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Doctor Who Confirmed For LEGO Dimensions, First Picture

Following much speculation that Doctor Who would feature as part of the new LEGO Dimensions range after the leak of boxart for the game this past week, LEGO have officially confirmed that the show will indeed feature as part of the the game.

The reveal comes as part of a set of instruction sheets/catalogue officially uploaded by Lego to the company’s website.

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As seen in the picture, the set will feature Peter Capaldi, the TARDIS and K9 alongside scenery and interactive levels within the game.

Lego Dimensions is an action-adventure video game developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. The game follows multiple characters from various Lego sets after a masked villain is breaking into multiple worlds. It follows the same format as both Activision’s Skylanders franchise, Disney Infinity and Nintendo’s Miibo, where the player has Lego figures and a portal which can be played within the game itself.

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Other franchises featured in the game include Lord of the RingsJurassic World, Scooby Doo, The Simpsons, Portal and Back to the Future.

LEGO: Dimensions is released on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 on September 28, 2015.

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Doctor Who Coming to Lego Dimensions Game? Second hook-up after Lego Ideas Set?

Leaked images of the new Lego Dimensions range have led to speculation that Doctor Who could feature in the game as part of the first wave releases of figures.

Lego Dimensions is and action-adventure video game developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

The game follows multiple characters from various Lego sets after a masked villain is breaking into multiple worlds. It follows the same format as both Activision’s Skylanders franchise, Disney Infinity and Nintendo’s Miibo, where the player has Lego figures and a portal which can be played within the game itself.

The leaked X-Box One images, inadvertently released by retailer Walmart, show pictures of the entire range of characters on top of the box which will be released in four waves, the first of which will include the The Lord of the Rings, DC Comics and Wizard of Oz franchises. Analysis of the images released however also reveal releases for Portal, The Simpsons and according to Family Gamer TV, Scooby Doo, Jurassic World and our very own Doctor Who.

If Family Gamer TV is correct, Doctor Who‘s appearance in the game would be the second Doctor Who/Lego crossover this year alongside the impending Lego Ideas set as designed by Andrew Clark.

The set, which features a range of Doctors, companions and monsters received the 10,000 votes required on the Lego Ideas website for the company to consider it for production. However fans will have to wait till later in the year to see what exactly will be produced with the new set.

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Emma Owen, UK spokesperson for Lego Ideas, said:

“We’re extremely excited to announce that a Doctor Who and a WALL-E set will be released as our next Lego Ideas fan based sets, congratulations to the designers Andrew Clark and [WALL-E] Angus MacLane! 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!”

Lego Dimensions releases on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U on September 29th and the Doctor Who Lego Ideas Set will also be available later this year.

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Titan Unveils Doctor Who Regeneration Collection

Titan Merchandise has unveiled the figures for its upcoming Doctor Who Regeneration Collection which will feature every Doctor from the beginning to the series to present day, including Peter Capaldi! Each figure will (mostly) feature the Doctor in his regeneration attire.

Each figure will be three inches tall and will be blind-boxed, some figures will come with a character-specific accessory.

For some reason the 9th Doctor is omitted and replaced by River Song.

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Two Doctor Who LEGO Sets Make it to Reviews Stage

LEGO Ideas have revealed the first six projects that have made it to 2014’s reviews stage and two Doctor Who projects are amongst the finalists.

The six are LEGO Bird Project, Modular Apple Store, Back to the Future: Jules Verne Train, The Big Bang Theory and two two Doctor Who sets – Doctor Who and Doctor Who and Companions.

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Left: TARDIS with alternate titles that can be swapped out for a “Bad Wolf” TARDIS. Right: TARDIS Console based on late Matt Smith run and likely early Peter Capaldi.

