I've always liked the way Doctor Who has never been particularly over-merchandised, and the merchandise you can get is usually pretty good quality.
Now, in celebration of the show's 50th anniversary, the BBC have REALLY ramped up the conveyor belt of stuff. Fill yer boots, Who fans, your time has come.
Yestersday I went to a BBC showcase of their new merchandise ranges for Christmas. What a lot of cool stuff! Let's just say that you will need a Christmas stocking with the capacity of a TARDIS to fit this lot in.
So here's a special preview of all the Doctor Who treats on their way. Some of this stuff is not yet in the shops but will be in stock over the next few months, so keep checking back at the BBC shop.
First we take a trip to the kitchen, wherein lurk some awesome character aprons, a classy retro mug for the old school Whovian and a much better attempt at a Dalek cake than the one I made earlier:
Then we decide to retire for the evening, and don the most amazing Doctor Who dressing gowns ever:
These towelling robes will retail at £30-£50, which is a bargain really because if you had one you would never want to wear anything else ever.
Unless maybe you were going to dress up in one of these:
Note the adult and child sized Matt Smith costumes with the sewn in bow tie. The family that Whos together possibly needs to get out a bit more.
Next, time for a board game?
Note the tiny Monopoly playing pieces with reference to Doctor Who through the ages. Obviously everybody will want to play as Tom Baker's scarf. The fifth Doctor's celery may be less popular.
At this point in the event the nice woman from the BBC pointedly said "We do have other stuff that's not Doctor Who you know".
So OK, here are some Mr Tumble toys. And friends.
Oh who am I kidding, I'm only here for the wibbly wobbly timey-wimey stuff:
And so, to bed
But not before watching a lovely DVD box set. This is a guaranteed best-seller because of course you'd forget that you'd bought it and have to go and get another one: