Merchandise The Keeper of Traken

Published on February 24th, 2014 | by Andrew Reynolds

Forget About 3.5″ Figures: Forbidden Planet’s Best Doctor Who Merchandise

Let’s face it, those 3.5 inch Doctor Who figures have been very poorly received. Character certainly seem to have scored an own goal with their cost-cutting exercise, so much so that we’ve heard recently that certain future releases have been curtailed.

To commemorate over 50 years of time travelling madness, let’s put the 3.5 inch figures to the back of our minds and take a look at some of Forbidden Planet’s best Doctor Who merchandise that you can still buy today, including some of Character’s successes from those halcyon days of 2011.

Seems so long ago now, doesn’t it?


A particular favouite of ours is the Ironside Dalek Blueprint. This great little poster not only gives us a rare insight into the automaton mind of Prof. Ironside but also gives you exact plans on how to build your own unstoppable killing machine! (probably…)

For lovers of Daleks through the years, don’t miss the Action Figure Collectors Set: The Chase!

Not Lego!

Character Building Mega Set: TARDIS Console Room – Lets face it who doesn’t want a Lego-like (it’s not Lego, it’s not Lego – Ed) TARDIS set?

Similar to this is the Character Building: 11 Doctor’s Pack. Why not indulge your 50th anniversary fantasies and purchase this and the TARDIS set?




One of the most intriguing Doctor Who-related books of recent years as been Alwyn Turner’s The Man Who Invented The Daleks, which is still available in its paperback form from Forbidden Planet.

Meanwhile the Doctor Who: Encyclopaedia is  a collected history of everything you need to know about the Ninth, Ten and the Eleventh Doctor’s. It’s the one Encyclopaedia you’ll be glad to receive this Christmas!


Going directly to jail is the much-derided Doctor Who: Monopoly set which combines all the fun of inadequately used licensing and wet Sunday afternoons. Role a six and die a little inside.

Don’t forget Doctor Who: Risk, a Forbidden Planet exclusive that you surely cannot miss. Classic, timeless game + classic, timeless TV show = must buy this.


Look sharp in the exclusive Fifth and Eleventh Doctor Costume T-Shirts. There all the fun of cosplaying minus trailing through Oxfam looking for those elusive trousers.

Complete the look with this UNIT Travel Pass Holder – it not only keeps your Oyster card nice safe but also grants you access to UNIT HQ! Provided you don’t mind suffering barbed wire scratches, dog bites and ‘five rounds rapid’  heading your way.


The Traken Set alone deserves to be on the list just for gifting us a Melkur figure and, maybe, if we don’t acknowledge the Monopoly set it might go away…



About the Author


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.

5 Responses to Forget About 3.5″ Figures: Forbidden Planet’s Best Doctor Who Merchandise

  1. avatar Heather Cummings says:

    Brilliant site! :-) Great mdse info!

  2. avatar Heather Cummings says:

    Don’t know if you know about an absolutely fabulous shop called “GAYMART” located on North Halsted in Chicago,IL . They are a very small, locally owned and operated shop in the Boystown neighborhood and sell loads of Dr.Who merchandise with new merchandise arriving all the time! Discovered them last summer at Northalstead Market Days and thought I’d died and gone to heaven! A Whovian’s dreamland!
    Don’t know if you ever feature small businesses that sell Dr. Who items, but just thought you should know about this little gem.
    Thanks so much. :-)

  3. avatar Al says:

    I hope Character Options realizes the error of its ways soon before they go the way of Dapol.

    • avatar Hellbelly says:

      Character are (from what I’ve heard) quite happy with the sales of the new figures, which are reportedly selling fine, and certainly better than the 5″ range was in its last few years.
      The whole reason the 5″ range was killed off was that the buyers for the big chains (especially the supermarkets, who have TREMENDOUS influence) didn’t want them. The 3.75″ line was created to renew interest with the mass-market retailers, and it seems to have worked.
      If the 3’75″ range fails CO won’t go back to the older scale, it’s just not an option.

  4. avatar frozenoak aka The Clock Struck 12. says:

    Believe me everyday I try to forget those 3.75″ figures.I have easily around 150 of the 5/6″ and most were very accurate with great detail!.

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