About the Project:

“I am surprised that Lego didn’t take down a license for Doctor Who the moment the License became available (or did they?), but here we are now. Point is Doctor Who fits in every theme Lego has ever produced. It is like the grand unification theory. City, Castle, Space, Miners, Agents, Underwater, even Chima if you go back to some of the older episodes…well, ok, so The Doctor would look a bit weird in Friends, but even then, he is visiting some strange Alien species…”

Left: First Matt Smith TARDIS Console. Upper Right: Examples of brick built Daleks. Lower Right: K-9.
Left: First Matt Smith TARDIS Console. Upper Right: Examples of brick built Daleks. Lower Right: K-9.

“Doctor Who pairs well with any existing Lego theme. So what we are looking for in a set are the elements that are harder to organize and come by. A few parts that have not been molded in the right colors, and of course a few figures. Just enough content to drop the TARDIS, the TARDIS console, the Doctor, and his Companions into a build for a little flavor, and a few trouble makers to stir the pot. We are suggesting 5 Minifigures, K-9, and 3 Brick Built Daleks for characters. For setting elements we are suggesting the TARDIS external (Police Box) and a TARDIS Console.”

Website: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/16291

Doctor Who and Companions by AndrewClark2

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About the Project:

“The iconic Tardis sits where it all began, Totters Lane. The scene is a typical London street, with brick wall/fencing and lamp post with Totters Lane sign. The Doctor and his companion stand outside with K9 ready for adventures. The TARDIS opens up to become the inner TARDIS walls and can be placed next to the console where the Doctor controls their journey through time.”

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The set includes:

TARDIS, exterior / interior walls.
Interior console ( LEGO can choose if they want the full, console and tilt damage )
street/Interior base.
K9 (18 parts)
1 Dalek red, or gray (25 parts) (assuming LEGO can get the license)

Minifigs (most have dual printed face, happy and shocked )
1 and possibly 2 Doctors. An older and more recent Doctor, so older and younger fans have a Doctor.
For the more recent Doctor, I propose Tennant, or maybe Capaldi, who is the latest incarnation. For the other I propose the 4th Doctor Tom Baker, and possibly Sarah Jane as his companion. I am open for LEGO to choose the Doctor/s

2 Companions (Rose Tyler if Tennant is chosen, or Clara Oswald if Capaldi is chosen.

(Possiblility of 1) Weeping Angel (Face printed on both sides)
(Possiblility of 1) Cyberman
If LEGO likes the idea, a sound brick for the iconic Tardis sound.

Due to the nature of the set fans may buy 2 sets. One to have the TARDIS on the street scene, and another to have the TARDIS unfolded to become the inner walls placed next to console.

Total part count including Minifigs around 530 (less if just the top of the console is chosen)

Website: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/59181

The LEGO Review Board is composed of designers, product managers and other LEGO team members. The reviews process will evaluate each project based around several criteria such as the original LEGO model design, the concept itself, the potential audience for the product, playability, safety, and possible licence issues.

The results of the process are expected in the coming weeks.

There are currently 60 Doctor Who projects on LEGO Ideas, you can support and view them via the Lego Ideas Website and we shall feature some of our own favourite designs in the coming weeks.

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Fourth Doctor – Top Ten Merchandise

For children growing up in the seventies Doctor Who collectibles were few and far between. We had to rely on Suger Smacks, Weetabix and Typhoo promotions or the Dalek Death Ray ice lolly thus leaving our love of Doctor Who objects at the discretion of our parents general housekeeping budgets and selections. It meant that rarely would Santa bring us a Doctor Who related gift.

All that changed with the Denys Fisher range of dolls and one of my happiest childhood memories is of being treated to the Tom Baker figure complete with scarf, hat (that had a tendency to pop off) and best of all the trusted sonic screwdriver. I didn’t really care about my own appearance and wore the most shocking of C & A clothes without embarrassment, but I was meticulous when it came to dressing my Doctor Who figure. We couldn’t afford to get the Leela, the TARDIS, Cyberman or Dalek so instead my Doctor faced off against my brother’s Steve Austin.

