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Sunday, 9 September 2007

Six Of The Best With MARCUS

Marcus hosts and updates the highly informative DoctorWhoToys.Net, which covers the latest news on forthcoming toy releases - action figures, dummy props, voice-changer masks etc. The site also hosts a growing community of fans, exchanging gossip and 'shop reports'.

(1) How did you get into Doctor Who in the first place?

I think I am quite typical of a lot of 'new' fans of Doctor Who. I used to watch it when I was a kid but my big brother at that time was a lot more into it than me. Only with the arrival of the New Series did I really get into it. Right now I think David Tennant is a wonderful Doctor; he is just so watchable.

(2) At what stage did you become interested in Doctor Who toys (particularly the action figures from Character Options), and what prompted you to start a website dedicated to this hobby?

Early in 2006 Character Options released the first waves of Doctor Who action figures and they were instantly a runaway success. Character have really taken Who toys to another level. But their own website had more information on Scooby Doo than Doctor Who! What information there was could only be found by searching fan forums. I wanted to post news of current and future releases in one place, and so doctorwhotoys.net evolved from there.

(3) Obvious, fanboy question, but who are your favourite Doctor, companion and villains and do you have a single favourite story/episode from either the Classic Who or the New Who?

No contest, for me my favourite Doctor is the 10th and current David Tennant. If you can stretch companion to crew I would vote for the redoutable Captain Jack Harkness. Currently my favourite episode would be Smith and Jones. Its a brilliant opener to Series Three and has spawned some amazing toys; the Judoon Scanner and Sound FX Helmet and the Judoon Captain and Trooper action figures.

(4) What is your favourite Doctor Who toy?

Right now (it changes) the Hoix figure from Series Two's Love & Monsters episode because its only just out and, though it only makes a brief appearance, its a 'proper' monster with lots of teeth and claws.

(5) What do you think about the increasing range of bootleg Doctor Who toys?

I will still put the bootleg toys on the site because they are probably as collectible in their own right as the official ones. There are going to be a lot more shipped in, presumably from China. I did enjoy the latest 'Rise of the Cybermen Set' with a flip-top Doctor Who mobile phone and a Doctor Who gun that fires foam darts and converts into a plane!

(6) What future plans do you have for DoctorWhoToys.Net ; will you be expanding into podcasting like some of the Star Wars and Buffy action figure collectors have?

The most important thing about the site is that it is bringing fans of Doctor Who toys together; a virtual community of dedicated Who toy collectors are helping to create the most informative New Series toy site on the planet. And in so doing it is my hope that connections are made that will last longer than the toys themselves. I hope the Doctor would approve...

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