“It’s about time!”
Our UK readers will say “It’s about time!” While our American audiences are puzzled. Since most members of the UK can probably recite all of the following in their sleep, even if they’ve never watched the show (how unthinkable!), we’ll address the introduction to those poor blighters in America.
Doctor Who is more than a TV show. It’s even more than a franchise. It’s the longest-running scifi series in history, starting out in 1963 with the first series running on BBC TV. The Doctor is a Time Lord, an extraterrestrial species which, natch, can travel throughout time and space. Upon death, they can simply regenerate into a new body, changing each time in various characteristics, and so each regeneration is a new chapter in the series with a new actor playing the Doctor. So far we’re on number fourteen.
Time And Relative Dimension In Space
The Doctor is never without his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space), a time-traveling police call box which follows a Douglas-Adams-style logic. With the TARDIS, several occasional companions, and a few handy gadgets, Doctor Who patrols all of space-time fighting a menagerie of evil galactic villains in the name of preserving peace in the universe.
That’s the bare bones of the series, and yet Doctor Who easily matches Star Wars, Star Trek, James Bond, Batman, and any franchise anywhere for depth of universe, adaptations, spin-offs, and long-running fandom. Its cultural influence is immeasurable, having broadcast over 850 episodes at present and spawned a franchise dubbed the “Whoniverse.” Doctor Who has appeared in novels, comic books, movies, radio dramas, and the franchise has its own magazine which, wouldn’t you know it, is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running TV tie-in magazine.
That all being said, the series over the years has matched other speculative fictional franchises in changing with the times and styles. It’s been silly and serious, it’s had highs and lows, it’s varied between being a cheesy farce and taking itself as serious drama, and it’s especially had fandom flame wars about which Doctor was the best. The series history has woven in a panoply of guest star appearances from British culture, and has gotten a shout-out in many other media. One recent reference which Americans may recognize is “Doctor Spacetime,” a franchise followed by Abed, a character in the American TV series Community.
Considering the staggering generations of Whovians (fandom) in the UK, it’s a mystery how obscure the show is in America. Doubtless the breadth of the Whoniverse is daunting; you find out about this cool show, go to check it out, and realize if you spent the rest of your life watching it, you’d be barely caught up. Just for context, the Queen is a fan, has watched the series since it started, and totes a DVD set or two along on holiday. How many series can say that?
Well, for those of you on board now, hang onto your fez and join us as we jump into the wibbly-wobbly ball of timey-wimey stuff to explore the who’s-who of Who memorabilia.
Dr. Who My Other Ride is a Tardis Public Call Box Custom License Plate Frame
Dr. Who My Other Ride is a Tardis Public Call Box Custom License Plate Frame (Plastic Frame, Qty 1)
- Custom Designed License Plate Frame by Black 11 Designs
How to really advertise your fandom to the world? Sure, T-shirts take you so far, but what really broadcasts your Doctor Who devotion is a license plate frame. No self-respecting Time Lord would drive without it, on either side of the road.
Doctor Who Keychain – Tardis Die Cast Key Ring
Doctor Who Keychain - Tardis Die Cast Key Ring
$9.99 in stock
- Doctor Who Keychain - Inspired by the Doctor's Beloved Time Machine, The TARDIS
- Makes A Great Gift For Any Dr. Who Fan or Whovian!
- Molded From Die Cast Metal Material
- Clip One To Your Keys, Backpack, or Bag
- Officially Licensed Doctor Who Collectible
Since the TARDIS can violate so many other common laws of physics, it makes perfect sense that it can be small enough to dangle from a keychain. The TARDIS design has become so inseparable from the franchise that the few existing real-world call boxes are seen as tributes to the show.
Wall Decal Sticker Time Machine Spaceship Tardis Doctor Who Living Children’s Bedroom
Underground Toys Doctor Who Dalek - Blue Desktop Patrol Figure with Motion Detectors and Sound Effects - 4" Tall
$19.99 in stock
- Keep your work place safe with this blue Dalek
- Ground sensors allow it to turn and avoid falling
- "Exterminate" every time it turns
Have you noticed that the clean, geometric design of the TARDIS makes it an ideal icon to translate into other media? This wall decal adds a touch of space-time-hopping whimsy to any room, made for a children’s bedroom but not out of place on the wall of the local pub.
Underground Toys Doctor Who Dalek – Blue Desktop Patrol Figure with Motion Detectors and Sound Effects – 4″ Tall
Ik2245 Wall Decal Sticker Time Machine Spaceship Tardis Doctor Who Living Children's Bedroom
- Easy to apply, just peel and stick, better than wallpaper! You will get the very clear instructions!
- Real size up to 22x35". Circle and square designs 22x22".
- You can let us know desired color after purchasing, or we ship it in showing on picture color.
- We can make any custom size for any our decal by request. Do not hesitate to contact us.
- Super fast SAME day shipping from USA with tracking number from trusted seller.
Oops, we forgot to explain about Daleks. Daleks are one of the longest-running menaces of the Whoniverse, being a race of cyborg aliens who resemble wheeled trashcans that somehow got combined with a disco ball. Despite their unassuming appearance, Daleks are bent on domination of the universe and extermination of all other life forms.
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary British Icon Dalek Sound and Lights
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary British Icon Dalek Sound and Lights
- This ultimate Doctor Who Dalek has been produced exclusively for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary year.
- Figure measures 12-inches tall.
- Features poseable arms, head and eye.
- Includes 10 Dalek phrases with lights and sound FX!
- Sure to make a great gift for any Doctor Who fan. Officially licensed.
For the 50th anniversary of the franchise, this Dalek model in union flag colors is a fitting expression of the series importance to UK culture. This one has poseable arms and head, and has lights and sound effects with ten different phrases. You will obey the Daleks!
Doctor Who – 12th Dr. Sonic Screwdriver with Touch Controls and Removable Power Core
Doctor Who - 12th Dr. Sonic Screwdriver with Touch Controls and Removable Power Core
$19.65 in stock
- Official Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver of the 12th Doctor - Peter Capaldi!
- Touch Controls and Spring Loaded extending action!
- Features Authentic Lights and Sounds and Removable Power Core!
- This collectible Dr. Who replica is perfect for dress up, cosplay and role playing!
- Great for Whovians of all ages! Batteries (LR44) Included, ready to go!
And finally, we didn’t mention the sonic screwdriver. This is a pocket tool the Doctor is never without (well, almost), which has a handy ability to gain whatever capability the plot demands at the time, but is never actually used to drive screws. Of course it might also short out just long enough for a cliffhanger, but you put up with these things when you’re a Time Lord.