The Guardian and others papers today have run articles about the BBC’s deal with toy company Character Options, announced late last year. More information about the deal has apparently come to light, with the Guardian article suggesting 70 different lines ranging from sticker books to Dalek toys and Doctor and Rose figures. The BBC are hoping for a return to their Doctor Who merchandising heyday of the 1970s, when many children (now parents) owned figures of the Fourth Doctor and Leela.
Alongside a toy version of the Sonic Screwdriver, the BBC are hoping that an “in development” game for the Playstation will also be a hit.
Previous game versions of Doctor Who haven’t exactly been met with critical approval – early text-based games, arcade games such as Dalek Attack! and the poor Destiny of the Doctors have all been poorly received and even the presence of Anthony Ainley as the Master couldn’t save Destiny of the Doctors. Hopefully a Playstation game will take a popular approach such as that used in “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” and execute it in a very Doctor Who way.
The original Guardian article can be read here.