VWORP! VWORP! A galaxy of Doctor Who merchandise has materialised here at EMP. Celebrate the Doctor’s adventures in space and time with our range of Doctor Who t-shirts, dresses, posters, accessories and more, many of which (like this TARDIS nouveau print dress and this military-style jacket covered in Who references are exclusive to EMP!
Few, if any, franchises can boast of a legacy, staying power and cultural reach like Doctor Who. Beginning in November 1963 as a mildly educational kids’ show, the series’ popularity exploded with the introduction of the dreaded Daleks a few weeks later, growing its loyal fanbase (even withstanding cancellation in 1989 and sixteen subsequent years off of TV barring a 1996 television movie) to the point where its 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor” was simulcast in more than 1,500 cinemas in 94 countries - a world record which stands to this day.
To what does Doctor Who owe its astonishing longevity? It’s a combination of a number of things, all tied together with that indefinable Doctor Who magic. Its inbuilt renewal system, known as “regeneration”, allows Time Lords (the Doctor’s species) to save their lives by morphing into a brand new body if mortally wounded, meaning the lead actor’s departure need not affect the show; in fact, regenerations are significant British cultural events, with months of press speculation building up to a new Doctor’s unveiling and millions tuning in to see how the current Doctor will meet his demise. The programme’s infinitely flexible format (the Doctor’s ship, the TARDIS, can travel anywhere in space and time) means viewers can see a Western one week, an epic space opera the next, a knockabout comedy the next, and an urban thriller the next - it also means that the Doctor’s travelling companion and the show’s second lead can come from anywhere and anywhen; in the past, we’ve had contemporary humans, 18th-century Highlanders, 51st-century time agents, alien child geniuses and even robot dogs!
What are you waiting for? Take the trip of a lifetime and dive into our Who range. Whether you want to rock some Gallifreyan garms, sip from a Doctor Who mug or kick off a collection of the Doctors, companions and enemies in Funko Pop! figure form, a galaxy of fantastic Doctor Who merch awaits!