Don’t be fooled by his happy countenance and whimsical facial hair; that Rich Uncle Pennybags offering to take your hand and drag you into the magical world of foreclosure on the box of the THIRD Doctor Who: Monopoly set is offering you nothing more than heartache and regret.
No, unlike his iconic counterpart, who clasped Rose’s hand as he took her on a magical, wonderful journey across time and space; all you’ll receive from old Pennybags sweaty palms is a trip to a hastily assembled, poorly conceived world of missed opportunities.
You might be thinking: “How hard is it to create a halfway decent Doctor Who: Monopoly set?”
All you have to do is make the playing pieces iconic Doctor Who props, include the odd obscure reference in the community chest cards to keep the die-hard fans happy and don’t overthink it; after all if the Pandorica is a prison, then make it the jail.
Job done, pass go and collect 200 credits.
Well we’ve never won 2nd prize at a beauty contest but were sure that just slapping a picture of the Doctor on your dad’s old Monopoly board is a bit of an insult to the licence.
So in a characteristic last throw of the dice Winning Moves are set to release a fiftieth anniversary Doctor Who: Monopoly Set in a move that’s either going to solve all these problems or just offend fans of both the classic and new series in one foul swoop.
This is more than likely an item that is going to sell very well indeed over the next couple of years, featuring all eleven Doctors, favourite companions, and special Time Lord-themed pieces!
The jail and the Go! Square are still the same (perhaps fans of “Jake the Jailbird” and “Officer Edgar Mallory” will kick off) and while using the TARDISes as the Railway squares make sense; the logic unravels when it comes to other spaces (Why would you have to pay for the Sonic Screwdriver? Does the Doctor really have to pay Car Tax?) (Um, Bessie? – Ed)
Some thought has gone into the set as well: instead of representing a particular borough of London, the colours now represent one of the Doctors foes; so for the green squares it’s the Daleks and three iconic episodes from the shows history while the red squares represent the Master.
It’s not rocket science but then neither is a Doctor Who Monopoly set.
As amateur consumer advice experts Status Quo once said; “You pay your money, you take your choice” and in this case be prepared to pay quite a bit.
The Limited Edition (5000 copies) Doctor Who: Monopoly Fiftieth Edition set is available to pre-order now from Forbidden Planet for £26.99 to be released 28th August.