Big Chief Studios Series 8 Twelfth Doctor

Just the other week, I received another spankingly good release from Big Chief Studios. Their latest release, along with a Series 4 edition of the Tenth Doctor is the current incumbent in the role, Peter Capaldi.

I’ve very much enjoyed the slightly harder edged portrayal of the Doctor in his inaugural series. It marked a striking contrast from the lighter tones of the previous incarnations of the revived series.

As before, I shan’t bang on too much for a review an just let the pictures speak for themselves.

To order this remarkable figure, or check out exactly what’s in the box, take a look at the Big Chief Studio’s Capaldi figure page.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: The First Doctor, Dalek Sec Hybrid, Auton, Necros Dalek, Evil of the Daleks Emperor

Evil of the Daleks emperor figurineIt’s been a bit of a bumper month! Instead of receiving a shipment of two figurines (specials notwithstanding) there have been deliveries bookending October, covering issues 56-59. I’m not sure what this means for November’s releases, but there seems to be some speeding up of production. Especially as this has also included another special very soon after the last one in the shape of the Emperor Dalek from Evil of the Daleks.

Issue 56 brings the rather excellent First Doctor from The Reign of Terror. It’s a good, generic version of William Hartnell, with a very good sculpt. Perhaps one of the best of the Doctors that have been released. The checked trousers and waistcoat stripes have been painted in nicely. There’s no mistaking the likeness of Hartnell either. Very impressive.

The Dalek Sec Hybrid from The Daleks Take Manhattan is one of those figurines that has a bit of a weird. ‘please miss, can I go to the toilet’ pose going on, but the sculpt is pretty good, with a paint job that brings out the details well.

The Autons have popped in and out of Doctor Who’s history as many times in the series’ return as much as they had in the 70s. It makes sense to feature figurines of their appearance from the 2005 episode Rose. However, with a monster in a suit in the previous release, being the humanoid Dalek Sec, it  does mean that’s two monsters in suits released close to each other. The figurine does, as I’ve said, makes sense, but I can’t help feel that a figurine of one of the Autons handing out plastic flowers from Terror of the Autons would’ve been a bit more visually interesting.

Revelation of the Daleks is hailed as one of the best of the Colin Baker stories, which is understandable with its macabre overtones and sardonic script. It was also the first appearance of the striking white and gold daleks, which do look impressive even in this scale. There’s a little bit of untidiness in the paintwork, which seems to befall the daleks in the range more than a lot of the other figurines. I’m hoping it’s just a bit of a blip because of the speeded up production. I’m just guessing, of course!

We also have the special Emperor Dalek from Second Doctor story The Evil of the Daleks. I’ve been quite looking forward to this, but I admit to being a little disappointed by the size. I thought it would’ve been about the same size as the more recent figurine specials, such as the K1 Robot and the Beast. Perhaps it’s down to the sheer amount of resin used to produce the figure that kept its size down. There’s a bit of a sloppy paint job, but it’s still cool to have as there have been so few versions of the 60s Emperor Dalek that have been produced.

I have a couple of shots of upcoming figurines to show you, including issue 60’s Eighth Doctor, issue 61’s Sensorite and the next special, the Face of Boe and the next subscriber dalek, the Emperor’s Guard from The Parting of the Ways. These have been taken from my regular twitter sources, LondonConcrete, BenCSRobinson and themindrobber.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Handbot, Moonbase Cyberman, The Beast, The Foretold, Dalek Supreme

Beast special eaglemoss copyThis past couple of months have seen the release of for regular releases and a special across issues 52 to 55. Again it’s a nice, even mix of old and new and the special of the Beast from The Satan Pit really doesn’t disappoint.

The Handbot appears as featured in the Eleventh Doctor story The Girl Who Waited, as the Doctor and Rory attempted to rescue an aged Amy Pond in a faster running timeline. There’s something oddly charming and disturbing about the Handbot, which has an peculiar Kubrick/THX1138, very seventies scifi feel about it. It’s nicely sculpted with clean lines and a crisp paint job.

It’s great to see a Cyberman from the Patrick Troughton era story The Moonbase. This, which is similar to the Tomb of the Cybermen and The Wheel in Space of the cyborgs are perhaps my favourite version, so it’s good to see this design in the collection. It’s hard to get a Cyberman wrong when the standards have been so high lately and it’s a very strong sculpt and finish.

