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Infinite Potential: Doctor Who and LEGO

Guest contributor Mark McCullough examines what a LEGO partnership could offer the Doctor Who franchise.

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With the recent news opening up the possibility of pairing Doctor Who with the already massive LEGO franchise, fans minds have already gone into speculation overdrive. With nothing confirmed as of yet, it may be jumping the gun to consider the implications of such news. But what could a partnership with LEGO offer the Doctor Who franchise?

Character Sets

The most obvious answer is new LEGO sets and characters with a Doctor Who theme. But is this really a big deal for the franchise? Arguably it is not since we already have the Character Building sets, which depending on your preference could be considered as equivalent to their proposed LEGO counterparts. Possible quality differences aside, the market is already filled, so it doesn’t make a lot of commercial sense to introduce more of the same into the market. Yes collectors and fans of both LEGO and Doctor Who will almost certainly still buy them. But could there be more on offer from LEGO than just character building sets?

Video Games

lego-star-wars-completeRecently LEGO have become famous for their video-games of other popular franchises. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Batman, Harry Potter and Marvel Superheroes have all received the LEGO videogame treatment. So why not add Doctor Who to that list? The fans have been crying out for a proper, high quality multi-platform, video-game for a long time. It seems like an obvious gap in the market that LEGO could fill.

A LEGO game could take one of a few formats. One possibility is as per the set-up used in LEGO Star Wars, in which the game follows the original story of the show. It all likelihood this would lead to a few games being made, perhaps divided into the Classic Era, The RTD Era and the Moffat Era. This would offer the player a lot of fun opportunities: you could have the Ninth Doctor in the 50th anniversary special, make the Master a force for good; the free play possibilities are endless. Another popular feature of the LEGO games is the ability to customise a character as you please. You could finally give six the black leather jacket he wanted. Further to this, there are also the excellent mini-games and collectables which make the games more fun. So would this be my preferred format for the game? No.

Recently LEGO released a Marvel Superheroes game set in the Marvel Universe. What was different about this game was that it didn’t follow any previous source material. Instead it came up with a new story which allowed characters which wouldn’t otherwise meet to come together in one giant story. This, I feel is the perfect set up for a possible LEGO Doctor Who game, a game which offers an opportunity for all the Doctors to come together, and fight against an amalgamation their enemies, across several unique locations and time zones. What’s more, using the larger universe set-up, the inclusion of spin-off shows is also a possibility. Imagine for a moment, the Eighth Doctor in a face-off with the Silence, Luke Smith and Ianto Jones at his side, and all this, in LEGO.

Perhaps I’m being too self-indulgent with such suggestions; however the beauty of a LEGO game is that it can be what it wants. Being a video-game, it also has no requirement to conform to the shows canon. Players will be playing it solely for the experience of a good game, but part of a good gaming experience is the fundamental element of a good story. If it were possible for LEGO to perform a huge coup and get one of the show’s writers to work on the story, the fans would be in for a treat. An ideal candidate for this could be Russell T Davies, however unlikely it may be. (Would the promise of an opportunity to write anything he wanted, an idea too big for the TV show, be enough to persuade him?) It wouldn’t have to be a writer from the show, any decent story which is fun to play would be a huge gift to the fans.

Another advantage of bring Doctor Who into a LEGO universe would be that some sets are just too expensive to make for the TV show. Take Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS for example, an episode which was promised to show a lot more of the TARDIS, but ended up mostly as corridors. With a LEGO set-up, the entire TARDIS could be explored as could alien planets and other exciting things too costly to be on TV.

Conclusion

Whilst we have nothing concrete yet with regards to a LEGODoctor Who partnership, one can only hope. It is my strong opinion that should we see the emergence of any LEGO Doctor Who figures or sets, it is highly likely the destination is ultimately a video-game. With the gap in the market and the exponential rise in the popularity of Doctor Who (especially in the United States), one can’t help but feel it would be a missed opportunity not to capitalise on it.

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106 comments
KelvTwelve
KelvTwelve

I'm going to be the only one in the world who says that they like the Character Options "lego" models well enough...

Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

I started watching SJA and it it much better than expected

Handles
Handles

I'd almost certainly by a TARDIS set if a good enough model could be created. Preferably, it would be just like the set they use for the actual TARDIS, with a TARDIS door and a large dome which is open on one side. Then you could perhaps have another model to go with it which provides the actual box. Personally, I'd want the 2010-2012 TARDIS, but I'd be happy with the present TARDIS - or even the War Doctor's!

damienpatel3
damienpatel3

i am not the biggest fan of lego caracters but video games count me in.

videogamemad00
videogamemad00

I probably wouldn't get any physical Doctor Who LEGO, but I would happily buy a video game.

ClassicWhovian
ClassicWhovian

The biggest opportunity would be the chance for past Doctors!


Mati C
Mati C

OMG they look so ridiculous XD sorry, i can't help it.

ahunter8056
ahunter8056

Personally I would never buy any Lego, but I'd definitely buy a Lego Doctor Who game straight away!

WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT
WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT

In the most of my lego video games I'm making doctor who characters in the character customizer; ten in harry potter eleven and river in city bad wolf in marvel...

WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT
WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT

Lego games are just great I've got really many of them and even if lego is childish sometimes I think youre never too old for it!

Doctor Capaldi
Doctor Capaldi

Despite my old age, I love the Lego Video Games, so I can't wait for a Lego Doctor Who Video Game- IT'LL BE SOO FUN!

Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

I absolutely adore the LEGO games so one based on my favourite TV show would be awesome.

Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

Would need to get a Journeys End Tardis set to get most of the companions...

edoe101
edoe101

Brilliant article Mark! I am now really, really, really excited! I mean, the plot of a video game wouldn't even have to be based round actual episodes. I would love actual LEGO sets to! Oh, I'm going to hyperventilate. 

Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

I wouldn't mind a few detailed Lego sets, we could have like The Fall of Arcadia, Trenzalore, The TARDIS console, Akhaten, Dalek Asylum, Sardick Town, Demons Run, the Byzantium, Starship UK, Bowie base one, the library, titanic, sanctuary base six, satellite five, I'm gonna stop before I kill myself. But just imagine he possibilities.

bohenmerchant
bohenmerchant

If they do make a Lego Doctor Who game i would like to play as all incarnations of the Doctor and some of his enemies like the incarnations of the Master, the Daleks, The Cybermen, The Sontarans, the Ice Wariors and Davros and some of his compaions too like K-9,  Romana, Leela, Susan and so on

Huknar
Huknar

I'm not fond of Lego capitalizing on common franchises myself. It seems ridiculous to see favourite characters and set pieces all squished and deformed and plastered up into those bricks and tiny yellow people. Still, if it earns the BBC extra money to pour back into the show then fine.

Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

Most people's custom lego who is prettey bad. hopefuly lego can make it better

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Off-topic, but the add on my browser on top of the page says 'special skin regeneration health care'.

BobGDU
BobGDU

I'm honestly surprised this hasn't happened yet.

CaitlinAshford
CaitlinAshford

I wonder if this means Character options are dropping the who construction toy line and freeing up the licence?

Lego should have had this as a licence all along

And you're all thinking far to small as far as lego video games go.

How about a game that starts with the 1st Doctor and has a level based on each and every Doctor who story.
I wanna see proper sets too and more than just the odd spaceship slapped together

PrisonerZero
PrisonerZero

This is currently my idea for 6/30 level LEGO Doctor Who game: 

Lego Doctor Who


Earth

·Level 1: Life is Plastic

o9th Doctor, Rose and Jack, 2015, London.  The Doctor has to infiltrate into a plastic factory and blow it up to stop an Auton invasion

·Level 2: Mesozoic Park

o10th Doctor, Martha, Mesozoic Era, Pangaea.  The Doctor lands in the era of dinosaurs and loses the TARDIS because it fell down a mountain.  The Doctor and Martha now have to get to the TARDIS before the T-Rex eats them!

·Level 3: Amazonian Adventure

o10th Doctor, Donna, 1900s, Amazon Jungle.  The Doctor and Donna decide to visit the Amazon to find an ancient Mayan Treasure hidden in a pyramid.

·Level 4: Angels in Egypt

o11th Doctor, Amy and Rory, 2000 BC, Egypt.  The Doctor, Amy, and Rory encounter a Weeping Angel on the night of an eclipse.

·Level 5: Silent Night

o11th Doctor, Amy and Rory and River, 2300, Cardiff.  The Doctor and friends travel to future Cardiff on Christmas Eve where they encounter a splinter group of the Silence trying to use a time lock trap to capture the Doctor in a single moment in time.

