I think we all knew that, in the 50th Anniversary year of "Doctor Who", a special commemorative release of stamps by the Royal Mail would be popular...but even the Royal Mail themselves have been taken aback by just HOW popular these sets are.
Basically, there have been more pre-orders for the "Doctor Who" Commemorative Stamps than for any other commemorative set produced by the Royal Mail.
Andrew Hammond, Managing director of the stamps and collectibles division at Royal Mail, said:
Following our launch announcement last year, we've had a fantastic response from the public who seemingly can't wait for the stamps. This shows just how much we all love Doctor Who. The time has come and we are delighted that the stamps are now on sale, meaning fans of all ages can send their letters with one of their favourite Doctors on. This is a fitting tribute to this remarkable 50th anniversary and we hope our stamps will enable people across the UK to feel part of the celebrations of such a national treasure.It's not just the 11 Doctors who are featured. There's also a "Miniature Sheet" containing five Special Stamps, with the First Class TARDIS stamp in the middle, surrounded by Second Class stamps featuring an Ood, a Cyberman, a Weeping Angel and a Dalek. You can buy various stamp sets (including a fabulous postcard sized stamp set) but I'm very impressed by the Presentation Pack in which Gary Russell discusses all 11 incarnations of the Doctor as well as "his most formidable foes". This set contains all 11 Special Stamps plus the Miniature Sheet.
These really are quality products - a perfect memento of the Anniversary. Kudos to both the BBC and the Royal Mail for their hard work and effort in producing these fantastic stamps. As Fiona Eastwood, Product development director at BBC Worldwide Consumer Products, said:
With the second part to the latest Doctor Who series out on Saturday, these stamps are the perfect way to mark this as well as the 50th anniversary. With all the Doctors to date featured in the set, these stamps showcase the fantastic actors who have played the Time Lord over the last 50 years.You can get further details on the stamp sets plus the other "Doctor Who" gifts that the Royal Mail has available by following these links:
Doctor Who Commemorative Stamps
Royal Mail Doctor Who Gifts and Collectables