RAGGEDY DOCTOR, PRISONER ZERO, & RORY WILLIAMS
DOCTOR WHO (CHARACTER OPTIONS)
Okay, let’s take a small break from all the Marvel stuff for a little bit (but fear not, dear readers, it’ll be back soon enough), and flip over to a slightly less frequent subject of review here, Doctor Who! I know some people might not agree with me, but my favorite era of the show is the first season of Smith’s run on the show. The figures I’m looking at today hail from that particular period of the show. Let’s see how they look!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These three make up the Series Five three-pack from Character Options’ Doctor Who line, which was released around the time of the show’s anniversary. All three figures are re-released from earlier in the line, with Rory and Prisoner Zero being single releases and Raggedy Doctor being in a two pack with a basic Eleven.
This marks the fourth figure of the Eleventh Doctor I’ve looked at on this site, which pulls him into the lead, just past Ten, who’s sitting pretty at three figures. This particular figure is based on Eleven’s appearance in his debut episode “The Eleventh Hour,” prior to his selecting a new outfit for himself. As such, he’s still sporting the tattered remains of Ten’s clothes from “The End Of Time.” The figure stands about 5 1/4 inches tall and has 16 points of articulation. This version of Eleven was a mix of old and new parts. The head is, of course, just the same standard head used on the basic Eleven from the Eleven Doctors set (among others). It’s not a perfect Smith likeness, but it’s got a passing resemblance. The legs are just the basic Ten legs, which makes sense, since it’s the same outfit and all. The upper body is new; it does a pretty good job of capturing the Doctor’s raggedness, which is kind of the main point of the figure. That being said, for some odd reason, the torso section of the shirt is an overlay, on top of a more basic torso piece. It looks okay overall, but there are some pretty obvious joint lines, especially at the neck. On the plus side, at least the details are still pretty sharp. In terms of paint, Eleven is pretty much on par with most of my other Doctor Who stuff. The work is generally pretty clean, and the colors are sharp, but there’s not a whole lot in the way of accenting. Still, it’s pretty consistent with the other stuff from the line, which is good. Even though his hand is clearly sculpted to hold a sonic screwdriver, this figure includes no extras. To be fair, his screwdriver was broken for most of the episode, so he shouldn’t technically have it, and at least this way he *can* have one if you want him to. Still, something extra would have been nice.
A perfect pairing with the Raggedy Doctor, seeing as it’s the primary antagonist for “The Eleventh Hour” and all. To be honest, it’s less a figure and more a glorified accessory. It’s about 6 inches tall and moves at three places along the “body.” The movement is mostly there to help you get the best possible balance for the figure, but I suppose you could get some slightly more inventive poses if you so choose. Prisoner Zero sports a unique sculpt, which does a halfway decent job of capturing the creature’s CGI-rendered natural form from the episode. In fact, I’d say it even looks a little bit more frightening than the creature seen in the episode. I will say, not only are the joints on this figure rather obviously placed, they’re also not super sturdy; my figure already snapped off of its base at the joint, and I hadn’t even had it out of the box for more than a few minutes. In terms of paint, Prisoner Zero is somewhat sparse; it’s mostly molded in clear plastic, with its joints molded in red so as to give it a nifty other-worldly quality. There’s still paint on the teeth and eyes, which is all pretty good. Prisoner Zero includes no accessories, but, like I said above, it’s more of an accessory itself than anything.
Rory’s the one figure in this set I already have (reviewed here). The other two figures are clearly from “The Eleventh Hour.” While Rory was introduced in that episode, he doesn’t wear this particular get-up, which makes him seem a little out of place. It seems a little odd to me that they chose to put him in this set, rather than giving the basic Amy a re-release, especially since she carries such a hefty value on the secondary market. I mean, I own two Amys arleady, so I don’t have a real dog in this fight, but it just seems slightly odd.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This set was given to me by Super Awesome Girlfriend’s mother, in exchange for doing some IT work for her. Nothing like a good old fashioned barter system, right? This isn’t really a set I’d have picked for myself, if I’m honest. The Doctor included is non-essential, Prisoner Zero isn’t really an action figure, and I’ve already got a Rory figure. With that being said, the Raggedy Doctor is a pretty fun Eleven variant, and Prisoner Zero is an entertaining backdrop for my Who collection. Not a super thrilling set, but a decent one.