How to start a ‘Doctor Who’ collection in North America

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Heather Maloney’s Doctor Who Collection (Photo By: Heather Maloney)

By, Heather Maloney

Living in the United States can be a bit problematic for any Whovian, especially when looking for merchandise. However, the series is gaining immense popularity and “Doctor Who” items are slowly appearing in local stores. Many American Whovians struggle at first to begin their collection. There are many online and local stores that can assist in any fan’s passion for collecting.

Who North America

Located in Indiana, this online retailer specializes in merchandise from British Science Fiction television shows. At their site, one can purchase items from “Doctor Who”, “Torchwood”, “Red Dwarf” and many other franchises. In the realm of “Doctor Who” Who North America sells figures, books, movies, collectables, apparel and games. The site also has a wish list feature that can be set up and sent to family and friends before a holiday for gift purchasing ideas.

Entertainment Earth

As a haven for any pop culture collector, Entertainment Earth carries many “Doctor Who” items. From action figures to collectables, they are sure to have a great item for any Whovian.

Think Geek

Whimsical and fun, Think Geek is one of the best places to purchase “Doctor Who” apparel. They also carry items for many other franchises and also have quirky items for any geek.

BBC America Shop

As America’s window into amazing British television, BBC America not only brings the show across the pond but also has a store where many items can be purchased. DVD’s and apparel are among the main “Doctor Who” items available.

Barnes and Noble

As the show gains popularity, its presence becomes more apparent at Barnes and Noble. Whovians can purchase books, magazines, games and DVDs either in the store or online.

Comic Book and Local Stores

Local specialty shops are a great place to find “Doctor Who” items. In the Denver area there are a handful of places such as Bartertown ComicsThe Wizard’s Chest and Twist & Shout that carry merchandise. A quick online search can usually pinpoint shops in any area.

Conventions

Most Science Fiction conventions have a Dealer’s Room where retailers rent space to sell items. This is an amazing place to find off the wall and one of a kind merchandise.

eBay

Anything one can think of is usually available for purchase on eBay. Simply search for the item or topic, however one must ensure they understand where the item is being shipped from and if any additional international shipping charges apply. Also, many banks now charge a fee if a customer uses a debit card for international purchases.

Amazon

Many “Doctor Who” items can be purchased through Amazon; many with free shipping. Amazon is also a great place to build a wish list so that Whovians can make shopping easy for friends and relatives.

As “Doctor Who” gains popularity in the states, merchandise is becoming easier to find. Often many of the truly collectable items must be ordered through online sites or catalogs. Also, Whovians should think outside of the box and look into classic items and books that help expand their knowledge of the show.

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Published by: Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney is an avid Doctor Who and British science fiction fan. She attends the Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles annually, and facilitates the Doctor Who Panels for the Starfest Convention in Denver. During her active Doctor Who Fandom, she has met four Doctors, countless companions and numerous Doctor Who actors, writers and directors. Contact Heather at doctorwhoheather@gmail.com. http://www.examiner.com/user-doctorwhoheather

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