A testimony to the enduring and iconic nature of his Doctor, Tom Baker related merchandise is now relatively easy to get hold of. Such is his continued appeal that to date he is the only incarnation to have been featured in The Simpsons. So for lovers of the Fourth Doctor, here is my top ten items of merchandise (excluding fiction books/audios), in reverse order:

10.  The Doctor Who Discovers books.

These newspaper style print A4 books recycled  (and repeated) well used stock photographs of the Fourth Doctor in between photos, illustration and brief facts about Space Travel, Strange and Mysterious Creatures, The Conquerors. Prehistoric Animals and Early Man. They worked great with Silly Putty as the print easily transferred to it. Apart from that neat feature it was the exciting colour posters that made them quite collectible at the time. Don’t remember ever learning anything from them however.

9. The Fourth Doctor Collector’s Plate. Cards Inc.

Made by CARDS Inc this particular piece made of ceramic was limited to 2000 worldwide and was one of a four part set (alongside Davros, a Dalek and a Cyberman). There are other Tom Baker plates out there but this one stands out with this memorable quote from The Pyramids of Mars:

You don’t understand the implications, I’m not a human being, I walk in eternity”

Probably the best item of crockery/tableware featuring the Fourth Doctor and much better than the recent anniversary Toby jug style mug and the arty BBC Fourth Doctor design glass.

8. Viewmaster – Full Circle set.

Two of my favourite time wasting toys both involved removing my glasses – the kaleidoscope that I would pretend was running new Doctor Who credits and the Viewmaster. I had the occasional Disney cartoon reel but for the most part it was a random and boring selection of slides at my disposal, such as the Mardi Grass and other sightseeing slides. But it took on a new legendary status in my toy collection as soon as this pack of slides  representing the season 18 story Full Circle came out (1981). Not having video recorders until a couple of years later this was the only way to relive an old episode of Doctor Who. Such a shame it wasn’t more of a classic like Terror of the Zygons or Genesis of the Daleks, but it was Doctor Who nonetheless and became my favourite set of slides for the viewmaster.

7.  Fourth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver. Character Options.

Until those friendly guys at the Magic Wand Company make a universal remote based on the Fourth Doctor’s sonic (one can only hope), this re-released Character Options toy is the most screen accurate version. It is however, made of not very well disguised plastic. Watch out  as there are two versions out there and only the latter comes with the correct sound FX. Selecting the right one appears to be an act of sheer pot luck.

6. The Fourth Doctor’s Time Capsule.

Expensive for the total content this product should hold its value from its relative rarity (limited to 5000 pieces) and the current exclusive use of the Tom Baker regeneration figure from Planet of the Spiders. It is always a joy to hear Tom Baker’s distinctive voice and the audio interview will be treasured by his fans. Also contains a vanilla version of The Terror of the Zygons DVD (sans deleted scene and VAM) audio book and novel and set of photoart cards.

5. Fourth Doctor 5” Pyramids of Mars Figure. Character Options.

The Fourth Doctor CO figures with the noteable exception of the one that appears in the Destiny of The Daleks collectors set are all stunning. But this one is the most screen accurate of them all and is generally regarded as the best of the bunch by collectors of the range. The season 18 Tom is also a great purchase although it comes in a twin pack with K9. The forerunner 5” Dapol figure will appeal only to completists or those with a nostalgic attachment to that period in the history of Doctor Who Merchandise. Coming as it did without a scarf many of us will fondly remember using a bootlace to customise the figure.

4. Fourth Doctor Maxi Bust. Titan Masterpiece Collection.

This beautiful and colourful sculpt of Tom in his City of Death outfit comes with a fantastic iconic pose and captures the era perfectly. Worthy to be a centrepiece of any Fourth Doctor collection. Of all the Doctors it is fair to say that capturing a good likeness of Baker’s face has proved to be a rarity, surprisingly so given his distinctive features. This one is the most realistic sculpt out there of Baker’s face. The detailing and colours of the scarf is exquisite.

3. Denys Fisher Mego Fourth Doctor.

I’ll admit it – nostalgia has bumped this little beauty up a couple of places. But dodgy facial likeness aside (it is still open to debate whether there is any truth to the rumour that the mould for Gareth Hunt was used to make this figure) this doll was of great quality as born out by its longevity. Many near mint versions remain available and even my well played with figure looks as good as new. Such a shame that the Leela and Cyberman figures (complete with nose) let the range down so badly. If you had the Doctor figure and the TARDIS you would have had so much fun. The TARDIS was a clever design which enabled the fourth Doctor to literally disappear inside it.

