LEGO Ideas Doctor Who Review

Hey everyone!
I received the LEGO Doctor Who set for Christmas and I finally got around to reviewing it. (Editor: Thanks, Nana!)

The main highlight of the set is, of course, the Tardis. The build accurately captures the look of a 1960s police box. The Tardis features more than a few prints. There are new prints for the window pane element. Eight of them are for the Tardis windows, one is the sign on the front and the other is the St. Johns Ambulance logo. The Tardis is a treasure trove of dark blue, with a large amount of recolored pieces.

I would like to note how the Tardis is drastically out of scale. It is ridiculously huge! (Editor: Oh, sure. Blame the Tardis. Maybe the Doctor is just short.)

The Tardis is bigger on the inside, but that is pretty hard to pull off with real LEGO. So, the creator of the set came up with a pretty cool solution. First, you pull the top off the Tardis. Then the Police Box tiles on the left and right sides fold up. you can then pull the back apart to reveal an interior.

The interior is pretty small and  it is very basic. There are two of the "circle thingys" on the wall. On the back is a print with the back of the door.

This back part of the Tardis connects to the main console via Technic axle.

The center console of the Tardis is quite nice. It has the main center console, with all of its buttons, levers, switches and screens. The switch that is pulled to start the Tardis is represented as a zip line piece. There are two computer consoles with new prints. They are covered in Galifreyan script. There is also a round 2x2 tile with another exclusive print.

I found the attachment of the parts of the console to be a very interesting process. There are a few of the thin wheel elements that have Technic axle pins inside of them, On  the axles are pneumatic hose connectors, The parts of the console are attached via 2x1 plate with clips.

The central column is very nice. it uses trans-light blue 2x2 round bricks as the center. Around it are blue Lightsaber blades hung down from a octagonal ring, The top is made using 6x6 inverted radar dishes. On the bottom of the dishes are a few studs to simulate the lights that are up there.

There is a set of stairs leading down from the main deck. They are made using a ladder piece and a 2x1 tile with one clip. I would have preferred two clips, because this part of the build is very fragile.

The Twelfth Doctor is in the outfit that the 11th Doctor wore in season seven. I know many may think it might be a bit odd, but there is some explanation to that. The 11th  Doctor regenerated and became the 12th Doctor and he kept the same clothes for the rest of the episode. (Editor: Which wasn't long because, after the Regeneration, the only thing he said was "Do you know how to fly this thing?"and then they cut to the credits.)

Anyways, he has a face print that appeared in the Dimensions level pack. The hair element is also the same from that set. I do think the facial prints did a good job of recreating the look of the actor. It also captured the "attack eyebrows." His torso has a dark blue vest as well as a pocket watch. The printing for the coat does continue into the legs. Sadly, the print is not found on the sides. He also has some very minimal back printing,

The Doctor also comes with a Sonic Screwdriver accessory, This element is an exclusive to this set and the Doctor Who Dimensions pack. I think the element is a good representation of the in universe item.

The 11th Doctor is a pretty great Minifigure. He has pretty detailed prints on his torso. He has his bow-tie. ('Cuz, bow-ties are cool. (Editor: you betcha!)) His jacket has very fine lines on it. I really cannot wrap my head around how them managed to to make a figure with so many fine lines. However, the printing on the legs is really thin. It stands out from the torso. Similarly to the 12th Doctor, the leg printing does not continue to the sides.

I think the face makes him look older, even though the actor is the youngest to ever to be cast in the part. He has an alternate, happier face witch fits him better. He uses the Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker hair piece.

He also comes with a Fez, which is a really fun item to get. It is hard to get the fez to balance to he can have his hair and the fez at the same moment.

Clara Oswald is my favorite Minifigure in the whole set. She is not my favorite character on the show, but the Minifigure is amazing! She has a cardigan over her shirt. There is a small necklace hanging from her neck. I literally just noticed that it existed and I have had the set for weeks! (Editor: And that level of observancy is why he's got an editor.) She has dual molded legs that have a red upper half. There is a plaid pattern across her skirt, which even continues to the sides. There is also some very dark brown printing for her tights. She has two faces, one that is kinda perky and the other one looks befuddled.

The Weeping Angel is the scariest Minifigure ever. It has exclusive prints for the torso, head and dress/slope piece. She has a set of wings made from a Minfigure neck bracket, two clips and two wings. I don't think that the wings are too accurate, but I think they work fine. The torso has print on the back. It wasn't nesscesary, since the wings cover it. The face is very, uh, blank. When turned around, it shows you the inner nature of the Weeping Angel. I still have issues sleeping in the same room as this Minifigure (Editor: Sure. Blame the mini-fig. Has nothing to do with the fact that you've started reading the Discworld novels.)

More iconic than the Weeping Angels are the Daleks. They are brick built and are a bit out of scale, similar to the one that was released as a Fun Pack. They use an printed inverted dish as the top, nun-chuck handles as the stalks. There is a hollow stud  and a 1x1 tile w/ bar to simulate the eye. This version of the LEGO  Dalek has an hollow stud on the end of a three long bar to represent the plunger arm. The other side has a Technic pin on a bar to approximate the gun. The bottom half uses 1x2 tiles with bars to create the slope on the front.

I am not sure whether I prefer this version of the Dalek to the other version LEGO released. (Editor: Character Building did it better. So if you want to donate your old Daleks, I'll happily expand my army.)

What I liked

  • Lots of dark blue pieces.
  • Lots of prints/no stickers.
  • Great group of figures.
  • Cool way of creating a Tardis that is somewhat bigger on the inside.
  • The LEGO Tardis is just awesome!
What I disliked
  • Thin printing on the 11th Doctor's legs
  • The printing for both of the Doctors does not wrap all the way around
  • Some parts of the set are fragile.

Overall, I really liked this set. It had a very enjoyable and unique build. I loved the fact that there were no stickers, I was really surprised with the intricacy of the mini figures. The selection of figures is great as well. I love having this set and it has become my favorite LEGO set.

In case you didn't know, today is LEGO day! 59 years ago today, the patent was submitted for the LEGO brick.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading!


  1. I'm always up for more Doctor Who stuff so this is great

    1. Yeah, unfortunately LEGO only released three Doctor Who Themed sets. I would be overjoyed if LEGO began a whole theme based on the TV series, but the fan-base isn't quite large enough to make the investment.


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