Two spacefaring British brands have collided, bringing the Clangers and BBC Studios’ legendary Doctor Who together in a new merchandise range as part of Clangers’ 50th anniversary celebrations.
The iconic British space-based adventurers come together to launch the new DoppelClangers merchandise range, a series of iconic and quirky mash-ups of Clangers with different icons from pop culture, from musicians through to scientists and celebrities.
The first line in the DoppelClanger product range will be inspired by the Fourth Doctor, as played by the legendary Tom Baker. The designs, featuring Major Clanger dressed up in the Doctor’s long coat and colourful scarf, will be available on a range of items from mugs and t-shirts to tote bags.
The range will launch today exclusively on Clangers’ official online shop and the Doctor Who official online shop.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with BBC Studios to produce this unique and wonderful selection of products that will appeal to all ages,” says Michael Dee, Director of Content at Coolabi Group. “Clangers and Doctor Who are such iconic and timeless brands with shared values of friendship, adventure and imagination and we can’t wait to see what fans old and new think of this ‘out of this world’ product range.”
True aficionados will know that these much-loved brands have come together before. In the 1972 Doctor Who episode The Sea Devils with Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, the Master watches Clangers on TV, whistling along with their tuneful interactions. More recently, Clangers featured a Doctor Who reference within the special commemorative episode The Visitor, which aired on Saturday on CBeebies.
Jason Easy, Head of Licensing BBC Studios said: “This is an ideal collaboration of much-loved British characters embodied in a range of exciting new products. For anyone that ever loved the time travelling Doctor or those loveable Clangers, this merchandise will make the perfect gift.”
Today’s release is the first in an on-going roll out in the DoppelClangers Doctor Who series, which initially will cover the first seven Doctors for cross-generational appeal.