2. Official Fourth Doctor Scarf  – Lovarzi.

The ultimate cosplay item for fans of 70s Who this scarf follows the pattern with precision even to the multicoloured tassles. At 13 inches it can be worn in a variety of ways just as it was by Tom in the show. Although Tom Baker wore various different scarfs of different lengths, this fits perfectly with his season 13 look. It is an expensive item at £49.99 rrp but probably good value in terms of the amount of material used. Look out for the season 18 scarf version too and the official Fourth Doctor hat to complete the look. Even for those who wouldn’t dream of dressing up, the scarf could be utilised as a great feature as a background within a collector’s display.

1. Big Chief – Fourth Doctor Collectors Figure – Signature Edition.

A controversial choice perhaps for the top spot since this figure appears to have polarised views of collectors. Those familiar with Big Chief will know they are a relatively small fledgling company aspiring to make figures of Hot Toys quality. Whilst the debut Matt Smith doll was a huge success the follow up Amy Pond left something to be desired. Keen to learn from their mistakes this lead to a  revised sculpted hair head being offered free of charge in replacement for dissatisfied customers. So noone was quite sure which direction the next two proposed figures (Tenth and Fourth Doctor) would take the range. Pictures released of the Tenth Doctor showed it to have an uncanny likeness to Tennant and it sold out almost immediately after it was put up for pre-order. The Fourth Doctor figure although limited to 3000 pieces and up for pre-order early last summer is still to have sold out. The unflattering online pictures may have something to do with that. But many defenders of Big Chief once they had the figure in hand were quick to point out to its critics that the photos simply do not do it justice. More recently by using special lighting effects much better results are available to view.  The figure presents Tom Baker with a refreshingly serious face (some people’s looking more depressed than others) but the detailing is superb and in certain lights the resemblance to Tom is fantastic. What sets the figure apart are the range of well crafted accessories, from the iconic jelly babies to the hand of Eldred. The packaging is befitting the high end price point and although sold out now the signature edition for its limited number (300) is the one most likely to hold and increase its value over time.

So fans of the Fourth Doctor,  the marketplace is full of exciting pieces that would add value to or kickstart a collection of memorabilia. Of all the past Doctors Tom Baker is the best served in that regard. But if you want to get a sense of the man himself then check out his wonderful autobiography Who On Earth Is Tom Baker? Long overdue an updated edition I hope this great man will bless us with more anecdotes and observations in his own eccentric style. But in the meantime Tom Baker has an excellent website: http://www.tom-baker.co.uk/

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Variation on a Theme or “The Figures of Fear”

It’s fair to say that collectors, and their collections, come in all shapes and sizes, and collectors of Doctor Who memorabilia are no exception. From Target novelisations to Radio Times covers, from Weetabix card figures to Royal Mail First Day Covers, there’s pretty much something for everyone when it comes to picking up Doctor Who merchandise.

Starting a Doctor Who collection needn’t be a be an expensive affair and a great deal of enjoyment can be gained with a really small financial outlay. But as with most collections there is the capacity for it to grow, often at a rapid rate, and something that starts at just a few pounds can soon balloon to a stockpile clocking in at hundreds, if not thousands. These days the limit of a collection is usually just restricted by the size of a collector’s ambition and their wallet.

Building a collection has become much easier over the last decade thanks to the growth of online retailers and auction sites. While merchandise was once the exclusive remit of the high street store, nowadays collectors can obtain pretty much anything they desire with the mere click of a button. Retailers were quick to pick on this and the secondary market for memorabilia (or ‘collectabilia’ as I like to call it) quickly became a lucrative side-line for many dealers. Working on the premise that the rarer the item that a collector covets, the more they are likely to pay to get it, which in turn translates into higher potential fiscal returns.