The Beast is a special, and boy, it’s certainly that. The figure, although a miniature and certainly in a much smaller scale than the other figurines, is still very imposing. The muscles and veins are popping from under the red skin and its face is filled with fury. It’s very, very impressive and perhaps my favourite from among the collection so far.

Mummy on the Orient Express was one of my favourite episodes from last series, and the figurine of the Foretold replicates the eponymous mummy in all its rotting glory. The textured rags are excellently sculpted, which goes with the lurching gait of the figure’s pose.

Part TV dalek, part dalek from the Peter Cushing movies, the Dalek Supreme from the Third Doctor story Planet of the Daleks is a curious creation, not least of all with its jam jar ears, cheap Woolworths torch eye stalk and missing neck rods. Still, the black and gold colour makes for a very striking figurine that looks pretty good in the collection.

As ever, there’s a little bit of an update from the twitter feed of Ben Robinson who runs the Doctor Who Figurine Collection. Some great stuff coming up, including an Auton from Rose, Chantho from Utopia, although it does almost raise the question of ‘why no companions?’Admittedly, like Jabe and Madam Vastra these are interesting aliens, but they’re not monsters as such, so it makes it a little tougher to justify no companion figurines. Of special note though is the Emperor Dalek from Evil of the Daleks and the Cyberleader from Revenge of the Cybermen. The Emperor in particular is a wonderful choice and it looks like it might be out as early as November this year.

Anyway, next time I should be reviewing the First Doctor, Dalek Sec, an Auton and a Nekros dalek from Revelation of the Daleks.

Matt Smith 11th Doctor Series 7 1/6 Big Chief Collector Figure

Eleventh Doctor Fez Sonic Screwdriver Big Chief Studios

I’ve had the Second Edition Big Chief Matt Smith Eleventh Doctor from Series 7 for a couple of weeks now, I’ve just not got round to posting anything about the figure. As with the the Big Chief First Doctor and the Fourth and Tenth Doctor 1/6 figures, I don’t really want to do an in-depth review and just show photos to let the figure speak for itself.

I say this every time Big Chief release another figure from its Doctor Who line, but they do seem to get better and better, not only from the sculpt to the overall attention to detail. This is a gorgeously presented figure, which has a wonderful portrait sculpt of Matt Smith, while the outfit reflects his elegant, slightly more Victorian-tinged outfit from his last full series in the role.

As with the previous releases, there are a great deal of character sMatt Smith Fez Stetson Big Chiefpecific accessories. Some have already been released before with the first Matt Smith from Big Chief. These are the sonic screwdrivers (one open, one closed) and the psychic paper. The Eleventh Doctor’s wristwatch has been given an update; instead of a painted face, it has a sticker with a really nice glass effect. However, the sticker does slip a little when changing the hands over, so I have to be mindful of that when re-posing.

The supplied accessories also feature Amy’s spectacles, which fit the head wonderfully. I’m just very careful with the glasses since the ones supplied with the Big Chief Hartnell broke on the second fitting. However, the company did replace them. The Big Friendly Button from Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS and the bow tie and bow tie box as featured in The Bells of Saint John are also in the set.

The base is in the style of the last three releases, which gives a unifying look to the range now. The Eleventh Doctor doesn’t look so out of place anymore with that TARDIS base. There’s no plaque this time.

Handles Light Up Finding The Switch Panel

I really like the removable hair piece that allows for the display of the figure

Big Chief Handles Expansion pack

with the supplied fez in the same way as the Tom Baker figure does. I really like this feature, and when putting together a range of Doctors you need that option of hats. Certainly with Smith’s incarnation.

A rather wonderful addition is the face sculpt of Matt Smith’s successor, Peter Capaldi. this is a lovely sculpt and an excellent accessory. It makes me even more keen for the 12th Doctor figure when it’s released.

As an incentive for ordering early, the 11th Doctor also comes with an expansion pack of Handles, the cyberman head companion in Matt Smith final full story, The Time Of The Doctor. It’s a really smart addition as Handles lights up, which is an excellent effect. To switch on the lights, the back of the head can be pulled off easily, as it’s held on by magnets. There’s a plastic tag to pull out of the battery cover and there’s a small switch to flick.

