In the mid-'60s, a curious British program combining the best elements of science fiction, fantasy, and comedy emerged to delight and amuse viewers. It followed the adventures of an eccentric extraterrestrial known as a Time Lord, who traversed the galaxy righting wrongs and helping humanity wherever he saw fit. His temporal device was known as a sonic screwdriver, and his spaceship -the TARDIS- resembled a blue police phone box.
When it premiered Doctor Who wasn't exactly like anything else on television, which might explain its lasting power over the many decades since its inception. Having just finished its eleventh season and 13th Doctor regeneration, it shows no signs of going anywhere, as new fans emerge with each passing generation. This gift guide is for all those that revel in the whimsy and unconventionality of Doctor Who.
10 13TH DOCTOR FUNKO POP
Though the idea of Doctor Who’s first female doctor might have surprised some viewers, they quickly warmed to the option once the 13th doctor premiered on the series. The great concept of the series is that a new doctor “regenerates” into a different body every season, letting each series be led by a different actor.
This Funko Pop perfectly captures the likeness of the 13th Doctor, from her cuffed trousers to her striped shirt and her tan suspenders. The only thing she’s missing is the doctor’s iconic jacket, but that was only one of 1,500 released at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.
9 DOCTOR WHO MEETS SCRATCHMAN
If Star Trek and Star Wars can have dozens of novels, why not Doctor Who? From the imagination of Tom Baker comes this epic narrative that follows the adventures of The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith as they investigate strange creatures while on holiday in Scotland.
The creatures appear as scarecrows feasting on human flesh and may be doing so at the bidding of an ancient enemy known as Scratchman. As usual, the fate of the Universe is at stake, so a wild roller coaster of inter-dimensional travel and magical mayhem leads to the ultimate showdown with a supernatural evil who may be the Devil himself.
8 DOCTOR WHO: TIME OF THE DALEKS BOARD GAME
“Exterminate! Annihilate! Destroy!” come the battle cry of the Daleks, as they feverishly try to destroy The Doctor. Their creator promised them victories over their enemies, and make the Daleks great again, forcing the Doctor and their allies to race against time and beat impossible odds. With only your wits and sonic screwdriver, will you be victorious?
With the simple mechanics of a dice roll and placement game, but with the added bonus of being able to focus multiple dice and equipment not being single-use. The challenges and trials are therefore difficult but not impossible for the 4 Doctors (1, 4, 11, and 12) the game comes with.
7 13TH DOCTOR SONIC SCREWDRIVER
Sonic screwdrivers are as unique as the Doctors who wield them. The sonic screwdriver is the most important tool in the Doctor’s arsenal of temporal tactics as they travel through dimensions and space. The 13th Doctor’s device looks highly organic in nature and has much more character than previous incarnations.
This officially licensed piece of Dr. Who merchandise appears to look like melted or molded metal around a crystal, perfectly replicating Jodie Whittacker’s sonic screwdriver in the 11th season. It’s 7.5” in height and 1.3” long and would make a dramatic addition to any Dr. Who cosplay or Whovian collection.
6 DOCTOR WHO: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TIME LORDS
What Whovian wouldn’t want to get their hands on the book that all Time Lords (including the Doctor) had to read while attending the Academy? This impressive volume features the in-Universe history of the Time Lords in full color, including the story of Gallifrey from the Last Great Time War.
Find out about the civilization of the Time Lords, as well as their historical figures, and all of their notable battles. This includes the Shining World of the Seven Systems, and explores all their technologies and cultural high points (like inventing black holes!) as they watched creation unfold around them.
5 LOONEY LABS DOCTOR WHO FLUXX GAME
As with any Fluxx game, no game is ever the same, and the ever-changing nature of the gameplay means that you’ll get hours of unique enjoyment from one box. Travel through time and space as one of the thirteen doctors, accompanied by your companions, Gallifreyan Tech, and K-9. Watch out for Daleks, Weeping Angels, and the master!
Your adventure begins when you take your hand of three cards, then draw a card, and play a card. Following the directions on each card you draw and then play, you will alter the game’s objective and steer towards different endings each time.
4 DOCTOR WHO: TARDIS TYPE 40 INSTRUCTION MANUAL
Anyone calling themselves a Whovian would no doubt love to get their hands on the schematics for the TARDIS Type Forty, aka the most impressive craft in the universe and personal vessel of The Doctor. Though it’s changed a lot over the series, this manual features every different iteration of it.
Featuring full colors and highly detailed drawings, this compendium provides every diagram a Whovian could hope for. From the ship' circuitry and floor plans, it also includes its ability to dematerialize as well as employ force fields. This is also the perfect addition to any Doctor Who cosplay. The Whoniverse is at your disposal!
3 DOCTOR WHO WATER BOTTLE
Being a Time Lord is thirsty business, and this Doctor Who TARDIS water bottle is just the receptacle to stay hydrated on your long journeys through time and space. Fashioned from Eastman Tritan plastic, it’s durable double-wall design is fabricated to survive any accidental drops it might receive while outrunning Daleks.
Designed to resist condensation, this water bottle is spill-proof, leak-proof, and has a lid that also comes with a convenient straw. It can hold up to 18 ounces of your favorite liquid, and is the perfect way to broadcast your favorite fandom while keeping cool at conventions or while in cosplay!
2 DOCTOR WHO HEAT REVEAL MUG
Search all of time and space, in every dimension, and you still wouldn’t find as cool a receptacle as this Doctor Who Heat Reveal Coffee Mug. Grab your favorite hot beverage (coffee, hot cocoa, tea) and simply pour it in and watch the cosmos radiate across the front along with the Dr. Who logo.
Perfect for a Doctor Who marathon, grab your mug and snuggle up with the series streaming on your television. Remember, while you won’t need your sonic screwdriver to make the magic happen, whatever beverage you enjoy will need to be piping hot to make the image reveal itself!
1 DOCTOR WHO SEASON 11
Relive all of the adventure, magic, mystery, and interstellar fun with the 11th Season of Doctor Who! Follow Jodie Whittacker, the 13th Doctor and her esteemed companions as they travel through space and time to stop one Universe-ending calamity after another.
You’ll love the crisp, sharp new look of this Blu-Ray collection, full of extra content by showrunner Chris Chibnail, who explains the rhyme and reason of the latest series and how it could be the best one yet. The brand new era of the Whoniverse can’t be missed by real fans of Doctor Who who welcomed the 13th Doctor with open arms.
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