Nottingham Post - - FRONT PAGE - By MATTHEW BUNN matthew.bunn@reach­plc.com @Not­ting­ham_­post

MORE than eight mil­lion peo­ple tuned in as Jodie Whit­taker de­buted the lat­est in­car­na­tion of Doc­tor Who.

And fol­low­ing rave re­views for the first fe­male to play The Doc­tor, bosses at Lenton-based War­lord Games are now an­tic­i­pat­ing bumper sales, as they fi­nally re­veal their of­fi­cial replica model of the Time Lord.

The com­pany, based at the Lenton Busi­ness Cen­tre, has the BBC li­cense to cre­ate Doc­tor Who minia­tures, which form part of the com­pany’s flag­ship table­top wargame, Doc­tor Who: Ex­ter­mi­nate!

The fig­ure of Whit­taker, mea­sur­ing 38mm high or around 1.5ins, has been in the mak­ing over the last few months to make sure it was ready for mar­ket ahead of the Broad­church star’s ap­pear­ance in the leg­endary sci­ence fic­tion show. It is set to be of­fi­cially re­leased early next month.

Paul Sawyer, co-founder and head of de­sign at War­lord, said: “We are very pleased with it.

“We go through a rig­or­ous de­sign process and it has to look ab­so­lutely spot on be­fore we even to show it to the BBC and the ac­tor or ac­tress con­cerned.

“We are very happy with the end re­sult. Peo­ple will see straight away it is Jodie Whit­taker.

“When the show is on the TV, in­ter­est and sales as a re­sult of that are higher than usual and when it is off screen it is a lit­tle bit less pop­u­lar, but we are ex­pect­ing this to go well.”

Ex­ter­mi­nate! is a table­top game which uses de­tailed metal minia­tures as char­ac­ters.

The fig­ures, which tend to be 38mm, cover all eras of the series, which first aired in 1963.

The com­pany has been mak­ing the game for sev­eral years and re­cently had its li­cence re­newed with the BBC for a fur­ther three years.

Doc­tor Who fan Mr Sawyer said he and many staff mem­bers were ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing the start of the new Doc­tor Who series, which pre­miered on Sun­day.

He was in agree­ment with many pun­dits and “Who­vians” over the im­pres­sive de­but from Whit­taker.

He added: “I thought it was very good. I don’t per­son­ally care who plays the part as long as they are a good Doc­tor.

“I think Jodie Whit­taker has stepped up to the plate. It is still early days but per­son­ally I en­joyed it.”


Paul Sawyer of War­lord Games with the new Doc­tor Who fig­ure and be­low left, be­fore and af­ter paint­ing


The new Doc­tor Who, Jodie Whit­taker

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