It’s the first Saturday in quite some time without a new episode of Doctor Who.
Crikey. That’s sad, isn’t it? At least we’re close to The Husbands of River Song. But this does mean we’ve not got a wealth of advanced reviews to scour through. Oh, what will we do?!
Fortunately, LEGO has come to our rescue… in the shape of the TARDIS.
The first Doctor Who LEGO set is out now, the TV series having first featured for the brick-based company in LEGO Dimensions. And what better way to start than with two of the most popular Doctors, an Impossible companion, two iconic enemies, and the vehicle that transports the Doctor – and us! – through time and space every week?
It has to be said that this is a big step for Whovians. How many of us have dreamt of a LEGO TARDIS? Now, those fantasies can finally materialise into reality.
Perhaps that sentiment has got to all the reviewers, who seem pretty overwhelmed by the set. Or maybe it really is just that good.
First, let’s scan through Blocks magazine, issue 14 of which is out now (priced £4.99), with a TARDIS adorning the cover. There’s plenty of interesting behind-the-scenes bits and bobs inside, as well as an extensive review. Chris Wharfe says:
“[E]very component of the set is crafted with attention to detail, and the overall package really manages to capture the most iconic parts of the franchise in one fell swoop. The bad news, if you can call it that, is that the set’s parts count is absolutely ramped up with tiny elements, so the final product might not feel like the greatest bang for your buck in terms of sheer size.”
The set, I guess, is smaller on the inside, but Wharfe does conclude that “it’s not just ultimate fan service, but also offers up the bounty of interesting parts at a decent price… We couldn’t have asked for much more.”
In addition to this, he seems particularly impressed with the minifigures – “for the most part, they’re perfect” – and its collectability, giving it 88/100.
Huw at BrickSet also likes the minifigures, adding that the Weeping Angel “looks great, and it is her that uses the transparent neck bracket, for attaching the wings. Here she looks quite serene… but turn her head around to expose what is possibly the scariest minifigure head I have seen!”
He’s uploaded a beautiful gallery of images of the set, during various phases of construction, and ponders why the Twelfth Doctor’s jacket is different to on-screen.
The reason being, that this set is based on The Time of the Doctor, Matt Smith’s regeneration into Peter Capaldi, so the latter is wearing his purple suit donned throughout Series 7b.
Still, Huw says:
“Quite simply, it is fantastic. Every aspect of it… It successfully captures the ‘bigger on the inside’ concept of the time machine and both interior and exterior models are superb… It’s everything you could want from the first, of what will hopefully be many, Doctor Who sets.”
We’ll head over to DrWho-Online next for their 10/10 review, which notes:
“We clocked the build time at around 2 Hours approx, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable 2 hours at that! Building the TARDIS console room from the ground up was immensely satisfying as you see the familiar set take form. The time rotor was a particular favourite section to put together, and clicking it into place will appease the bubble-wrap fans amongst you. With two main build sections – THE TARDIS exterior and the TARDIS interior – you will similarly like the way one simply connects to the other, giving the impression that The Doctor has just walked into the TARDIS from the outside.”
Additionally, they further say that “you can actually swivel the Dalek’s head 360°,” while the set also includes an “impressive 127-page build manual. It’s full of easy-to-follow instructions, as one would expect from LEGO, but, ever so coolly, there are neat little Doctor Who facts randomly printed along the way.”
Another Very Impressed party is BlogtorWho, also awarding the LEGO set a hearty 10/10. He starts off with a good dose of nerdy detail (which is what we’re all here for):
“Of course, if you want to see Matt in his purple suit all you have to do is swap heads, and vice verse for Twelve in Eleven’s costume. AND for niche accuracy, just take Smith’s hair off and you’ve got bald Eleventh Doctor!”
But the thing that Cameron enjoyed most was building the TARDIS itself, that “Watching this wonderful sight come together over a few hours was an immeasurable pleasure.”
This is such an obvious hit, you do wonder why it hasn’t happened before. Cameron perfectly sums up why Doctor Who and LEGO is such a great mix:
“Both exuding boundless fun and limitless imagination, just a pity it’s taken this long to happen. But we’re so glad they did. I sincerely hope that this proves successful enough for the Danish toy company to investigate the show’s history thoroughly with countless possibilities of sets and mini figs for future releases.”
So there we have it: all of time and space, made from LEGO blocks. An ideal Christmas gift? It certainly sounds so!