'Doctor Who' Barbie Doll based on likeness of Jodie Whittaker now available for preorder

Barbie, Dr. Who, Mattel, Jodie Whittaker

The first female Doctor Who was made into a Barbie, who saw that coming?

Doctor Who began its eleventh season last Sunday with Jodie Whittaker being the first woman to occupy the TARDIS.  While she is the 13th person to play this beloved BBC science fiction character, she is the first to have a Barbie made in her likeness.

Yes, you read that correctly.  BBC Studios and Mattel have partnered to release the first ever Doctor Who Limited Edition Barbie doll. How cool is that?

The ever-stylish Doctor Who Barbie doll, looks very much like the actor Jodie Whittaker with her cool asymmetrical bobbed hairdo and wears a rainbow-striped t-shirt with cropped pants, a trench coat and the ever-important suspenders and lace-up boots.

Barbie, Dr. Who, Jodie Whittaker, doll
Credit: Mattel

The dolls are now available for pre-order and should be shipped in November and December from Mattel and Hot Topic.

Now, merchandise has always been a big deal for collectors and fans of this hit show, but having Barbie join the mix is something different.  However, in recent years, the Barbie team at Mattel has been working on making Barbie more relevant by having diverse dolls join the Barbie line-up.

In fact, for earlier this year, for International Woman's Day,  Barbie released 17 new dolls representing both historical and modern global role models including Bindi Irwin, Vicky Martin Berrocal, Xiaotong Guan, Sara Gama, Martyna Wojciechowska, Nicola Adams OBE, Yuan Yuan Tan, Patty Jenkins, Chloe Kim , Hélène Darroze, Hui Ruoqi and Leyla Piedayesh.

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Doctor Who first aired in 1963 and tells the story of a time-traveling scientist from a distant planet who travels through time and space in a versatile machine that blends into the surroundings outside and is actually very large inside called the Time And Relative Dimension In Space, known by the acronym TARDIS.  It is reminiscent of the Undetectable Extension Charm from Harry Potter.  It often takes the form of a British phone booth.

By using the TARDIS the doctor goes on many adventures making acquaintances, friends and enemies.

Doctor Who airs on Sundays BBC America. You can purchase the new Barbie Doll here.

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