Memorabilia from films and TV shows has become a great source of income for specific retailers, primarily due to dedicated and passionate fan-bases. In the mid-90’s it was The X-Files that collectors went crazy for, soon replaced by Buffy in the early 2000’s. Certain other film and TV franchises have had enjoyed a much longer lifespan, and a diehard fan following explains why institutions such as Star Trek and Star Wars are still going strong today!

And then, in 2005, interest in a long dormant British TV show began to stir once again, starting a whole new line of merchandise that continues today. In truth, Doctor Who has always had its hard-core fans, those who have slavishly stuck by the show throughout the years when it was off our screens, all the way up until a new generation of fans joined them just less than a decade ago.

Doctor Who ‘collectabilia’ fascinates and excites me in equal measure. I often spend vast amounts of my time trawling the pages of eBay, looking for any number of Who-related oddities and curios that happen to catch my eye. As long it’s within the range of my often meagre budget I’ll usually pick it up.

Back in 2011 the toy manufacturer Character Group brought out the first series of ‘Lego-themed’ micro figures and playsets as part of their Character Building (CB) range, based on characters and monsters from Matt Smith’s first season as The Doctor. The figures (blind-packed so buyers didn’t know which one they were getting) and sets were reminiscent of the Dalekmania era Cherilea Toys from the 1960’s and proved to be incredibly popular as a cheap and easily obtainable collectible for Who fans of all ages.

Unfortunately there is a particular issue inherent with this ‘blind-pack’ type of toy, and that is the manufacturer-imposed concept of ‘scarcity’! Some of the figures were much easier to obtain than others thanks to a seeding ratio that meant that each 36 pack case broke down as follows –

  • Blue Shirt Doctor (x1)
  • Jacketed Doctor (x8)
  • Blue Dalek (x3)
  • Smiler (x2)
  • Cyberman (x5)
  • Amy (x4)
  • Red Dalek (x5)
  • Screaming Weeping Angel (x4)
  • Restac (x3)
  • Serene Weeping Angel (x1)

If you were lucky enough to pull a Blue Shirt Doctor or Serene Angel then you had basically hit the jackpot as far as the figures rarity and collectability were concerned. This added an extra level of excitement and challenge for most collectors as it meant that many would have to work that bit harder to complete their sets.

However CB took things several steps beyond the initial packs, introducing three exclusive figures (variations of The Doctor and Amy, and a new yellow Eternal Dalek) that were only available for a 24-hour period each as an in-store promotion through Sainsburys supermarket and the Daily Mirror newspaper.

And the stakes were then raised even higher as CB released details of five ‘super-rare’ and extremely limited variation figures that could only be found in the blind packs –

  • Projected Weeping Angel (limited to 500)
  • The Raggedy Doctor (limited to 500)
  • Amy Pond – Green Coat (limited to 100)
  • Eleventh Doctor – Kings Arms Football Kit (limited to 100)
  • Silurian Alaya – Grey Outfit (limited to 100)

The concept of rarity in a ‘blind-pack’ product is certainly nothing new. US sports card manufacturers have done it for years within their products, seeding rarer insert cards or ‘chase’ cards at a variety of ratios. The practice then moved on with the introduction of variants (or variations) in Action Figure ranges, again seeded at a higher rate than the ‘standard’ figure, making them much more desirable to collectors.

Unfortunately this whole process creates something of a headache for the collectors themselves. What initially stated out as a challenging (but not impossible to build) set of 10 figures suddenly becomes 15 figures (18 if you add the promos as well), and any hopes of completing the set turns into a pipe dream. If you were incredibly fortunate enough to find one of the super-rare chase figures (well done by the way!) then the odds of you finding any more would be astronomical – not impossible, just unrealistically possible!

Unless, that is, you turn to the secondary market!

Memorabilia retailers would break down dozens of cases of these figures and, through the basic economic principle of ‘supply and demand’, would start to charge a higher premium for the rarer figures in the set. If collectors wanted to chase those harder-to-find figures to complete their sets then they’d have to pay more for the privilege, and it wasn’t long before the rarer pack figures (the Serene Angel and Blue Shirt Doctor) were fetching prices in excess of £10 each on eBay.

