A new limited mintage set of silver proof coins has been released to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. The television show produced by the BBC about the adventures of a time traveling humanoid alien who explores the universe in a TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) is the longest running science fiction television series in history.
The eleven coin set features a color representation of the Doctor in his various regenerations. Behind him appears a likeness of him nemesis, sculpted on a vivid background surrounded by a border inspired by technology and time travel. Each coin is struck by the Perth Mint on behalf of the New Zealand Mint from 1/2 ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality.
Descriptions of the eleven coins are as follows:
First Doctor: The first Doctor was played by William Hartnell from 1963 until 1966. Sometimes doting, sometimes difficult, the First Doctor was both a loving father-figure and a fierce opponent. The reverse design also features the Doctor’s arch enemies, the evil Daleks, on the background.
Second Doctor: The Second Doctor was played by Patrick Troughton from 1966 until 1969. His playful, whimsical air disguised dark undercurrents and a sharp mind. The emotionless Cybermen are also represented alongside the Doctor on this design.
Third Doctor: In 1970 the Third Doctor, played by Jon Pertwee, was forced to begin his exile on Earth with a new face. The Third Doctor was confident, bold and brash, but with a soft paternal side reserved for those he cared about. The background of this coin’s reverse features the fellow renegade Time Lord, The Master.
Fourth Doctor: The Fourth Doctor was played by Tom Baker from 1974 until 1981 when he died saving the universe from the Master. This incarnation of the Doctor reassembled the Key to Time, tried to reason with Davros at the birth of the Daleks, and was invested as Lord President of the High Council of Time Lords. The scientist Davros, his arch enemy and creator of the deadly Daleks, is featured on this design.
Fifth Doctor: The Fifth Doctor was one of fascination and science, played by Peter Davison from 1981 until 1984. In this fifth body, the Doctor was reunited with his past selves to fight in the Death Zone on Gallifrey. A revengeful Omega, once a stellar engineer and High Council member on Gallifrey, is featured in this coin’s design.
Sixth Doctor: The Sixth Doctor, played by Colin Baker from 1984 to 1986, was an explosion of colours, words and emotions. Passionate and sometimes quick to anger, this was a Doctor with whom you would not want to make enemies. The reverse design also depicts a Cyber Controller in the background.
Seventh Doctor: Played by Sylvester McCoy from 1987 until 1996, the Seventh Doctor was both a spoon-playing clown and a master of deep dark secrets who toppled empires in a single night, entertained in the circus of the Gods of Ragnarok, and played chess with the ancient and evil Fenric. A Dalek is also represented in this coin’s design.
Eighth Doctor: After dying on the operating table the Doctor regenerated into his eighth form played by Paul McGann in 1996. Mercurial, frenzied and prone to bouts of amnesia, he teamed up with Grace Holloway to save the world from being pulled inside-out by The Master’s hijacking of the TARDIS. This coin’s reverse depicts the Doctor’s ‘best enemy’ The Master, in a stolen human body, in the background.
Ninth Doctor: The sole survivor of the Last Great Time War, scarred by the terrible things he’d seen and done, the Ninth Doctor was an intense and emotional incarnation played by Christopher Eccleston in 2005. The background features a ruthless Slitheen.
Tenth Doctor: The Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant from 2005 until 2010, woke on Christmas Day in his new form. Reeling from his confrontation with the Time Lords and fatally dosed with radiation, the Tenth Doctor’s song ended, as his violent regeneration burned the TARDIS and sent it crashing through space. A possessed Ood is also featured in this coin’s reverse design.
Eleventh Doctor: Since 2010, Matt Smith has played the Eleventh Doctor, an excited explorer of the universe, with a keen intelligence that means he often notices what everyone else has missed. A deadly and powerful Weeping Angel is featured in the background.
The obverse of each coin contains the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. These coins are issued as legal tender of the South Pacific islands nation of Niue. Only 3,000 of the Doctor Who Silver Proof 11-Coin Sets will be released worldwide. Each coin carries a maximum mintage of 4,000 pieces.
The eleven coins are packaged in a presentation case in the shape of the Doctor’s fob watch. The watch opens to display the 11-coins and a colored token featuring a printed collage of all the Doctors. A numbered certificate of authenticity is also included.
This is an official licensed product of BBC Australia & New Zealand. For additional information or to place an order, please visit the Perth Mint product page.