Amazon and Paperchase Recent Purchases: Getting Ready For Christmas

Happy late Thanksgiving to any of you guys who celebrate it and happy Black Friday/Black Tag shopping even for people who don’t. I managed to get a couple of bargains with some clothes I wanted anyway and a big order for goodies from Holland and Barrett (I’ll have so much dried fruit and snacks over Christmas we could get snowed in and we’d be fine!) Have you guys braved the stores or found any bargains online? Or just avoided the whole thing altogether?

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I’m feeling rather Christmassy recently and I decided to do an order from Paperchase to get some decorations, I got a new tree last year that’s slightly bigger than the one I had for 12 years and finally gave up on me so I wanted some extra decorations. I also did a smallish order from Amazon, a couple of things I’ve wanted for ages and I might finally be getting organised for my Ciate advent calendar swatching this year, or nail varnishes in general, and getting some nail wheels that I’ve been meaning to get for nearly two years now.

There’s a few things in these orders that are sort of bought with the idea of using them for photographs for the blog so I’m hoping that I’ll finally have a definite backing and some decorations. It’s taken me two years, long enough right?

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Review: Funko Pop! Tenth Doctor Doctor Who Vinyl Figure 

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When I saw that Funko was doing a Doctor Who collection I wanted all of them, maybe I’ll get the rest later but as 10 is my favourite of the ones on the first wave he seemed like a good place to start. The prices for the Tenth Doctor figure seem to range from £8.99 to around £12 depending on where you find them but they seem to be available in most places I’ve found that sell Funkos as it’s still a recent range.

This figure is the Tenth Doctor figure based on the character played by David Tennant and is part of the Funk Pop Television range. I like the range available in this collection but I think it would have been nice to have the Ninth Doctor rather than the Fourth Doctor in there simply to have all the reboot ones in the first wave, though I do understand that Four played by Tom Baker is probably the most well known of the original series.

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Review: My Geek Box – Doctor Who Collector’s Box

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Fairly recently My Geek Box announced they were doing a Doctor Who special version of My Geek Box, their monthly subscription box, for £35.99 with over £100 worth of Doctor Who specific merchandise inside. I don’t often go for these monthly subscriptions, especially these geeky based ones, as they have such a huge range of franchises in them that I’m normally only interested in about half of the stuff in there so it’s a bit of a waste. This one is all Doctor Who and it says limited to 1000 so I got one. They are still available as I type this, here, on their website but as they have a limited number I don’t know how much longer they will be there.

With is saying £100 worth of products I had no idea what they would be and I don’t even know if they’re all the same, I haven’t seen any reviews of this specific box when I look on Google, but I am pretty happy with what I got. Everything apart from one thing will definitely be used and I like that it’s got some more grown up merchandise rather than just toys, which is what I expected given the price they claim it’s worth as that would be a lot of toys. Continue reading

Book Review: Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker

doctorwhoanddaleks1Title: Doctor Who and the Daleks

Author: David Whitaker

Year written: 1964

Publisher and year: BBC Books, 2011

ISBN Number: 978-1-849-90195-6

This is the first Doctor Who book and, although it’s renamed, is a reprint of the book Dr Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks. I’m not sure when it got renamed but I also have a copy of the 1965 version published by Armada Paperback. This book is one that I grew up loving but I haven’t read it in over ten years so I wanted to see if it would live up to how I remembered it. It was also probably the main thing that got me in Doctor Who originally as I grew up in the 90s and I don’t remember many reruns being on TV, though I did see the 8th Doctor movie.

The story this book is based on is the classic Doctor Who story Arc aired between 21 December 1963 and 1 February 1964, which is apparently the second story ever but I’m not sure I know that the first was as this introduces the Doctor and the original companions of Susan, Ian and Barbara. This copy includes a foreword, a section called The Changing Face of Doctor Who and some background on the author and notes on the original story and any changes made or things worth mentioning at the back of the book. I do like these little extras as they’re very short and help people who aren’t familiar with the characters or where this story fits within the timeline of the show to know who is involved and where the companions came from to understand their reactions to events. I am also including a bit of a comparison, or the differences, between this copy and the original that I have.

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Recent Purchases: Fortune Cookie Soap Man With a Box Collection

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A while ago Fortune Cookie Soap did a Doctor Who themed collection, though it sold out so fast I didn’t get to buy any of it. They then did a sort of pre-order one where you ordered what you wanted and they made it. There were quite a few products in this collection and I did have more in my basket originally but the postage was so high it was getting to be £40 for postage alone, I ended up getting it down to four products from the range and one from the permanent line.

Other than the permanent product, the tea tree solid shampoo, the rest of these aren’t available at the moment but as there is an off chance they may bring it back at some point, they seem to do this with the most popular products appearing for a limited time a while after they were first released, I thought I’d do a mini review sort of thing for each one. I also find that most of their product types are fairly consistent so if you’re curious about their shower jellies then the way this one behaves is likely to be similar to others in the same product type. Unfortunately I have found it difficult to find anything with an actual scent description for these so I’m just going by what I smell, I’m not sure how accurate it will be to what it’s supposed to smell of but I’ll give it my best shot.

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Book Review: Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion by Terrance Dicks

autonsqTitle: Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion

Author: Terrance Dicks

Year written: 1974

Publisher and year: BBC Books, 2011

ISBN Number: 978-1-849-90193-2

This is another in the series of books BBC Books reprinted and released in 2011 from an old series written in the 1970s. These are all based on scripts for episodes that were aired, or rather groups of episodes that created a story arc. This book is written about the Third Doctor and is his first adventure after regenerating so you get to see the character getting used to his new body which hasn’t happened in any of the previous books I have read in the series. The episodes ran between 3 January and 24 January 1970 and includes as the ‘companions’ in this story Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Liz Shaw though neither are existing companions, one just met him and the other has met but never travelled with him. It’s the only one so far that has everything existing in video form and it’s one that I have actually seen recently, it was shown in the UK last year on the Drama channel, so I know myself whether it has had major changes rather than just relying on what the book says changed.

