree, Paul counts, even though he said he was half-human (but I blame that on the amnesia). You know what always bugs me though? ‘Oh, why isn’t Peter Cushing counted as a Doctor?’ because he WASN’T! Though, most people who say that refer to the Doctor as Doctor Who so…

    • doctorwhoone

      December 26th, 2012 - 8:43pm

      Yeah, I wish people would stop going on about why is Peter not counted as one of the Doctors.

      I’m fed up with people who –

      Say Paul McGann don’t count when HE DOES !!.

      Ask why Peter Cushing is not considered as one of the Doctors ? [For goodness sake, WATCH THE DALEK MOVIES CAREFULLY AND FIND OUT WHY !!]

      Always calling the Doctor ‘Doctor Who’ when that’s just the name of the series [except for Peter Cushings version who it is ok to call Doctor Who]

      Spell Dalek as ‘Darlek’ [Theres no ‘R’ in Dalek people !!]

    • doctorwhoone

      December 26th, 2012 - 8:44pm


      Think that Daleks are robots [THEIR NOT !!]

      I think some people seriously need to be re-educated on such matters concerning Doctor Who.

      Stuff like what Ive just mentioned get’s fans like me so MAD !!!!!!!!!! 😛

    • the Doctor

      December 27th, 2012 - 6:59am

      peter cush was a human inventor in doc who

    • doctorwhoone

      December 27th, 2012 - 8:20am

      The Doctor – Indeed he was only Human and not THE DOCTOR from the TV Series.

      Plus peter Cushing’s Doctor could not be considered one of the 11 Doctors anyway, otherwise he’d have two granddaughters both called Susan, one from the series, the other from the Dalek Movies.

  • NorrisM

    December 26th, 2012 - 7:30pm

    Will these stamps be available in the US?

    • Radburn

      December 26th, 2012 - 8:28pm

      No – But Royal Mail ship Worldwide so you can Order direct from them

    • doctorwhoone

      December 26th, 2012 - 8:48pm

      I hope the American Doctor Who fan’s do get these in America. Those guys and girls in the US are hugh fan’s of Doctor Who, I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them have given up watching Star Trek or any other American Sci-Fi or Fantasy they’ve made over the last few decades.


      Especially next year for the 50th Anniversary. Steven Moffat recently said that next year “Doctor Who will dominate British TV” . . . . HELL YES !! 😀

    • jedi jim

      December 26th, 2012 - 9:10pm

      We could not do this in America, we have a law that prohibits issues with living people. (The Man on the Moon and similar issues legaly show an “Astronaut” even though we all knew it was Armstrong).
      Hopefully Royal Mail makes it available to foreign collectors!

    • Radburn

      December 27th, 2012 - 5:25pm

      Here in the UK we had the same restriction on Living People which has only been rescinded in the last 10 years. As I stated above – Royal Mail ship Worldwide so Foreign Collector’s should have no trouble in getting any of this Stamp Issue

    • Andy Morley

      February 9th, 2013 - 4:48pm

      I thought the US had done Star Wars stamps with living folks on them ?

  • Peter

    December 26th, 2012 - 4:46pm

    Very nice but immediately out of date using the cloudy vortex for Matt Smith. Bit odd using the DW instead of the full logo too.

    Worse is the miniature sheet… the 2005 vortex, an old Cybusman and an Ood from series 4.

    • matparks08

      December 26th, 2012 - 7:27pm

      I don’t think the Matt Smith one can be classed as out of date as other doctors titles/opening credits changed during their tenure (Pertwee, Bakers) it’s the one that is mostly associated with that Doctor, though of course, only 2 to 7 are official anyway.

  • doctorwhoone

    December 26th, 2012 - 2:59pm

    Don’t think I’ll need to buy these. The Sun Newspaper features a nice page about them so I’m just gonna cut out the page and keep it 😀

  • daff

    December 26th, 2012 - 12:56pm

    i entered the competition this morning, I will defiantly buy these, it says on the website their worth £30 but I really hope that’s not what their asking for these as that’s a little excessive..

    I have a harry potter set too and they only cost me £7

    • booboo

      December 26th, 2012 - 1:10pm

      i thought that as well £30 seems a lot unless they an some presentation folder or something else

    • Radburn

      December 26th, 2012 - 8:20pm

      PLEASE NOTE: You are not Pre-Ordering these stamps by going to the Royal Mail website, you are just Registering for Updates to this set & entering a competition to win a one of 5 sets. The £30 mentioned is a FULL set of 11 1st. Class Stamps, 1 Miniature Sheet, a FULL Presentation Pack & a Prestige Stamp Book. Don’t forget there will probably be a Postcard Set & First Day Covers specially hand-stamped for the 50th as well?

    • booboo

      December 26th, 2012 - 8:24pm

      its pretty obvious if you got the link you are not actually pre ordering them

  • Steampunk Doctor

    December 26th, 2012 - 12:47pm

    im definetely getting these !


    December 26th, 2012 - 12:06pm

    the 5th and seventh are creepy

  • MJanus

    December 26th, 2012 - 11:27am

    At last amongst all the tat some quality….

    well done royal mail and only 30 years after I first suggested a set (to commemorate the 20th anniversary) back in 1982 !!!!!!

  • doctorwhoone

    December 26th, 2012 - 9:29am

    I should definatly buy these and frame them !! 😀

    • doctor who 19

      December 26th, 2012 - 10:17am

      how much are they

    • doctorwhoone

      December 26th, 2012 - 2:57pm

      According to Daff above this comment, £30.

    • Radburn

      December 26th, 2012 - 8:24pm

      Individual items will not cost that much – Please read the Terms & Conditions on Royal Mail’s website for the Competition

  • Mr Evil Fez

    December 26th, 2012 - 9:28am

    I’m gonna get them all!


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