Our Doctor Who SDCC Exclusive weekend continues with an incredible two pack from Character Options. Today we’re taking a look at the SECOND Doctor as well as a Cyberman from the Tomb of the Cybermen serial in 1967. Patrick Troughton portrayed the second Doctor, picking up from William Hartnell in 1966. Troughton was the first regeneration and thus the first “new” Doctor and I have to imagine the pressure for him to perform was major. Doctor Who had been a hit show and replacing the lead actor could have been an epic failure.

However, Troughton nailed the role and the Second Doctor went on to have a pretty good run as the famous character. One of the interesting parts about Doctor Who, basically starts with Troughton’s portrayal. He decided along with the show’s producers to play the role differently. This meant that when the Doctor went through a regeneration, he wasn’t exactly the same person when he came out in a new skin.

That’s not Moe or Shemp.

Essentially although the Doctor retains his memories and intelligence (although sometimes those are altered to an extent) his new body brings with it a new personality. The second Doctor is often referred to as the “cosmic hobo” because that’s in essence how he went about his travels. Bouncing around from place to place, rarely looking for trouble as the previous Doctor had.

Making things slightly more interesting is that he had a largely different outfit than the first Doctor. Since he was younger he didn’t need a walking stick and his clothes were a bit like that of a hobo. He had a large ill fitting coat, suspenders and a bow tie that was rarely if ever straight. Supposedly Troughton took some inspiration from Charlie Chaplin with the character although at first glance you’d peg him as a dead ringer for Moe from the 3 Stooges. It’s a great thing that Troughton’s Doctor was a success or else we wouldn’t be talking about Doctor Who nearly a half century later.

I mentioned the packages yesterday so I won’t spend as much time on them today. However a great note here is just how different these two bubbles are. The bubble card here is less than half of the size of yesterday’s in girth because he comes packaged with a Cyberman instead of a Dalek.

The back of the packages include a nice rundown of the Doctor and the Cyberman although the Cyberman’s bio is similar if not word for word of that of the previous Cyberman figure’s release. As I mentioned yesterday if you get the black and white versions, you have different card art.

Inside is the typical inner bubble with a fair amount of twist ties. The only thing that is taped into the package is the Doctor’s recorder so it’s much easier to get out. My limited edition SDCC number is 733 out of a possible 3,000 worldwide.

Although the second Doctor wasn’t exactly an acrobat himself, he did move around considerably more than the first. However because of his long coat design his articulation is hindered a bit, making him slightly less poseable than the first Doctor.

Of course he still has all the same articulation points and you can get him into almost any pose you’d need, so it’s not much to worry about. You could probably force his coat open to allow for more movement but you’ll probably damage the sculpt in doing so. It’s a bit of a shame that he can’t open his coat more but I understand why it was done.

The Doctor has a cut neck, cut shoulders, upper arm swivel, wrist swivel, waist swivel, Who Crotch® (Similar to a DCUC figure), thigh swivels, hinge joint elbows and knees. The Who Crotch is somewhat impaired though.

The Tomb version of the Cyberman has all the same points of articulation and although his sculpt seems like it would conflict with his articulation points it really doesn’t. In fact I was sort of amazed at how well you could move his arms and legs with the hoses attached to him.

Both figures have more than enough articulation. The Cyberman tended to lumber around and walk like a 1960’s style robot anyhow so his articulation is fine. The Doctor again, didn’t exactly Karate fight, so he’s perfectly equipped for any time travels you might have to put him on.

If William Hartnell’s sculpt was great, this one is EXCELLENT! Patrick Troughton had a sort of strange look to him in that he often looked a bit like he was going to be bitter or mean and then would crack a smile and look like the nicest man you’ve ever met. In fact that was a bit of his character, to lure villains into a false sense of security by putting on an act either as a boob or as a grumpy guy and then do a quick about face to give them a snappy insult.

This is one of the best sculpts in the entire line. In fact, it may be the most accurate Doctor sculpt yet. If anyone can surpass the Tom Baker sculpt, it’s this one. Early promo shots showed two different heads and one of them didn’t look as good… This one is perfection. The rest of his outfit, head to toe is excellent as well.

His coat has lots of baggy elements really giving it the feel of the large oversized coat that Troughton wore. His bow tie is sculpted so that’s it’s slightly off center. The really astonishing part of the sculpt is that his legs right around the knees are sort of bowed in. The second Doctor often stood like this (giving him a Charlie Chaplin-like stance) and the fact that Character Options went the extra mile to make the figure authentic in this respect is truly worthy of praise.

The only areas that he could have been improved is that if his coat opened a bit more to reveal his suspenders underneath. A very minor thing, that. However another note about the sculpt that should be applauded is that his hands are slightly covered by his coat arms. That hinders the articulation a tad, but it’s accurate. The second Doctor’s hands would often almost disappear under the length of his coat arms.

The paint is really nice with a crisp set of colors all around. The only weak spot is that some of the lines on the pants are a little off kilter in their patchwork, but it fits in with his cosmic hobo look. There is a little slop on the Second Doctor that you can notice in these extreme close up pictures, but not really to the naked eye. Troughton doesn’t suffer from the slightly off color look as he appeared in a handful of color episode specials later on, thus giving us plenty of color reference work to base this figure off of. His shoes are painted with a nice dry brush that gives them a dirty, almost muddy look.

The Tomb Cyberman is another one of Character Options best bits of work. This figure was previously released this past March and it remains one of the best sculpts of the line. Everything about this figure is screen accurate, right down to tiny holes sculpted on the side of the helmet which were there in the original series so the actors in the suits could breath.

