Are Doctor Who LEGO sets on the way?
A new post from LEGO suggests the licencing problems holding back Doctor Who LEGO sets are no more...
Two of the pillars of geekdom, both with foundations going back decades, are Doctor Who and LEGO. Yet they've never met, with the BBC giving the rights to make Doctor Who LEGO-like items to Character Options, who has, over the years, put together a very healthy smattering of choices. They have had plenty of our cash, certainly.
It's curious why LEGO and Doctor Who never joined forces, however, although we've been told by a few sources in the past that the show was never quite big enough to get LEGO to commit to it. That, or Character Options simply put together the better package.
However, with modern Doctor Who now with a global fanbase in the tens of millions, times may be changing. This is the show that can now break into the top ten at the US cinema box office, off the back of a single episode.
LEGO has, for some time, run a scheme whereby users can submit potential projects for future LEGO sets. LEGO CUUSOO is the name of said scheme, and users get to vote on potential projects. That's how the likes of the Back To The Future DeLorean came to pass, for example.
However, in the past, when users have submitted Doctor Who-themed projects to LEGO CUUSOO, they've not got past the drawing board, due to licencing issues. Now though there's been an update to the License Conflicts And Resolutions section of LEGO CUUSOO's help page, and this is the exact text:
If your project was previously turned down, archived, or deleted due to a licensing conflict that is now resolved, you may re-submit it as a new project. Supporters from past projects cannot be applied to a future project.
Resolved Past Licensing Conflicts
We now welcome projects based on the following licenses that used to have conflicts:
• Doctor Who - February 2014
Now we're not ones for speculation, but that suggests very much to us that the barriers preventing Doctor Who and LEGO from joining forces have been taken down. This hasn't been confirmed, and we will update this story with any official word from LEGO, the BBC or Character Options when we get it. But the LEGO post, we'd suggest, is fairly specific. This hints broadly that Doctor Who LEGO may be on the way.
More as we hear it.