We’re all agreed. The Doctor Who Chess Set – with its Perspex pieces containing the haunted faces of your favourite Doctor Who characters (and the Smilers) – is rubbish.
The whole thing smacks of compromise and lazy design but unlike us who hold the licence in such high regard few have ventured to build their own Doctor Who set and correct this abomination…
The set comes with the handcrafted pieces representing the friends and enemies of the Tenth Doctor with the Doctor and the Master as kings.
There are however a few strange choices in terms of piece assignment – for starters; I can see why someone would now make River Song the Doctor’s Queen but surely it makes more sense for his tenth incarnation to have Rose Tyler as his chosen maiden?
And more to the point; in what universe would the Daleks be Pawns? There’s no way that the cult of Skaro would suddenly start taking orders from Cassandra – in fact blasting the last of the human races’ paper thin face to pieces would probably be right up their street. Genocide and a hostile take over of the chess board.
You see, you don’t get this with the officially sanctioned set. But at least it looks like chess and not Guess Who?