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HAIL to the CHIEF

Produced as limited editions with tailored outfits and accessories, the Doctor Who figures sculpted by BIG Chief occupy a unique place at the luxury end of the market.
A digital render prepared for BIG Chief’s version of Handles, the passive Cyberman from The Time of the Doctor (2013).
Gregg Andrews, Mark Andrews and Tony Leetham show Benedict Cumberbatch the figure based on his Sherlock character.

The first toy figure of a Doctor materialised on toy shelves in 1977. Denys Fisher’s Fourth Doctor doll is still much loved, but it’s fair to say that it isn’t exactly the spitting image of Tom Baker. In fact, for many years a rumour circulated that the head wasn’t actually Baker’s at all but that of Gareth Hunt (Mike Gambit from The New Avengers), repurposed to replace a damaged prototype. Imperfect likeness aside, the Denys Fisher Doctor, with his fabric outfit, scarf and beaming features, was still recognisably the Doctor – and for quite a long time it remained the best Doctor Who figure of its type.

Forty years and many Doctor Who action figures later, things are very different. Technology and production techniques have advanced massively, allowing for far more detailed likenesses. None of them is more painstakingly detailed than the range of deluxe 1:6 scale Doctor Who figures made by BIG Chief Studios.

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In 1964 Dalekmania led to the birth of Doctor Who licensing, and it’s been with us ever since. The return of the series in 2005 prompted an even bigger range of merchandise, which this time invaded supermarkets as well as toy shops. In 2017 the popularity, and ingenuity, of these products continues unabated. This is the surprising story of Doctor Who toys and games – told by the people who make, sell and collect them.
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