Character Options will continue to serve as the hit series’ master toy licensee for the 12th consecutive year.
Whittaker will take over from Peter Capaldi, who will leave the global show this Christmas. In addition, a new head writer and executive producer, Chris Chibnall, will take over from Steven Moffat on the next series and made the decision to cast Whittaker.
“Making history is what ‘Doctor Who’ is all about and Chirs Chibnall’s bold new takeon the next Time Lord is exactly that,” says Charlotte Moore, director, BBC Content. “The nation is going to fall in love with Jodie Whittaker–and have lots of fun too!”
Character Options has held the master toy license for “Doctor Who” since the series’ re-launch in 2005. Throughout the 12-year partnership, the licensee has seen more than 10 million action figures as well as almost 5 million sonic screwdrivers sold.
“We are very happy that Character Options will continue to be the lead licensee for our ‘Doctor Who’ merchandise,” says Rikesh Desai, licensing director, merchandise and gaming, BBC Worldwide. “Their products excite and delight U.K. fans and we are looking forward to working closely with them over the tenure of the new showrunner Chris Chibnall and the adventures of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor.”
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