As with others in the series this book includes two extra bits at the beginning and another two at the end of the book. At the front is an introduction written by Russell T Davis which is nice to see as he’s the first of these introduction or foreword writers that I actually recognise. There’s also a short piece on the Third Doctor, UNIT and Dr Elizabeth Shaw to explain the previous interactions and who they are without having to go into a lot of detail in the story. At the end there’s a short piece about the authors and a Between the Lines segment that explains anything that may be outdated to a modern audience or any differences between the original script and the book version.

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Book Review: Doctor Who and the Cybermen by Gerry Davis

drwhocybermen1Title: Doctor Who and the Cybermen

Author: Gerry Davis

Year written: 1974

Publisher and year: BBC Books, 2011

ISBN Number: 978-1-849-90191-8

This is another book in the series that the BBC rereleased in 2011 from the original Target Books run first released in 1974. Like the others this has the additional parts of the Changes Face of the Doctor that explains the incarnation of the Doctor and a bit about each of his companions, a foreword by someone related to Doctor who written in 2011 and, at the end of the book, some information on the authors and a section that explains any differences between this and the original script shown on TV and anything that might need explaining to a modern audience.

This book is about the Second Doctor, played by Patrick Troughton and his companions Polly, Ben and Jami. As with the previous books I reviewed in this series this one was based on a serial from the TV series called The Moonbase, this time being four episodes long, it showed from 11 February – 4 March 1967. Here’s a link to the Wikipedia page about it, don’t read it if you don’t want any spoilers for the book though! Two of the four episodes still exist on film, 1 and 3, but 2 and 4 have only got the audio recording available. This story is the second time that the Doctor has encountered the Cybermen on the TV show and the image on the front of the book isn’t the same as the ones that would have been on the screen at the time, these are later versions.

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Book Review: Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen by Terrance Dicks

frontcoverTitle: Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen

Author: Terrance Dicks

Year written: 1974

Publisher and year: BBC Books, 2011

ISBN Number: 978-1-849-90192-5

I ended up reading another Doctor Who book, I think I’m going to go through the whole set that I bought as I’m already half way through it. I bought these books on eBay and I think it was around £8 for the six of them. They’re all based on stories with the first three Doctors, this book is from a story shown in the TV with the Second Doctor played by Patrick Troughton and his companions Vitoria and Jamie. This edition is a reprint of the 1974 released in 2011 with a foreword from Stephen Baxter and a small explanation on who the Doctor and his companions are at the beginning and at the end there are short parts about the author and some additional notes about the book such as changes or things that are worth noticing.

Even though this is one of the books based on a story shown on TV the originals don’t exist any more as the BBC destroyed them. It was a six part story arc and the only part remaining is the second episode which is available on the Lost in Tome DVDs, there are also CDs with the story on but I’m not sure how much of the original is in there. I think the storyline is pretty true to the original though, having read a synopsis, there are a few changes.

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Review: Doctor Who Lego Ideas Set (No 21304)

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Adding this after posting: I just realised the spare clear one by one stud I found on the floor after finishing the set when I’d put the spares away is still attached to the top of the console, that isn’t meant to be there.

I have a few Lego sets, I just find them so relaxing and fun to build and take apart, but I think this is the only one I have that’s actually a current one and I wanted to do a post on it. I guess it’s kind of a review but it may not be as in depth as other Lego reviewers as I’m mainly going on how fun it was to build and the final look of it rather than a more specification based one as I do not have a huge amount of Lego or follow the news from it. I have included some measurements at the bottom of the review though.

This is a Lego set that I was hoping would be made at some point, it’s the TARDIS along with three of the main characters; Eleventh Doctor, Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald along with a Weeping Angel and two Daleks which had to be built from standard Lego pieces and I really like. The TARDIS front itself is detachable so it can be kept as a smaller display if you want, how I’m planning on doing it, but it also attaches to the rest of the set that makes up the inside of the TARDIS. The internal part is based on the Twelfth Doctor’s TARDIS and is all greys.

The set number is 21304, has a total of 623 pieces and costs £49.99 in the UK. It was released in December 2015 and is still available on the Lego store here but I have seen it in other places too. I know my parents bought it on the Tesco website though it shows as out of stock at the moment and it’s probably in a lot of physical stores too.

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Book Review: Doctor Who and the Crusaders by David Whitaker

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Author: David Whitaker

Year written: 1966

Publisher and year: BBC Books, 2011

ISBN Number: 978-1-849-90190-1

I haven’t been reading that much over the past month or so besides the Christmas Carol book which seemed a bit seasonal to review now, maybe I should anyway, would people want me to now it’s past Christmas? I’ve finally started on my pile of books I have bought and not read, the first lot being a set of Doctor Who ones based on the first three doctors that I got from eBay. This book is about the First Doctor as portrayed by William Hartnell and was published originally in 1966.

This book is based on a three episode story arc written by David Whitaker that was shown in 1965 though apparently there are a few alterations like giving lines to other characters, skipping some scenes and making alterations to others so it works better as a book rather than with a TV series. This copy of Doctor Who and the Crusaders is a reissue done in 2011 though it is true to the original with an additional foreword and a Between the Lines section at the back that explains some bits including some errors between this book and the original TV series, the best of which is probably saying that Susan left the Tardis to marry David Cameron rather than David Campbell.

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