You’ve just watched the New Year’s Special of Doctor Who. The Daleks, well, actually a Dalek, has been defeated by the miraculous foursome. The episode has just capped off an impressive debut season for Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor in the show’s history. With record breaking viewing figures throughout the series, the idea of no Doctor Who for the rest of 2019 is a nightmare for fans of the show.
So what can you do to curb that craving for the British sci-fi classic?
The Who Shop might just have the answer.
Based in Upton Park, 39-41 Barking Road (located on the District Line) The Who Shop is a must visit for any Dr. Who fan. Kind of like the Tardis, when you enter into it, the store seems bigger on the inside; engulfing your senses with a world of memorabilia, the store has everything a fan may want. As stated on their website, the shop “started on the 1st of December 1984 in a warehouse in Wapping” and “has evolved and regenerated over the years into its present incarnation in Upton Park, East London”.
Currently, the famous store is run by a three-person team: husband and wife Kevan and Alexandra, and Owen. Attending the likes of AwesomeCon in Washington DC and ComicCon in Stuttgart in recent years, the team are dedicated Whovians.
So what can the store do for you?
Stocking a range of memorabilia from audio works, books, magazines, DVDs and official BBC props, there is nothing the store does not have. With exclusive goods such as thirteen-themed hats and t-shirts, the East London outlet is your first port of call for anything Doctor Who. Products are reasonably priced too, especially when compared to the likes of Amazon and the memorabilia store in the now-closed Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff. The Who Shop will not put you out of pocket! Recently acquiring several pristine thirteen-themed posters and BBC licensed books based on twelve’s incarnation, I know that the shop is my first port of call for any Doctor Who goods.
Another amazing feature is the museum. Walking through the Tardis doors – which have been used on screen! – you’re able to admire over “120 props, costumes & artefacts from the world of TV & Film including many from Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures & K9, dating back to 1963.” This a must-visit for any fan who is fascinated by props and the history of the show.
Opening times to the museum are between 10.00-16.15. Entry is just £3 for adults and £2 for under-16s.
So go and support your local store or order from them online! Enjoy the feeling of being amongst fellow Whovians, whilst immersed in a room full of out-of-this-world Doctor Who products.