This is a remarkable figure with incredible detail. It’s a brilliant figure, which I absolutely love.

You can order the Series 7 Eleventh Doctor directly from Big Chief Studios and other outlets.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: The Teller, Emaciated Master, Dalek Emperor Davros, The Seventh Doctor, Special Dalek Sec UPDATED

51 Sylvester McCoy Dr Who EaglemossThe most recent releases from Eaglemoss’ collection is an outstanding choice of releases. Two from the last 11 years of the show and three from the classic series.

Issue 48 brings the imposing figure of the Teller from series 8’s excellent Time Heist. It’s another well produced figurine, which I’ve come to expect from the line of monsters. What is impressive is the accuracy of the paint on the straightjacket. The standards are been maintained at a very high level.

The Emaciated Master, or wizened Master, whatever you want to call him, from The Deadly Assassin appears in all his gruesome glory. You really get a sense of the raggedness of the tatty robe and the painful horror of his final (original) incarnation. It’s nice to see the Master finally make it into the line. Hopefully all the villain’s characterisations, including Missy, also appear.

Remembrance of the Daleks is undoubtedly one of the outstanding stories in the series’ run. In issue 50 we have Davros as the Emperor Dalek from the story’s finale, which is a bit of a spoiler, but it makes an excellent figurine. The paintwork on the Emperor Dalek shell is crisp and you can see Terry Molloy’s version of the dalek’s vile creator in the sculpt.

It’s always nice to get another Doctor in the range, although it has given me a sense of trepidation because of the varying quality of the initial releases. They have improved greatly and I feel as though Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor (from Delta and the Bannermen) is the best so far. The likeness is very much there and shows the Seventh Doctor’s aloofness. There is a little bit of paint slop, but the photo makes it look worse that it is when you consider the size of the actual figurine.

Also released is the fourth in the range of seven subscriber only daleks – Dalek Sec from Doomsday. There’s not much I can add about this as, yes, it’s another dalek, but it would be remiss of the line not to include the leader of the Cult of Skaro. What is nice is that some of the details are glossy where some are satin black, replicating the look on the show and making the figure less flat.

There aren’t many pics floating around of upcoming releases that I haven’t posted before I’m afraid. However I’m looking forward to the next few issues, which feature the Handbot from The Girl Who Waited, Moonbase Cyberman, The Foretold from Mummy on the Orient Express and The Planet of the Daleks’ Supreme Dalek. Also in these upcoming months the special release of the Beast from The Satan Pit will make an appearance. Very exciting!


Guys, guys, guys! I’m sorry, I’ve only done half a job! For anyone who follows this blog, I tend to post images of future pre-production and digital sculpts for release in the Doctor Who Figurine collection line. I didn’t think there were any updates to post, but my regular source, @BenCSRobinson‘s twitter feed has added a few figures to come out. I don’t know the exact issues these figurines come with other than so far, issue 55 is Dalek Sec in his humanoid form, issue 56 is the First Doctor and Issue 60 is the Eighth Doctor from Night of the Doctor.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Mondas Cyberman, Robot Knight, Cassandra, The Third Doctor

Third Doctor Eaglemoss FigurineHere in issues 44-47 is a mix of figurines from one of Doctor Who’s earliest adventures to some of its most recent.

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.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Twelfth Doctor, Half-Face Man, Terileptil Leader, Rusty the Dalek

The Eaglemoss releases for this month and last month are primarily about Peter Capaldi’s inaugural series as the 12th Doctor, with three figurines to add to the range. There appear to be a few more due for release in the upcoming issues, so Series 8 will be making a big stamp on the figurine collection now.

The Twelfth Doctor from Flatline shows the standard costume chosen for most of the publicity stills prior to the last series. The sculpt is pretty good and isn’t too lost under the paint job. The hair could use a greyer wash as the white is a bit too glaring, but it’s a very tidy sculpt and it’s good to see the current Doctor join the range.

The Half-Face Man from Peter Capaldi’s feature-length debut – and sequel to The Girl In The Fireplace – Deep Breath is represented here in some rather impressive detail, especially over the waistcoat. He’s seen here ready to threaten Clara with his detached arm disturbingly worn like a brooch and flame arm upraised.

