So lots of Doctor Who news for you to soak up today. First and foremost, Underground Toys have revealed one of their Doctor Who SDCC products and it’s River Song and the inside of the Pandorica. The chair is able to hold the Doctor and River comes with a gun. The Pandorica can be formed by using the CD cases from the previous Pandorica wave.

I have to admit, the concept here is cool, but for $30 I don’t really want/need River Song that much. I’ve mentioned it elsewhere, but once I found out that River was born and raised on the Tardis and eventually becomes the Doctor’s girlfriend… I was a bit weirded out. Plus I don’t think the likeness here is that great and it’s basically an extra $15 for a convoluted chair.

I didn’t much care for the Pandorica plot itself, either, mind you. Underground promises there’s still more SDCC goodness on the way, including Classic Who items. One can only hope.

Elsewhere, Big Chief Studios, a UK company that has a website but absolutely no products that I can find, have been given the license to produce 1:6 scale figures of Doctor Who. It’s exciting news as they plan to do them in super detail and poseability and have the license not only to product current Doctor Who stuff, but everything dating back to the first Doctor.

The first waves announced include the 11th Doctor, Amy, Rory and River… So basically I’m not interested right now. They appear as if they’ll be sold through the website, but there may end up being a deal with international distributors. Unfortunately I can’t comment on Big Chief’s quality, as I can’t find examples of their work, but apparently the company is made up of people who’ve done good work in other companies. I actually thought the Character Options 1:6 stuff was quite good, but clearly this will target a different market.

Speaking of former Doctors, it’s rumored that the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston may end up with a role in the popular TV show, Game of Thrones. I’ve never watched it, but I hear good things. I know Eccleston is awesome in just about everything he does.

Finally, the 10th Doctor, David Tennant will be appearing in the remake of Fright Night. While I usually loath remakes, this one looks promising with a decent cast and potential to be a bit of a modern horror franchise. Tennant is playing Roddy McDowell’s old role as the Van Helsing-like Peter Vincent. You can watch a trailer here. It looks pretty good, actually.

10 Responses to Tons of Doctor Who News

  • Joseph Tages says:

    I'll come out and say it: The Doctor needs to keep it in his pants. Neither the Ninth, Tenth, or Eleventh incarnations strike me as remotely romantic material. Their companions keep falling for him and now this whole River nonsense which is really absurd to begin with. The Doctor is a wacky, eccentric, freaking ALIEN. His asexuality made him unique among fictional characters during the classic years. Give me Pertwee, Davison, McCoy, and both Bakers over the newer generation's amorous antics, any day.

  • Newt says:

    You know I really dug the Rose storyline and I thought it worked well with the 9th particularly. He was gruff and grim and she was innocent and meek and needed a father figure and I could see how they would have sort of fallen in love. It also worked because it was new, fresh and pretty unheard of. I know it made a lot of people upset, but I liked it.

    It worked a little less with the 10th, but naturally Rose would still like him, since he was technically the same man… So whatever. But I didn't understand why Martha fell in love with him. I did like that eventually Martha fell out of favor with him because he didn't want her. I liked that part, at least.

    However, the whole love triangle with Amy and Rory is really grating on my nerves and the whole River Song thing just spun out of control for me. I'm kind of done with Amy and River. Perhaps in the upcoming season they can find a way to make it all palpable for me, but after the midseason finale or whatever, I just have a rather "blah" taste in my mouth.

  • wesitron says:

    I was reading up on Toni Collette a while back after watching United States of Tara and came across this remake. At first I was taken aback, but just like you I saw the whole cast and just kinda fell in love with the idea. I hadn't really thought of them re-imagining Roddy's character as a more modern, Blade-style slayer and the idea just tickles me with Tennant at the helm.

    All in all, I gotta say I'm excited about the remake. It's too bad they took the original off Netflix streaming.

    As far as the Who SDCC set, I think it's kinda neat. I like River as a character even if her origin is sorta whack and they tend to write her saying the same thing over and over again. I think I'm just a sucker for cool displays 🙂

    Is it just me or does she possibly have swivel-hinged shoulders? It's hard to tell with the white on white, but it looks at least like a possibility.

  • Bill White says:

    I am in total agreement with you, Newton, about River and the Doctor's relationship. I am also almost in the same boat as you when it comes to this set. I say "almost" because, although I really didn't care for the whole Pandorica thing, my DW display needs some scenery in the form of playsets, and this looks as close as we will get, at least for the time being. Thirty bucks for this IS a hard pill to swallow though.

    It's also interesting that another company making DW figures is making a Rory figure. That's something Character Options STILL won't give us!

  • Newt says:

    That's how I feel about the Fright Night remake. At first I was figured it'd be like all other horrible remakes… But with vampires being popular again, and a pretty strong cast this looks like it could be one of the best remakes in years. Here's hoping anyway!

  • Newt says:

    I'd be more likely to want the set mind you, had I gotten any of the Pandorica wave. I got some of those figures, but never from that particular wave. So the chair is less interesting to me. However I give them huge props for finding a unique way to get the Pandorica out there.

  • Newt says:

    Oh and it does look like she's got a swivel hinge shoulder joint, or at least some sort of ball going on there. CO has used that before in a few figures, but not regularly and not usually on the humans. Should be interesting if that's an addition or just a one off.

  • Mecha-Shiva says:

    Saw the trailer before,seems like the usual mountain dew driven remake on the heels of Twilight,only part I like is Tennant,because I always wanted to see Geeky Monster slayers since Ghostbusters,maybe Tennant for GhostBusters 3?
    Don't care about the chair,if you had a lot in a line it would look like some Universal Theme ride,lol.

  • Horatio says:

    I'm as excited about this set as any this year. Love River Song as a character from the moment she appeared. This is probably one of my most wanted figures Classic or New. The fact that it comes with a Pandorica chair just makes it even better.

    Also really looking forward to the Fright Night remake. All reports say Tennant steals the show so something to look forward to seeing.

  • Rob_Mac says:

    First, I'm a huge River Song fan. People can say that the Doctor never, ever dabbled in romantic territory before, to which is say Romanadvoratrelundar! And with it now revealed that River is kind of part Time Lord it does make sense that the Doctor would be interested in her.

    I am disappointed in the figure a bit, as well as the fact that it is an exclusive. She is a main character and these things are already on ebay for about 70-80 bucks each. Totally not worth it. We need some River Song single card figures, as well as cool variants, and we need them darn quick.

    I'd also really like to see a Rory figure. They already have a very cool Roman Auton figure they could drop a Rory head on, so I do not understand why CO is dragging its heels on these figures! Disappointing.

    Oh, and Tennant looks great. Hopefully this will open the door to him getting future roles in American Films.

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