And as high as these figures went the ‘super-rares’ went even higher, fetching amounts in the hundreds for those retailers lucky enough to find them and returning some very healthy profits in the process. If retailers weren’t lucky enough to find the ‘super-rare’ figures amidst the product they had opened then you’d often see them raise their other prices to get a return on their original investment. As a result the secondary market would quickly drive up the value of certain figures, overinflating their value and immediately putting them out of the reach of Joe Collector!

Not long after their release in 2011 a complete set of five CB Doctor Who micro figure ‘super-rares’ sold on eBay for £899!! The fact that someone out there is willing to shell out just south of £900 for five plastic figures no more than a few months old absolutely beggars belief, but it highlights the fact that there are potential buyers who are willing to pay large sums and therefore encourages retailers to maintain their higher prices. Unfortunately this practice isn’t restricted to small collectible figures. The whole of the collectible market is affected by degrees, and the more popular the item the higher its perceived value. Of course, an item is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it and there is often a huge gap between an items ‘perceived value’ (what a seller believes something is worth) and its ‘actual value’ (what a buyer is actually willing to part with).

Doctor Who memorabilia is big business, of that there is no question, and unfortunately certain manufacturers have a hand in making it difficult for Doctor Who collectors to maintain their hobby at a cost-effective level. Companies who produce merchandise with different levels of rarity or scarceness automatically give retailers and dealers the ability to create an overinflated secondary market of ‘collectabilia’! CB have maintained this model of micro figure releases over the last three years and each time it has yielded the same results – high priced rare figures that are great if you are a collector who is fortunate enough to stumble across one, but which aren’t suited for set collectors and completests. For those individuals, if they have any hope of putting together a complete collection then they will literally have to ‘pay the price’!

Of course, I’m only looking at this from a collector’s point of view. For retailers there is the opportunity to bring in some great financial returns so the system is perfectly suited for them. Even those who chance upon a ‘super-rare’ figure directly from an off-the-shelf blind-pack will often put the figure up for sale, encouraged by the high amounts that others are receiving for them. I’m certainly not saying that there’s anything wrong with this, only that it does make life difficult for the genuine collector and ends up taking a lot of fun out of a hobby that is meant to be just that – fun!

Sometimes it can really suck being a collector, and Doctor Who collectors are no exception!

I’ve spent decades collecting various types of rubbish and here are several mantras that I (try and) adhere to –

  1. Keep it simple! Set out your stall and decide what your boundaries are in terms of what you want to collect!
  2. You will no doubt be swayed from time to time when something new and ‘shiny’ comes into the market – try and resist where possible, your wallet thank you for it! If you do decide to expand your collection then refer back to point 1!
  3. Make your collection personal; make it mean something to you!
  4. NEVER pay more than what you believe something is worth!
  5. No-one is forcing you to collect anything therefore you’re probably doing it because you want to! So enjoy it!!!
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Review: Doctor Who – The Legacy

A joint production between BBC Worldwide, Tiny Rebel Games and Seed Studio, Doctor Who: The Legacy is a puzzle RPG game which allows you to build a team of your favourite Doctor, companions and allies to face off against the show’s deadliest enemies across scenes from series’ six and seven, all with a unique story to explain the action. An intriguing pitch, yet The Legacy certainly delivers.

The concept is both ambitious and the same time deceptively simple. There are definitely shades of the likes of Puzzle and Dragons, Bejeweled and Candy Crush within the games mechanics as you attempt to makes matches of three or more orbs on a grid, yet but the levelling up, strategy and health aspect bring a new dimension to the game, taking it a step beyond a simple clone of other similar popular franchises. The games learning curve is easy, almost too easy for the first few levels, yet getting satisfyingly harder as you progress. We’re currently stuck on The Angels Take Manhattan (Might help if we blink… But we dare not!) yet it shows no indication of becoming as infuriating as the likes of Candy Crush given your ability to simply go back and level up.

