More proof that the only reason they make Doctor Who is to sell things to children has arrived, with news that Lego is about to launch a fan-created version of the TARDIS. For Christmas. For everyone under the age of 14, for Christmas. And everyone else.
It's a TARDIS and control room, a TARDIS that opens, with all the right stickers and steps, all combining to make a thing off the telly that's 14cm tall and 16cm wide. For the rather oppressive £49.99 RRP the recipient gets 623 branded pieces to play with, along with four minifigs to stress about not losing -- the Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, a lovely Clara Oswald to carry around in your underpants and a Weeping Angel -- plus a couple of daleks and a sonic screwdriver accessory.
There's a heartwarming tale behind the set's existence, too, with the idea and rough construction outline being suggested by "fan-designer" Andrew Clark on the Lego Ideas portal, winning enough votes to be made for real -- as if the success of a Lego Doctor Who set might ever be in doubt.
The set goes on sale on December 1st, when it will almost certainly sell out in minutes -- only to appear on eBay for twice the price shortly after.