It’s finally here: Doctor Who’s very own, official Lego set.
Pitched last year by fan-designer Andrew Clark, it was made through Lego’s Ideas website, where fans can submit suggestions for future designs. Clark’s original idea hasn’t changed too much, with the set managing to double as both the exterior of the Tardis and its interior console room. The only big difference is that, instead of being led by the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, it is now based on The Time of the Doctor, the 2013 Christmas special that saw Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor regenerate into Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth.
As you can see below, we had a go at building it ourselves. But is the set really worth its price tag? And how easy is it to put together? Let us break it down – block by block.
On the face of the box is the helpful tip that this Lego set is suitable for 10 year-olds and older. But don’t be fooled. Unless your 10 year-old is literally Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory, they will find this build surprisingly difficult. And even if you don’t have a little genius of your own, you may struggle too.
The main issue is how fiddly both of the main sets are – the Tardis interior, and the Tardis exterior. It’s like building a clock, where a myriad of different, tiny pieces – none of which you can ever find when you need them – have to work in harmony with each other in order for the whole thing to work. This especially goes for the Tardis console room, which is surprisingly intricate – especially when you get down to assembling all the little control panels and railings, which need to be built separately and then attached to the main model itself. Saying that, the central column is stupidly satisfying to put together, and even better when you slot it into the finished interior.
Things said during the build
“How is this for children?”
“Why does Clara look like Karen Brady?”
“Where’s the thingy? You know, the thingy?”
“How many hinges does this Tardis need? It’s like the Doctor went mad in B&Q.”
“The Time of the Doctor was rubbish, wasn’t it?”
“WHERE’S THE THINGY?!”
“We’re going to have to cannibalise this Dalek.”
“I’m 28 years-old.”
“Oh, there it is.”
“So, wait, you can’t even see this bit? Then why did I just spend half an hour building it?”
“I can’t feel my fingers anymore.”
[Jonathan drops a bag full of tiny pieces, they ricochet everywhere.]
“You die tonight.”
The good thing, though, is that when you’ve finally finished the thing, it looks marvellous. This is a beautiful set, one that is intricate for a reason.
In particular, the option to have the Tardis either on its own opened up as to function as the interior’s door (below) is a nice touch.
And although you may struggle with which option to choose, a Lego Tardis looks exactly as cool as it sounds.
The Doctor Who mini-figures – ranked!
6. The Daleks
Given their iconic pepper-pot design, it was always going to be tricky to nail the Daleks in Lego. The end result is pretty cool, though – even if the broad, block-y strokes of the medium do end up making it look like a pixel.
5. Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald
It’s Clara! Or is it Karen Brady from the Apprentice? It’s so hard to tell with Lego figures. Nonetheless, we’re big fans of her majestic, sweeping hair.
4. Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor
The likeness is uncanny – even down to Peter Capaldi’s eyebrows. The only downside, of course, is that he’s wearing the Eleventh Doctor’s The Time of the Doctor costume rather than his own. This, presumably, is because Lego want you to fork out for their video game Lego Dimensions, which includes the Twelfth Doctor in his, ‘no frills, 100% rebel Time Lord’ outfit.
3. Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor
2. Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor – with fez!
1. Weeping Angel
The coolest figure in the set, by far, is the Weeping Angel. Not only does it come with detachable wings and some nifty paint-work, but its facial expression can be switched between a serene sense of ‘I’m going to kill you’ to an angry sense of ‘You are most certainly dead.” Play safe, and remember – don’t blink.
So, is it worth buying?
Absolutely. It’s a long, difficult build – even for adults – but nothing to do with Doctor Who is ever that simple, is it? Much like the show, though, it’s a labour of love – a finished product that reveals itself to be clever, fun and immensely rewarding. It’s an essential gift for any Doctor Who fan – whether they intend to display the set, or use it to travel through time and space.