It’s always nice to get some 60s stuff included and I do like the oddly put together, yet undoubtedly disturbing, cyberman from The Tenth Planet. All the cybernetic gubbins are there, from the pipes to the chest unit. Painting the figurine in stark white helps it to stand out. I’d imagine the temptation would be to paint the polythene bodysuit silver, like the Character figure, but this works well with the scale. The hands seem a little big, although it emphasises the remnants of humanity steadily being left behind.
The Robot Knight from Series 8’s Robots Of Sherwood is a good example of a figurine I rather enjoy more than the episode itself. Saying that, on a repeat watch I have warmed to it somewhat.The detailing is wonderfully crisp and enhanced by the rather controlled paint job. The sword was a little bent in the package but I straightened it out a bit. If you do this, I’d advise caution. I was worried the blade would snap. With the previous releases from the first Peter Capaldi series, and the upcoming Teller from Time Heist and the Foretold from Mummy On The Orient Express, it’s almost as if there’ll be nearly a representation of almost every episode of Series 8 in figurine form, not seen since Character’s figure line was at its height.
When Doctor Who returned in 2005 it spawned a whole new collection of monsters and villains. Among these was the Lady Cassandra O’Brien Dot Delta Seventeen, the bitchy trampoline richly voiced by Zoe Wanamaker. This larger than life warning of the dangers of extensive plastic surgery was such a successful character that she returned the following year in David Tennant’s first full series in the episode New Earth. It’s the New Earth version that’s added to the series of figurines. It’s a more interesting version to choose, simply because of the extra piping and rust detail. I do find a bit of a problem with this figurine though, which is the corner-cutting of using the display base as the figure’s platform on which the frame, and Cassandra’s brain, sits. It was possibly considered a good or clever idea, but it doesn’t work for me, as the actual character’s base is a different shape. This might seem to be a bit nit-picky, but it’s a side-stepped detail that’s conspicuous by its absence.
Fortunately, we end on a high. The Third Doctor from The Green Death is perhaps the best presented of all the Doctor figurines so far. The likeness is totally there, The paint is detailed – particularly on the jacket piping – and the hair looks right with its darker wash over white. If there is one little niggle, it’s the Sonic Screwdriver. It doesn’t look as much like the Third Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver as perhaps a toy of quite a different purpose. It’s the only real downside to a very successful figurine.
As ever, I have some info on forthcoming releases as found on the Twitter feed of @LondonConcrete and @BenCSRobinson. This includes the epic and demonic Beast from The Satan Pit – final version on the left of the image – and the Foretold. There’s a CG test pass of the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy. There’s also a group shot of Doctors that shows the Seventh Doctor as a completed test figure. Again, these images of future releases are not final and subject to change.