It may only be the first week in February, but you can be sure that Doctor Who Lego sets will be one of the top requests on children’s Christmas lists this year. The BBC is reporting that Doctor Who Lego set is about to become a reality after a deal was agreed between BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm, and the Danish toymaker.
Lego has a long history of tie-ups with movie makers and TV broadcasters, but this deal has been a long time coming. The first set to be licensed by the BBC will be released by the end of 2015, and, according to Wired, it will be available in “all key markets.”
The initial concept for the Lego Doctor Who set was approved after a competition on the Lego website, which saw Doctor Who fan Andrew Clark’s design receive over 10,000 votes. Mr Clark’s concept won the approval of Doctor Who fans and will feature a range of Doctors, companions, and monsters across the show’s history, but fans will have to wait until later this year to discover what will actually be produced.
Both Lego and the BBC are staying tight-lipped about exactly which characters would be included, beyond the current Doctor played by Peter Capaldi, but it is surely likely to include the Doctor’s most famous foe, the Daleks, and a Tardis is a must.
Clark’s set consisted of a whole range of Doctors. His prototype included David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler, a Tom Baker Fourth Doctor, and the present Twelfth Doctor and his travelling buddy Clara, as portrayed in the sci-fi series by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. However, the only official image provided so far is an extreme close-up of Lego Capaldi’s iconic eyebrows.
The BBC says “fans will have to wait until later this year to discover what will be produced.”
Emma Owen, U.K. spokesperson for Lego Ideas, said, “We’re extremely excited to announce that a Doctor Who set will be released as our next Lego Ideas fan based set.”
“After receiving over 10,000 votes from the online community and having gone through rigorous toy testing from our expert panel, these awesome sets are on track to be on shelves later this year.”
“The final set designs, pricing and availability are being worked out as we speak, so watch this space for the final details.”
Marcus Arthur, MD of BBC Worldwide, said “Both Doctor Who and Lego enjoy a particularly close relationship with their fans and I can’t wait to see what Lego produce.”
According to Tech Times, Lego also announced plans for a new design based on Disney’s Wall-E.
Lego Ideas is an online community where fans can submit their designs for new Lego products. So far, nine products have made it through Ideas and into production, including a Lego set for The Big Bang Theory.
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