Doctor Who is the latest from the LEGO Ideas line of sets. The original submission was in Feb 2014 and included some variations and alternate possible Doctors. The final design chose to include two Doctors (but only one companion), and was pretty faithful to the original idea. It includes the detachable Tardis and interior control console.
This LEGO Ideas set comes in the usual black lined resealable box.
The box contains:
- 6 unnumbered bags of parts
- Bound instruction book
As with all the other LEGO Ideas sets, and a number of larger normal LEGO sets, the instructions are in a glue-bound booklet which holds well together. See the full parts inventory here.
The set comes with Doctors #11 (Matt Smith) and #12 (Peter Capaldi), companion Clara Oswald, and one of the creepiest enemies encountered in the reboot series - a Weeping Angel. Doctor #11 is new and unlikely to appear in any future sets. Honestly I'm not sure why he's even included in this set as everything else is designed around Doctor #12 - other than obviously trying to sell more LEGO sets!
For some reason all the minifigures, except Doctor #12, have double sided face prints. There is also only officially one sonic screwdriver in the set, although there is a spare one so poor #12 doesn't feel too left out. The head and hair from Doctor #12 is the same as that in the LEGO Dimensions set, with different torso/leg prints though. His face print is pretty neat, and highlights those great Angry Eyebrows.
Clara's face is actually a reused head from the 75103 First Order Transporter set from last year.
The Weeping Angel uses one of the relatively new 18986 Neck Bracket with 2 Back Studs to secure the wings. Her angry face is very well done.
There are no stickers in this set (yaay!) which means there are plenty of new printed parts. There are three new prints that are used inside the Tardis, including one very cool Gallifreyan looking panel. The round dish print is used for the Daleks' heads.
For the police box Tardis, we have some pretty unique prints which look Fantastic (I miss 9) when put together.
There are two main parts to the build - the inside view of the Tardis, and the outside view of the Tardis. It is very cleverly designed to make both views possible, given the clearly impossible task of fitting everything inside a small police box.
It starts with the inside, building up an elevated round platform that forms the base on the main control console. Nice use of the ladder as a staircase.
The tall central column is added, with room for plenty of computer screens and thingies at the bottom. These are connected via clips to a central ring and angled appropriately.
The railings are put up next.
Next up, we have a couple of Daleks to build.
The design of the Daleks is pretty neat. Not bad for the constraints of making them minifig scale. The heads even swivel on their single-stud connection.
Next up, is my favourite part of the whole set - the outside of the Tardis. It is based on Doctor #12's design (you can tell by the windows). It starts off with a 7x7 base which I thought was pretty weird, and makes the bottom weak on one corner.
The front door is added with some SNOT paneling. It now becomes evident that the 7x7 base works great as the main body of the box is 6x6 and the half-stud on each side helps made it look awesome.
The back half of the Tardis is hinged so the back two corners can open outwards, which is how it will eventually connect with the interior of the Tardis built above.
The white door print is placed inside of the Tardis which is brilliant. The show really does spend a lot of time opening and closing that door, so it's great that it gets this level of attention. The printed Police Box tiles are added to the roof, with the reasoning behind splitting them into two separate 1x3 plates becoming apparent now.
When the Tardis swings open, the plates block the movement. They are placed on hinges so that you can move them out of the way before opening up. The roof needs to be removed before that is possible, but it is only attached via a couple of center studs which work very well - not too loose and not too tight.
I think the final result looks Fantastic. My only minor gripe would be that some of the printed tiles seem to be a little off so the words don't line up perfectly as you can see on the front here.
And yes, the Doctor fits inside when you close the doors :)
Once you've finished playing with the Tardis, it can connect to the control console to give the final interior view.
I'm a big fan of the Doctor Who series (well the reboot anyway, never saw much classic). I thought the most recent season 9 was complete rubbish, but I love Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. I just wish they'd write him some decent stories (better yet, get a new head writer!).
Rant aside, this set is a great addition to the LEGO Ideas line. For me, the standalone Tardis police box is the highlight of the set. It will take up rare real estate on my desk :)
If you are not a fan of the series, like other highly themed LEGO Ideas sets, it's probably not that attractive. The rare minifigs might make a good investment though, if you're into that sort of thing. You can find it on sale at the links below.