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Published on November 7th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Monopolising a Classic

Life moves pretty slowly in the board game making business (unless you throw double sixes of course) so with no small fanfare comes Doctor Who: Monopoly, updated for the beginning of Series 6 and thus robbing the Limited Edition set of its one sole selling point (although you might argue its limited numbers had something to do with it being a tinsy bit naff.)

Doctor Who MonopolyFor those not in the know Monopoly was invented by your parents to make realise that watching TV and not bugging them are good things. It used to be played on what archaeologists call ‘boards’ until it migrated into pub quiz machines and McDonald’s packaging.

Continuing its strong arming of Doctor Who concepts on to its property ladder like an overzealous estate agent; the set specifications on Think Geek proudly boast of:

“A customised board featuring iconic characters, even new ones like The Silence.”

Which is kind of the bare minimum requirement of a Doctor Who: Monopoly set. Nobody buys it in the vain hope that it might be Doctor Who themed. Imagine the disappointment of opening the box to discover it’s the Are You Being Served? Monopoly instead.

To crush your imaginations that little bit further into the dirt there is, unlike the Limited Edition set, a picture of the board itself which confirms several key points:

  • The prison is not the Pandorica
  • You still play as the regular Hat, Dog, Battleship, Car pieces (are capitalists that vile that we can only bring ourselves to play as them by humanising them through the random objects associated with them? “It’s okay to be the car honey, less venal people own them too!” I’m still just as clueless about the battleship though… maybe a war bonds thing… anyone?) apart from a special TARDIS piece which is probably the coolest thing about the set.
  • Every time you land on the Torchwood space you’re fined 100 credits which neatly sums up my feelings towards Torchwood. Every time I go near it, it fines me.

The Doctor Who: Monopoly set is available for $49.99 (about £31) from Think Geek via the link above or Amazon for £35 in the UK; alternatively, you could just keep a picture of the Eleventh Doctor to hand as you play the classic Monopoly set which costs a much cheaper £10 (about $16) from Amazon.

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




2 Responses to Monopolising a Classic

  1. Ratfink says:

    I been playing the ipad version of Monopoly and its not 100 bucks its 2 mill or something, which is how much it hurt when i landed on Torchwood in real life too.

    Funny review btw :)

    Sad tho how they can’t change all the playing pieces or do a decent job of the board. A pandorica jail would be so perfect…

    Couldabeen a winner.

  2. ChrisL says:

    I always end up with a rueful smile when confronted with Doctor Who merchandise that was designed prior to the evolution of Matt Smith’s tenure.

    Clearly the new paradigm Daleks were intended to have a much higher profile than the one that ensued. They appear very prominently on so many boxes and publications and yet they barely featured during the last two series.
    I can only conclude that, contrary to the ‘official’ line, the new TellyTubby Daleks were supposed to play a much bigger role than the one we witnessed. Could the negative reaction of the fans to this ‘new paradigm’ really have forced them into the background while the production team try to work out a way to get around this faux-pas? I certainly hope so.

    I admit I did give a silent cheer when I visited the Doctor Who Experience in London and saw the Daleks from the RTD era give the New Paradigm version a good kicking! :-)
    Seeing this certainly raised hopes that the new plastic, yet colourful, Daleks may just quietly vanish and be replaced by ‘proper’ Daleks once again.

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