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Do you remember how you felt when you heard that the iconic BBC TV Sci-Fi series Doctor Who was going to be rebooted in 2005?
Personally, I have to admit I was sceptical. You see, I loved Doctor Who as a kid; it was a family bonding moment, sitting down in front of the TV on a Saturday night with my parents and my sister, watching as each week the Doctor fought off aliens, monsters and robots.
They announced that the Doctor would be played by Christopher Eccleston, a serious actor with a seriously northern accent. His companion was to be Billie Piper, ex teen pop princess. I scoffed, but well, I thought I’d give it a chance, you know, I’d just watch one episode.
Well, I certainly had to eat my words. It was stunning - a total re-imagination of the series, respectful of the original but bang up to date. I loved it. So did my then 5 year old son, and so watching Doctor Who became a hotly anticipated weekly event. Christmas and birthdays were guaranteed to include Doctor Who action figures, Doctor Who toys, Doctor Who games, books and clothing.
When my younger son was old enough to enjoy the programme he joined the ranks of Doctor Who fans as well.
Fast forward now to 2020. To be honest, while I loved David Tennant, I had not really liked the last two Doctors so much, and the stories were beginning to get a bit stale for me. But, I decided that I would give the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, a chance, just like I had the others. For me it has been as if The Doctor has returned once more. I love Jodie Whittaker’s practical Northern Doctor, her resourceful companions and once more the stories are exciting.
I feel like a kid again, and since the kids are almost still young enough for Doctor Who toys, games and books, here is what I will telling Santa to bring the kids (and possibly me as well….)
For starters I definitly need this Thirteenth Doctor Action Figure to sit on my desk to remind me that women can do anything, including be Doctor Who. My kid's 10th Doctor action figure was played with to destruction.
I love that she found her outfit in a Sheffield charity shop, an eclectic mix that harks back to the glory days of Tom Baker, Colin Baker and Peter Davidson.
A new Doctor always finds away to make the sonic scredriver their own, and true to form the Thirteenth Doctor's is made from Sheffield Steel. This Thirteenth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Toy is a must have for any Doctor Who fan - several different incarnations of the legendary Sonic Screwdriver have lived in our toybox.
The Doctor Who Annual was always on the list to Santa and he never failed us. The Doctor Who: Official Annual 2021 has stories about the 13th Doctor as well as quizzes, puzzles and games.
Fans of more stylized figures that are insanely popular at the moment will love this 13th Doctor Titans Vinyl Figure. It's a 6.5" high model of The Doctor, and completists will want to collect the whole set, starting with William Hartnell and including the War Doctor too.
Along with Doctor Who, my kids also loved the Mr. Men. Adam Hargreaves, son of Roger Hargreaves who created the Mr. Men and Little Misses has put together a crazy Mr. Men/Dr Who mash-up, with a book featuring every single incarnation of the Doctor, including Jodie Whittaker's thirteenth Doctor.
Doctor Who: Dr. Thirteenth is the book which also includes comapanions Yaz, Graham and Ryan.
Don't you just hate it when you get caught out with wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey? I reckon you would always be able to avoid it and stay one step ahead with this Doctor Who Tardis Digital Projection Alarm Clock. Naturally you will hear a Tardis sound and a blue glow when the alarm sounds.
As yet, we have not seen the Thirteenth Doctor drinking tea, but many of her predecessors have famously enjoyed a nice cuppa. If you want to join the doctor in a good strong cup of tea, what better way to drink it than from this Doctor Who Universe Calling Mug.
This offcial product has a picture of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and comes in a suitably Whovian box as well.
I never went as far as to create a Doctor Who themed bedroom but a Doctor Who duvet went down very well. This Doctor Who TARDIS Single Duvet Cover is really cool and comes in a double version, perfect for if the parents are as bigger Doctor Who fans as the kids!
Ever thought that the TARDIS should be pink? Or psychedelic? Maybe the fourth Doctor should tone it down in an outfit of subtle grey and beige?
Here's your chance - you can colour all your favourite Doctor Who characters and scenes just how you like in this Doctor Who Colouring Book. This book has been out for a couple of years now so it doesn't have the newest Doctor in it, but I'm a colouring addict so i don't care!
The Doctor's cutest ever adversary is available as this quite adorable cuddly Plush Adipose Toy. Just the thing to curl up with when saving the universe (again) starts to get to you.
Protect yourself from asteroid showers, dalek rays and cybermen with this Official BBC Doctor Who Stick Umbrella. OK, we can't actually promise all that, but it will keep the rain off you.
More Doctor Who Fun!: Doctor Who Free Colouring Pages and Printables
Last updated: 27th October 2020
About eParenting: eParenting was started by Jacqui O'Brien in 2004. At the time her kids were 1 and 4 and kept her nice and busy. Now they are teenagers and still keeping her pretty busy!