An Adventure in Why I Have No Money
So, a few days ago, a post went by on my dash showing that there was a store FULL of Doctor Who merchandise smack-dab in Lombard, Illinois, in the Chicago suburbs. Alien Entertainment. Seeing as I already had plans to be in the suburbs a mere twenty minutes away from the shop that very evening, I HAD to go there and give them all my money.
First off, the shop itself is AMAZING. They have loads of Doctor Who merchandise, as well as nergasming amounts of Star Trek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer merchandise. They had lots more, also, but to be honest I got there 25 minutes before they closed and spent 23 of those minutes in the Doctor Who section. I recall a doll of 24's Jack Bauer and an action figure of Dexter Morgan from Dexter, though, as well as some Bond Girls.
I spent over $200 there, and I regret nothing. Now, onto the photos here:
- Shoplifting Deterrent - This sing was on the window by their front door. Needless to say, this immediately informs people the shop is perfect before even entering.
- Doctor Who statues - These I did not buy, for alas, I did not have the funds, but as you can see they even had statues of things that only had one TV appearance, like Quarks and Draconians and Sensorites. So awesome!
AND NOW MY PURCHASES
- Doctor Who logo coasters - A set of eight coasters, featuring every logo from the show’s run, from Hartnell through Smith!
- Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Monopoly - Playing pieces include Two’s recorder, Four’s scarf, Five’s celery, Seven’s umbrella, a sonic screwdriver, and Eleven’s bow tie. All the properties are Doctor Who stories categorized by villainous race faced in the story, the train stations are various TARDIS incarnations, and Chance and Community Chest are now Gallifrey and U.N.I.T.!
- CDs! Big Finish Companion Chronicle The Doll of Death and Katy Manning’s Not a Well Woman - I had to put back two Sara Kingdom companion chronicles because it would have overdrawn my bank account. I did manage to keep a Companion Chronicle featuring my favorite Classic Companion, Jo Grant, as well as a tale written and performed by Jo Grant actress Katy Manning, Not a Well Woman. The latter is very semi-autobiographical. The main character is “Pansy”, but anyone familiar with Manning’s life will recognize Katy in the story, from the terrible eyesight to the car accident through a windscreen, from the premature birth of her twins to the move to Australia. And did I mention Pansy is an actress? The last line on the back of the CD case’s description is, “Why not suck it and see?”, which will be familiar if you recall Katy Manning’s awesome Radio Times interview in which she said, “Suck it and see, darling. If I ever did write an autobiography, that’s what I’d call it.”
- T-Shirts - I got a Doctor Who shirt on which the words “It’s bigger on the inside” make up the form of the TARDIS, and (yes it’s not Doctor Who but I couldn’t go into a shop with that much Buffy merchandise and buy none of it) an “I [heart] Buffy” shirt with a stake through the heart.
- Magnet and Key-Ring - Yes they look the same, no I don’t care. They serve different functions and one can never have too many TARDISes.
- Mugs! - I snagged the disappearing TARDIS mug, and found a mug featuring the Cyberman logo and planet name from The Tomb of the Cybermen, one of my favorite stories from my favorite Doctor! If you’re one of the people who believes Tomb paled in comparison to The Invasion, however, they also had an International Electromatics mug.
- Bump-N’-Go Cybermat - What’s that wee caterpillar? My cat, Tally, doesn’t know WHAT to make of it! (This seemed to require a gif rather than just a photo).
- The 500-Year-Diary and a Doctor Who pen - Last but not least, I grabbed up a copy of the 500-year-diary, as seen in the Second Doctor introductory story The Power of the Daleks, which is blank inside to become one’s own 500-year-diary, or to fill with sketches of Two and Jamie. For filling this lovely thing, I grabbed a pen with a model TARDIS at the end and a Dalek and TARDIS along the shaft.
And that’s all!
Thanks for reading/looking, and if you’re ever in the area, stop by Alien Entertainment!