March is Doctor Who toy month here at Infinite Hollywood and we’ll be bringing you a new Doctor Who review every day! For 31 reviews in 31 days. It should be exciting. Let’s get started with our first figure and one of my favorite Doctors.

Welcome to my first Doctor Who figure review. Why am I doing a Doctor Who figure review? Well to be blunt, there are no good Doctor Who figure reviews out there. When looking for a review of these figures you’re reduced to 12 year old British kids on Youtube or nothing…

Now take nothing away from the pre-teen Brits as they do a pretty good job reviewing the figures, but their Youtube videos rarely hit any of the points that typical reviews of toys hit. They herald every figure, show us how the joints move and once you’ve seen one, you’ve sort of seen them all.

I’m hoping to change all that with some in depth detailed reviews for Americans and English folk alike. I’m going to borrow a bit from MWCToys style of reviewing and hit some of those basic points but trying not to be a total ripoff (Hey he’s got a good system!)… So here we go!

The first figure I’m reviewing is the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston). This is the second articulated Ninth Doctor figure, not to be confused with the barely possible first Ninth Doctor figure and the SDCC exclusive Ninth Doctor figure. This is the Ninth Doctor that comes complete with an Auton arm, Mickey head and bomb.

This figure is actually the first “Doctor” I received, which makes him a perfect review because he’s also the first Doctor character that I had been exposed to in decades. Yes, I grew up watching Doctor Who on PBS, yes Tom Baker IS my favorite Doctor, but it was really Christopher Eccleston’s portrayal of Doctor Who that not only got me interested in Who again, but jump started the franchise.

For those unfamiliar with Doctor Who, the 2005 series with Christopher Eccleston is the perfect starting point. The stories are great, the acting is top notch and the characters are fun. Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor is very different from many of the Doctors past. He’s what I’d like to call the first “bad ass” Doctor. Christopher Eccleston plays the part much like others before him, the Doctor is arrogant, annoyed and self righteous… But he’s also much more in your face than others and a lot less quirky. No funny costumes or umbrellas here, this is a no-nonsense Doctor and he’s brilliant because of it.

Packaging:
I rarely review the packages, I think it’s a waste of time and space. That said I am going to touch a bit on the Doctor Who packages because they’re some of the finest work in packages I’ve seen. This is a clamshell bubble, but the card stock is thick and the bubble is the Tardis design. It shows off the figure nicely and would be great for MOC collectors as the Tardis shaped bubble stands out. It’s also made of very high quality plastic. A sharp contrast from most American toys.

Articulation:
This figure is pretty much identical to the SDCC version, with a slightly different shirt. The earlier Ninth Doctor figure was poorly preposed and didn’t lend himself to much action. This Doctor has the “new” standard in Who articulation which is the following joints:

Cut neck, swivel arm battle grip, elbow joints, cut wrists a t-crotch with ball joints and knee joints. It doesn’t sound like a lot in comparison to say Marvel legends, but it’s actually about all the articulation you need.

Sculpt:
Sculpt wise he’s a hit with his costume meeting all the basic requirements. The Ninth Doctor didn’t have a flashy costume and kept his look pretty simple with some black pants, a shirt and a black leather jacket. All of this looks perfect here and his shirt is a burgundy red color that the Doctor wore several times during the show.

The facial sculpt isn’t as accurate as it could be, but it hits the important part. The hair looks right, his nose is big as are his ears. The face itself could use a tad more detail, but I’ve certainly seen worse. The sculptors at Character Options might not be the Four Horsemen, but they’re no slouches either.

Accessories:
Accessory wise this figure comes with a lot more than most Doctor Who figures do, but he actually lacks his most important accessory. The entire line isn’t really one that includes tons of accessories but when they do give you some they’re very useful. The Ninth Doctor gets all the pieces that make up his first episode, including a Auton arm, which is basically a mannequin arm. He also in includes Auton Mickey’s head and the plastic bomb. None of this may make any sense to you if you haven’t seen the show, but they are handy if you have. They all come specifically from the episode.

Sadly this Doctor doesn’t include a Sonic Screwdriver the main “weapon” of Doctor Who. His hand is sculpted to hold it, but it’s not here. It’s no big loss as the other accessories are nice and pretty much every other Doctor figure comes with a Sonic screwdriver, so I can understand why CO decided to toss things up a bit.

Value:
Value is pretty subjective with this line. In England these figures are readily available from $7-9 give or take. In the states you’re more likely to pay $9-15. Sometimes more, sometimes less, plus you have to factor in shipping. That said, this is a time when the value is very worth it. It’s a great figure, tons of cool accessories and it makes it worth the price even if you’re paying on the higher end for it.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 8
Articulation – 7
Accessories – Auton arm, Auton Mickey Head, Plastic Bomb
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10

Overall this is an impressive figure and one that fans of the show will undoubtedly want. Even if you don’t collect Doctor Who, you might look into picking this one up if you collect any 5 inch scale figures as he’d fit in well as a civilian.

All in all this is easily a 8/10 figure. If he’d had the Sonic Screwdriver and a slightly better facial sculpt he’d be a 10/10… As is he’s the best Ninth Doctor figure ever made and chances are the last. He’s definitely worth picking up for fans and collectors alike.

One Response to Ninth Doctor Figure Review

  • The Castellan says:

    My favorite Doctor after Tom. Pity some folks on the production staff treated him and a few other folks crappily, otherwise he might have stayed on a few more seasons.

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