Merchandise Fan-made Doctor Who chess set shames official version

Published on December 8th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Fan Made Doctor Who Chess Set

Fan-made Doctor Who chess set shames official versionWe’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…

…Except DeviantArtist eldalinskywalker (via The Daily What) who has done what no one at the BBC could and made a cool Doctor Who chess set.

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?


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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.

One Response to Fan Made Doctor Who Chess Set

  1. avatar Tyeler says:

    I love chess, but I think I would struggle with these ‘novelty’ sets because I’d be paying as much attention to remembering which piece represented which as I would to the actual game itself! It’s a lovely idea though and looks great.

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