20 Doctor Who Characters Who Desperately Need Their Own Action Figures

By Chris Cummins in Daily Lists, TV, Toys
Monday, December 6, 2010 at 8:03 am
7) The Brigadier

As much as I loathe using it, the word "bromance" springs to mind when I think about the relationship between the Doctor and Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. The UNIT commander was a regular fixture during the series' original run, earning the Doctor's respect and friendship along the way. Although he was occasionally namedropped by Tennant's Doc and featured in an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, the Brigadier hasn't appeared on the current incarnation of Who. Were he to meet up with the Eleventh Doctor, it would provide another link back to the show's past. And you know who loves reveling in the series' history? Why Steven Moffat does! Hmm...

6) The Curse of Fatal Death Doctors

The Comic Relief charity special Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death gave Steven Moffat -- in his first Doctor Who writing gig-- the chance to slaughter the series' sacred cows. During the 20-minute segment, Moffat risks the ire of fans by burning through four of the Doctor's regenerations and changing the Time Lord's sex in an adventure that is funny and also true to the ethos of the series. Amazingly enough, he also found time to breathe new life into stagnant Dalek jokes. The success of the special proved that there was still a demand for new Who. It may have taken nearly six years for the show to come back full-time, but the seeds for its revival were planted right here. Since The Curse of Fatal Death began as a charity project, it would be fitting to release a box set featuring figures of all of the special's Doctors (Rowan Atkinson, Richard E. Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, and Joanna Lumley) as well as all Sawalha's companion Emma and Jonathan Pryce's take on The Master. The proceeds could go to Comic Relief, which would please nerds and do some good at the same time.

5) The Yeti

After seeing the new Fisher Price Bigfoot toy recently, it struck me just how much the world needs more playthings based on the legends of cryptozoology. If the reports that the Yeti are returning to Doctor Who in the upcoming Christmas episode are true, I may very well get my wish.

4) Scaroth

Fact: There is nothing classier than an alien wearing an ascot.

3) Adric

When Topless Robot gets around to making the inevitable "10 Most Shocking Moments from Doctor Who" Daily List, it's a safe bet that Adric's death will rank somewhere near the top. One of the youngest companions ever to step foot in the Tardis, Adric was a genius whose unparalleled knowledge was his greatest asset to the Doctor (basically he was a slightly less annoying Wesley Crusher). In a nice bit of continuity, Adric's name was the Fifth Doctor's final word uttered before his regeneration -- showing how much of an impact the character's death truly had. His demise attempted to prove that the series wasn't afraid to kill off characters in the name of creating drama, the type of ballsy risk I wish Doctor Who would take more often. For those of you who loathed Adric and want to deny him his own figure, think of the poetic justice that could come from feeding it to a Jurassic Park T-Rex toy.

2) Vervoids

If H.R. Giger's Alien designs weren't phallic enough for you, meet these plantlike humanoids from "Terror of the Vervoids." They only appeared on Doctor Who once, which could be due to their inherent lameless but is more likely because the BBC realized that cock monsters were running around on their flagship kids show.

1) Romana II
A puckish Time Lady, the second incarnation of Romana was truly the Doctor's equal. Smart, strong, sexy and always a step ahead, she eyefucked the Fourth Doctor across the far reaches of space and back again. As has been well documented, Lalla Ward and Tom Baker were an item at the time of their Who run, and the chemistry between the pair has yet to be matched (although Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are a close second). Romana II also topped TR's list of the Hottest Doctor Who Companions, illustrating how much of an impact the character continues to have upon viewers. All that, and she can pitch the shit out of a Prime Computer too. Plus, your Tom Baker figure is totally going to need someone to bang.

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