From the Peter Davison classic story The Visitation, which is a story I have great fondness for, comes another great entry in the form of the Terileptil Leader. The details are superb as are the colours, replicating the variations throughout the costume. The Terileptil Leader is holding a set of handcuffs, which is perhaps to give the figure some dynamism, which does work to break up the expanse of green.

Rusty, or the Good Dalek, from Inside The Dalek, is shown in all its battered, cabled glory. I really like the work that’s gone into this figurine, which was sculpted by the Mind Robber, whose expert 3D modelling skills have brought many daleks and cybermen to the line.

As ever, I have some images of upcoming releases, which includes the Third Doctor, the decayed Master from The Deadly Assassin, a handbot from The Girl Who Waited, Moonbase Cyberman, , the Teller from Time Heist, Cassandra from New Earth, robots from Robots Of Sherwood and Davros as the Dalek Emperor from Remembrance Of The Daleks. These images have come from, as before @LondonConcrete and the man in charge of the Eaglemoss Doctor Who Figurine Collection, as well as the Star Trek, DC, Marvel and James Bond lines, @bencsrobinson. These are still works in progress and subject to change.

Big Chief Studios 1:6 First Doctor William Hartnell

IMG_6283As the first actor to play the Doctor, William Hartnell’s contribution to Doctor Who in immeasurable. The word ‘irascible’ is often levelled at his portrayal, along with ‘crotchety’ and ‘bad tempered’. This does Hartnell’s performance a disservice. There are many times his Doctor showed warmth and compassion, with great comic touches. He provided the foundation for one of the most loved characters on TV.

I was a bit more excited than I care to admit when I received the shipping carton from Big Chief Studios this past Wednesday. This 1:6 replica of the First Doctor Commemorative Edition is attired in a beautifully realised replica of his costume, including cape, scarf and Astrakan hat. I thought the hat might pose a problem and a separate sculpt might be needed, but it sits on his head just fine.

Satisfyingly, the body used is actually a little shorter than the other Doctors already released. The cape comes already attached to the figure; I believe there is a small, elasticated loop to attach the cape, but it looked far too delicate for me to unhook it. I opted for popping his head off instead, which works fine, and pops back on again with a bit of pressure. The scarf has a wire along its length, allowing it to hang convincingly.
Also supplied are:

  • Three further pairs of hands, other than those already attached.First Doctor Pocket Watch2
  • Pocket watch (which slips into the lower right pocket of the waistcoat).
  • Magnifying glass that hangs around the Doctor’s neck. I try to tuck this into the waistcoat a bit to make it look like it’s hanging properly.
  • Walking Stick
  • Pipe from An Unearthly Child Time Destructor from The Dalek’s Masterplan
  • Keys from The Keys Of Marinus (located in the tray that houses the hat, scarf and stand.
  • Spectacles – sadly, the spectacles snapped in half as I was trying to sit them across the figure’s face. They’re very fragile. (Note: I emailed Big Chief with a photo of the damage and they’re sending out a replacement).

Commemorative Edition Big Chief First DoctorThe stand matches the dark blue, mirrored hexagonal style of the previous releases of the Fourth and Tenth Doctors, with a light up feature that spells out the word for ‘One’ in Gallifreyan. Also, as with the previous Doctors, the front flap of the box detaches to offer a backdrop of there any TARDIS console room. Still a brilliant idea I think.

For obvious reasons, there isn’t a Signature Edition this time. Instead, the First Doctor has been released as a Commemorative Edition of 300. Possibly a regular edition will be released at a later date, dependant on sales. As this is the Commemorative Edition figure, it’s supplied with a plaque like the Signature Editions. However, and rather smartly, a folder containing photos of two of series’ first stars, Carole Ann Ford and William Russell are included. These pictures have been autographed, adding a really thoughtful touch to the whole package.

Overall, this is an outstanding figure that stands well among the other Doctors in the range.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Robot D84, Draconian Prince, Jabe, Genesis Dalek

Draconian Figurine Collection Eaglemoss Doctor WhoIssues 36 to 39 brings a nice bunch of classics and a nice inclusion from the Eccleston era.

‘Please do not throw hands at me.’

