This 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.