The Cyberman sculpt is both simple and complex. Because the design of the old Cybermen was a bit hokey, they didn’t have to sculpt a ton on most areas. Simply supplying a silver suit is work enough, but it’s the minor bits of detail such as the little wiffle ball things that adorn the elbows and shoulders that make this sculpt stand out.

Character Options didn’t “update” this sculpt at all. If the Four Horsemen would have made this, no doubt they would have made this robot look a million times more cool… But it wouldn’t have been accurate and that’s what CO has done here. Giving us a near perfect 5 inch version of the robot from 1967.

One interesting note I found on the sculpt of the second Doctor is that on the bottom of his foot there is a copyright stamp. Nothing too remarkable about that, except that it says BBC (C) 1965… Troughton didn’t become the Doctor until 1966, however.

The normal release of the Tomb Cyberman came with two different Cybermats as well as pieces to build the Cyber Controller. However since this two pack really isn’t focusing so much on the Cyberman, we don’t get anything for him. I wouldn’t have minded another couple Cybermats, but I’m not really lamenting the loss of them either.

What we do get is the second Doctor’s recorder. His strange little flute that he often liked to play. It’s an interesting piece because it’s basically his signature element. In fact it was this little recorder that defeated Omega in the Three Doctors. So having it here is a must. The detail on the sculpt is pretty good, including the actual recorder holes.

Additional Notes:
Patrick Troughton only spent three years as the Doctor and his story is somewhat tragic. Troughton left the role because he didn’t want to be typecast and sadly a lot of his episodes were destroyed by the BBC, which took pretty terrible care of their archives. In fact only the Tomb of the Cybermen serial remains completely in tact from his first two seasons. That serial is an interesting case as it provides both some really top notch effects (such as the melting Cyberman intestines) and some of the absolute worst (Toberman being thrown by a Cyberman)…

As such, I’ve only seen a handful of Patrick Troughton second Doctor appearances but I must say he really put on a tour de force with his portrayal and he’s actually jumped up to being one of my favorite Doctors. Without him really nailing it, the regeneration bit would have never worked providing a critical ingredient in the longevity of the series.

I’m a Love Machine…

Troughton didn’t want to be too associated with Doctor Who in his early years trying to avoid a typecast, but as time went on he became very proud of his work on the show, appearing in three future stints decades apart. Troughton appeared as late as 1985, but sadly Patrick Troughton died at the age of 67 (intriguingly the same age William Hartnell passed away) while appearing at a Doctor Who promotional appearance. It’s a shame we lost him so soon as I wonder if he was alive if he wouldn’t have worked his way back into the new series.

For what it’s worth, clips of him just recently appeared in the 10th Doctor story, The Next Doctor. Not only is Troughton’s story a bit tragic, but it was his incarnation of the Doctor who actually ended up getting the Doctor exiled by the Time Lords and forced to be stuck on Earth which was a plot device during the Jon Pertwee era.

$35 for an army builder and one of the best figures that CO has ever made. I’m quite alright with paying $40 for this set. In fact I planned ahead when I found out this set was announced and only purchased a couple of regular Tomb Cybermen when they were released earlier in the year, knowing I’d be getting another one here. There are rumors that these Doctors might be released again down the road, but for now this is the only way to get them, making the price worth it.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 10
Articulation – 7
Accessories – Recorder
Value – 8
Overall – 9 out of 10

If this was just the Second Doctor on his own, he’d be a 10 out of 10. He’s PERFECT. Seriously. However, I’m grading it as a two pack. The Tomb Cyberman is perfect too, but he brings the value down just a hint. Still, if you have to only get one of these SDCC sets, get this one. The Second Doctor figure is a must have.

Give us back our hand, Jack!

As time goes on, I’m really becoming a huge fan of the Second Doctor. I simply love him. He has a Columbo element to him, where he lulls his enemies into underestimating him. These guys are incredible and if you love Doctor Who, you need them. Be sure to tune in tomorrow when I’ll have the final SDCC exclusive Doctor Who review.

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6 Responses to Doctor Who Review: Second Doctor & Tomb Cyberman

  • Wes says:

    You know, while I bought the set for Troughton, I actually think the Cyberman is the superior figure. His design is more visually interesting, the articulation is mostly unimpeded (and the way the hoses work with it really impresses me), and any flubs with the paint just look like normal wear you’d find on a robot.

    The paint issues on my Troughton, though — namely a smudge on one side of his face and a few orangey looking areas there, as well as shiny patches (glue?) here and there on his coat — are somewhat more noticeable. Plus there’s the limitations that result from the coat being glued to his torso, which just seems completely unnecessary.

    (I did try to force the coat, btw — you won’t damage the sculpt, but you will end up with black patches where the glue takes the color from the coat. Of course, the coat normally covers these, but you won’t want to display the figure with the coat more open… so you might as well not.)

    Anyway, great review! Looking forward to hearing what you have to say about the 6th Doctor, though my hatred for Colin Baker’s Doctor prevented me from getting that one. 😉

  • The S says:

    I love reading your toy reviews, even if I have no knowledge or interest in the media associated with the figures. That, mon frère, tells you just how well your reviews are written 😉

  • THANKS! That is quite the compliment!

  • Anonymous says:

    COOL figures !!!

  • Anonymous says:

    “Giving us a near perfect 5 inch version of the robot from 1967.”

    Cybermen (and Daleks) aren’t robots, they’re cyborgs.

  • Anonymous says:

    Yeah, you really told him. Cyborgs, robots, six of one, half dozen of the other.

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