January 30 2013
Over the past 50 years, the protagonist of the world’s longest-running science-fiction TV programme has regenerated 10 times. Yet the prize question is no less irresistible: Doctor Who? To celebrate the BBC show’s golden jubilee in 2013, London’s Harlequin Goldsmiths is releasing a covetable collection of limited-edition memorabilia throughout the year, including statuettes of the Doctor’s foes and his often-erratic time machine-cum-police box.
Cast in solid 9ct gold, 50 replicas of both the Tardis and the Doctor’s oldest nemeses, the Daleks (first picture), will be available in two sizes, standing up to 12.5cm tall (£4,250-£8,500). A further 250 of each will be released in sterling silver (£750-£1,200; Tardis in second picture), while 3cm plated miniatures can be snapped up for £250. Each piece is created and finished by hand in England, then stamped with a limited-edition number and approved Tardis-shaped London Assay Office hallmark (third picture) to guarantee authenticity. The hallmark will be discontinued and presented to the BBC archives at the end of the year.
The Tardis miniatures are on sale now and the Daleks – who were first seen exterminating in series one – are currently available to pre-order, with the option of selecting a specific edition number. Scaled-down models of the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver will be available in April (from £250), while May will see the gold-fearing Cybermen come to life in silver (from £250). The final release will commemorate the first episode’s original November air date: a chess set (from £9,594) with special pieces that will remain as secret as the Doctor’s real name until October.
The golden age of the last Time Lord is far from over.