Barbie is a cosplayer – who knew? In partnership with BBC Studios, Mattel is releasing the first ever Doctor Who Limited Edition Barbie doll, styled on Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor.
As those who have seen The Woman Who Fell To Earth will know, the Doctor got her clothes from a charity shop, in a first for the series (which typically finds the Doctor stealing clothes or retreating to the TARDIS wardrobe).
David Wilson Nunn, Creative Director, BBC Studios says:
“This year, we’re introducing an all new look for Doctor Who. New monsters, new stories, new characters and of course a new Doctor in Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play the role.
“Given Barbie’s celebration of women who have made history, as well as iconic characters from some of the best loved movies and shows, we felt it was a great opportunity to work with Mattel to create a doll based on the Thirteenth Doctor.
“The Doctor Who Barbie doll offers fans and collectors a new way to celebrate the adventures of this iconic character.”
The doll wears a rainbow-striped t-shirt, paired with cropped trousers and a trench coat, plus lace-up boots and braces. She comes complete with sonic screwdriver (though we doubt it’s made of Sheffield steel).
We’ve mixed feelings about this: while it’s probably aimed at young girls which is great, the high price point means it’s pretty inaccessible… except it’ll be released at the start of December, meaning it’ll be on numerous Christmas wishlists. Still, an RRP of £54.99 feels extortionate. It’s tempting to be skeptical, to say something about a supposedly-feminist message being used to sell products at insane prices, about it being quite manipulative – but hey, let’s gloss over that for now…
You can pre-order your Doctor Who Limited Edition Barbie from Forbidden Planet now.