One of my favourite characters in Doctor Who, which would’ve made a great companion, is D84 from The Robots Of Death. Here he is in his Art Deco glory. The detail is nicely brought out by quite a tight paint op. Like the Zygons, which finally made a return in The Day Of The Doctor, it’s surprising the Draconians only made one appearance in the series as they were a superbly realised, well rounded alien race. Again, another great character design, the Draconian Prince from Frontier In Space is beautifully sculpted. There are a couple of misses, paint-wise, but it’s a great choice for inclusion into the range. As the second episode of the return of Doctor Who in 2005, The End Of The World bravely introduced new viewers to a collection of bizarre aliens. One of the most memorable of these creations is the exotic and beguiling Jabe, played by Yasmin Bannerman. The figurine catches an alluring expression as Jabe is using her scanner while holding one of the sabotaging spiders aboard Platform One. There’s a lot of detail in the costume to pick out, which has been handled quite admirably for the scale. The scanner is silver all over instead of a bronze as seen on screen, but it does make it stand out more. Yes, it’s another dalek, but not having one from Genesis Of The Daleks would be a bizarre omission considering the popularity of the story. The paint scheme is low-key, so there’s fewer chances for error, but it still needs to have a degree of accuracy. It’s actually quite sharp and I love the glossy grey that really brings the detail out. There’s also a little bit of news that I’ve stolen from @londonconcrete‘s twitter feed. He’s posted a (not final) shot of the Robots Of Sherwood. Most excitingly, a CG sculpt of the ‘Devil’ from The Satan Pit that’s due to be an upcoming special.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Earthshock Cyberleader, Madame Vastra, Fifth Doctor, Ironside Dalek and Robot K1

Robot K1 Eaglemoss Dr WhoIssues 32 to 35 sees the release of the figurines in the heading, and it’s a rather nice collection of figures, with a couple of minor niggles.

Firstly, let’s take a look at the Cyberleader from Earthshock. Earthshock is one of my favourite Doctor Who stories and the Cybermen from the story are also rather impressive. The figurine doesn’t disappoint, with its very strident pose. The detailing is great, from the mesh around the costume to the cyberman barrel gun.

In recent years, my favourite reoccurring characters have been the Pater Noster Gang, so it’s great to see Madame Vastra join the range. Personally, I’d have liked to have seen her in her Victorian garb, but I can understand the costume and pose that’s been chosen, which is from A Good Man Goes To War. It lends itself to a more exciting figure. She’s nicely sculpted with a detailed paint job. Saying this, the face could’ve done with a wash of lighter green to bring out those scales a little more.

It’s good to get another Doctor, so here we get the Fifth Doctor from Enlightenment. The paint job is fairly crisp, with only a couple of misses around the costume. The likeness isn’t quite there, which isn’t unusual for Eaglemoss’ Doctors.

Perhaps one of the more successful dalek paint jobs can be found in the Ironside Dalek figurine from Victory Of The Daleks. That’s a little unsurprising because of the solid green colour, but there are nicely handled details such as the webbing belt, canvas bags and ear covers. Really nicely done. It also seems the daleks don’t seem to have the flat base with the stickers anymore, having been replaced with the detailed dalek underside.

What was exciting about the recent releases is Robot K1 from Tom Baker’s inaugural story Robot. This is a really nice figure that has a great impact on the shelf. To me it’s one of the best designs for a robot ever. Not just in Doctor Who, but sci fi in general. There is a little bit of a change in paint tones between pink and red over the shoulders, and the mouth isn’t tidily painted, but it’s minor. The robot – or Giant Robot if you’re as old as me – is a perfect choice for a special release.

As before, I also have some news, which has been posted by @londonconcrete on Twitter showing some of the upcoming figurine releases! There are some real beauties here, although it should be pointed out that none of the figurines are the final images for release and can change.

Issue 39 – Dalek from Genesis Of The Daleks

Issue 40 – Twelfth Doctor

Issue 41 – Half-faced Man from Deep Breath

Issue 42 – Terileptil from The Visitation (Superb!)

Issue 43 – ‘Rusty’ from Inside The Dalek

Cyberman from The Tenth Planet

There’s also the CG render of a very cool looking Third Doctor.

Bonus Dalek Sec

Some very exciting releases there, but really looking forward to issue 36 now – D84 from The Robots Of Death!