TINY DR WHO LANDS IN LENTON
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