In an announcement on their website, WarLord Games revealed that they had been granted the licence to produce a miniatures game based on BBC’s Doctor Who.
WarLord Games began in 2007 and since then have designed, manufactured and distributed finely detailed historical miniatures covering everything from the Ancients right through World War Two and beyond. Their range has been constantly expanding and evolving since their humble beginnings when they started to make the range of 28mm miniatures and accompanying rule systems. Whilst they are mainly known for their historical minifigures and game types, they also work in other fictional universes, recently moving into sci-fi with Beyond the Gates of Antares.
John Stallard, Managing Director of WarLord Games, has described the feel of WarLord as different to other miniatures companies: ‘the way that I envisioned it was to be the meeting point where Airfix excitement met Games Workshop excitement – a blend of the historical and the fantasy.’
This statement accompanied by the back catalogue of WarLord Games works fits perfectly with Doctor Who. Indeed, in their official announcement, they state their excitement as lifelong Doctor Who fans to be working on such a project with official BBC backing.
‘The licence covers not just the latest series of Doctor Who but encompasses all of the Doctors, their companions and their foes. So, expect to see Sea Devils as much as Weeping Angels, Leela as much as Martha Jones, and a long, brightly coloured scarf as much as a fez (fezzes are cool, by the way…).’
The company will produce a starter game as well as a hardback book detailing instructions for how to defeat Doctor Who‘s foes.There will be a new game system devised to fit into the Doctor Who universe and to allow the existing characters to work to the best effect. John Stallard, managing director or Warlord Games, said that he expects Cybermen and Daleks to be the most popular figurines. “You can’t beat a Dalek,” he added.
Work started recently on the figurines and Mr Stallard said that he hopes the first games should be ready in a few months. They have reportedly started sculpting the first models, commencing with ‘the bad guys’ and once these have been approved by the BBC they can start on the figures of all 12 Doctors confirmed for the set.
There has already been much speculation about the storyline which will surround the tabletop version of Doctor Who. Will there be a Time War element? With the license spanning both the entire Classic series and the new series since 2005, will UNIT make an appearance? Will some of the other war based races like the Sontarans feature heavily?
There are certainly a lot of opportunities to be explored in this new version. It’s only a matter of how well table top gaming and Doctor Who can merge. What could this bring to the Doctor Who universe? Will you be looking forward to the figurines? What would you like to see from a tabletop version of Doctor Who?