The plot feels somewhat peripheral, as it often does when you try and give a puzzle game a backstory, yet the characters are well written for and it makes sense, certainly where the Moffat era is concerned anyway. Despite its limitations, it serves as a perfect excuse to travel back through familiar locations and episodes with whichever TARDIS team you’ve selected along the way and the game should be commended for its effort in this respect.

Excellently presented, the games locations and characters are both visually appealing and instantly recognisable and there’s a few surprises waiting to be unlocked! The art is stylish and modern, yet may lack a little something in potential animation, the characters remaining very static throughout. In terms of sound, the game is right on the money, combining Doctor Who sound effects and music to compliment the action perfectly, it feels like a Doctor Who product should.

While the game may have a short life span, with only two series’ available at launch, series five will be added in January as a free update and the developers have stated their intention to work their way back through the entire 50 years of the show’s history. Although we worked through the game quite quickly, being somewhat experienced gamers, Legacy should give a good 25 hours of gameplay to the more casual or average gamer. The game does also offer the dreaded in-app purchases, yet these are limited to crystals that can be used in the game’s store to unlock new characters and so far we haven’t felt the need to make such a purchase, obtaining crystals within the game being a fairly regular occurrence. Making any kind of payment is certainly not needed to get full enjoyment out of the game unlike with some of it’s rivals.

Lee Cummings, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Tiny Rebel Games has stated:

“Combining easy to learn, hard to master mechanics with beloved characters and cunning villains, Doctor Who: Legacy will be a treat for fans, casual players and even the most hard-core gamers alike.”

It’s not hard to agree with Lee. After the so-so effort of The Mazes of TimeDoctor Who: The Legacy is a step in the right direction for Doctor Who mobile gaming and an encouraging new beginning for the BBC as they look to refocus their gaming efforts into iOS and Android. The game is fun and engaging, knowing both it’s subject matter and audience, the promise of a wealth of updates combats any criticism toward its length. Doctor Who: The Legacy is highly recommended and is free to download, so why not give it a go? We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

The Legacy is out now on iOS and Android, our review was based upon the iOS version for the iPad.


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Doctor Who: Legacy Launches Wednesday on iOS and Android

Doctor Who: Legacy, the free to play puzzle RPG will be released on Wednesday on both iOS and Android.

A co-production between BBC Worldwide, Tiny Rebel and Seed Studios, the game will launch with a wave of differing episodes and characters from the last two series’ of the show and be updated in January with more content from series 5. Subsequent releases will see the game continuing back to the original 1963 series. Whether these will take the form of in-app purchases is unknown. Lee Cummings, co-founder of Tiny Rebel has said:

“The 11th (or is it 12th?) Doctor’s regeneration is approaching fast, with decades of epic adventures to draw from, Doctor Who: Legacy is a loving homage created by loyal Whovians, and is rich in the show’s creative legacy and fun. Combining easy to learn, hard to master mechanics with beloved characters and cunning villains, Doctor Who: Legacy will be a treat for fans, casual players and even the most hard-core gamers alike.”

The game will also feature music from the series by Murray Gold and those lucky enough to have been early followers of the game on Twitter have received a special code to unlock something (we don’t know what!) when the game is launched.

Doctor Who: Legacy is released November 27 on iOS and Android

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Doctor Who: Legacy is Announced for iOS and Android

Doctor Who: Legacy has been announced for iOS and Android. 

Developed by Tiny Rebel Games (War of the Worlds for the XBLA) and Seed Studios (WWE WrestleFest for iOS), only a few details are known of the game at this time.

“Legacy” was one of the titles suggested for the puzzle game we mentioned in yesterday’s article on the cancelation of the Supermassive trilogy and it is entirely possible that this new announcement refers to that game. It’s expected the game will be released in time for the 50th anniversary celebrations throughout this month.

Tiny Rebel was founded in 2009 by former Rockstar designer and producer Lee Cummings who worked extensively on the Grand Theft Auto franchise while Seed Studios was founded in 2006 and has offices in Taiwan and Los Angles, producing games that blend western and eastern influences.