·Level 6: Volcano Day

o12th Doctor, Clara and Danny, 12014, Yellowstone.  The Doctor and friends arrive in Yellowstone on the day of the eruption.



TheE_Nigma
TheE_Nigma

LEGO Doctor Who - The Video Game:   Original  Plot Idea: The Daleks are developing a mass deconstruction weapon that threatens the LEGO universe, all 13 LEGO Doctors are taken out of their timeline (First few levels play as each Doctor leading up to them being taken out of their timestream) The Doctors band together (with their naturally bickering of course) with some old allies, (and possibly some old enemies) to defeat the Daleks in their ultimate plan. Ultimately it ends with all 13 Doctors building their TARDIS's together to form one giant super TARDIS that is capable of destroying the Dalek weapon and banishing them forever (a few escape of course) from the playset!



Bonus levels (for collecting the GOLD Bricks) can be famous episodes from Who history, including each regeneration episode because who doesn't want to see each regeneration in Lego.  






Kermit9
Kermit9

I've been dreaming of a Lego Doctor Who video-game for a long time! But the way I was thinking was to stick to the canon, but add bonus levels (like Lego Marvel) but maybe make them a bit longer so they could be non-canon adventures. But I was also thinking about releasing it as 3 games, in a similar fashion to the Lego Harry Potter games. Lego Doctor Who: Doctors 1-4, then Doctors 5-8, then 9-12. The way it could work is if they took the most important episodes from each season and used them as levels. And go back to the older Lego games' style of having shorter levels, but more of them. Just my thoughts on how a Lego Doctor Who video-game could work. And maybe a whole game for the 50th anniversary? Or possibly just stick it with Doctors 9-12?

cyberbrayde
cyberbrayde

Playing Lego Marvel..... did anybody mention the TARDIS fling through Thor's vortex?

captivatewidgetking
captivatewidgetking

So in the Lego Marvel video game they stuck Stan Lee in there... Does that mean we'd be able to play a Lego Doctor Who game where we perform a heist on a Dalek factory playing Steven Moffat?

Regenerated Catterson
Regenerated Catterson

The Ninth Doctor could actually fight in the Time War like originally planned....BOO-YAH...

Or better yet, YOU COULD (Points at your screen) 


The Finn
The Finn

Like you say, the game needn't adhere to current Canon. That might mean those who want a "different kind of Doctor" (if you know what I mean) could get it.

RiseOfBread
RiseOfBread

"...the Eighth Doctor in a face-off with the Silence..."

Well, that would explain why he seems to have the memory of Dory. =)

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

Honestly, I just want the Doctor to have a cameo in the sequel to the Lego Movie.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@videogamemad00 Exactly how I feel. Actual lego feels like a bit too much of a 'chore' with a crappy result - I have played some of the Star Wars lego games though, I'd be open to that.

Kylephantom4
Kylephantom4

What about classic locations like the old doctor tardises, his lab in unit, death zone, eye of harmony room from tv movie, so many sets they could create

Lord of Time
Lord of Time

Actually most mini-figures based off franchises aren't yellow anymore

WillQuirk
WillQuirk

@TheE_Nigma  Truly awesome ideas, but another idea for the video game would be that the dalek weapon weakened the barriers of time and so all the doctors travelled to where the point where the barriers weakened and they join together, this could mean the walls of the universe are breaking down too so this could mean that rose, the human doctor and rose's mother can come through as well

Kylephantom4
Kylephantom4

Maybe give the war doctor his own full length game which could also include the events of day of the doctor

TheE_Nigma
TheE_Nigma

@WillQuirk @TheE_Nigma  I think to make it best it needs to play on the whole Lego side of it, the Daleks are literally de-constructing the Lego Universe.

Polyphase
Polyphase

@Regenerated Catterson @captivatewidgetking Yes that would be great

Moffat: [turning his torture beams on the Doctor] You pit your puny will against mine? Kneel! 

The Doctor: No!

Moffat:Kneel before the might of the Moff! [Forces the Doctor to his knees] 

 Moffat: In my presence, you are but an ant, a termite.Abase yourself before me, you grovelling insect.

Lord of Time
Lord of Time

Speaking of Star Wars, mine is for "High quality combat ready lightsabers"