According to a Facebook post by BBC One, September 27th, 1963 marks the day when the inaugural cast of Doctor Who (with William Hartnell playing the first incarnation of our favorite Time Lord) began filming the first scenes of the iconic science fiction show’s pilot episode. According to my belly’s rumblings, it seems almost like that was the last time I ate lunch — but wouldn’t a Doctor Who Lunch Box really tie the two sentiments together?
Here we are, 50 years later, and with the exception of a brief hiatus or two (brief by Time Lord standards, in any case), the time-hopping, space-traveling Gallifreyan is still bouncing around the everywhere and everywhen — though, as Amy Farrah Fowler noted on an episode of The Big Bang Theory, “For someone who has a machine that can travel anywhere in time and space, Doctor Who sure does have a thing for modern-day London.”
In fact, Doctor Who begins this tradition early on in its very first episode, An Unearthly Child, where the adventure starts out in a very earthly place: the modern-day London of 1963. In the words of another suspected Time Lord who called the city and the later part of that same decade home: “Groovy, baby!”
It doesn’t take the Doctor and his first cast of companions (that we know about, anyway) long to skedaddle from the confines of the 20th century UK, but it’s only a short time before we see him come back again. From the days of William Hartnell to the current (and soon to depart) incarnation as played by Matt Smith, he always comes back.
Doctor Who Lunch Box Features First Doctor on One Side and Eleventh Doctor on the Other — It’s Like a Time Lord Sandwich!
So here’s a nifty little collectible that comes to us as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who — the longest-running science fiction series to date (even predating 1966’s introduction of the Star Trek franchise by a few years). The Doctor Who Lunch Box (or “tin tote,” if you prefer) is a roomy 8 5/8-inches wide x 6 3/4-inches tall x 4-inches deep; while not bigger on the inside (like one might — and should — expect from a TARDIS lunch box), it’s plenty spacious for packing a generously satisfying lunch for any Time Lord or Earth-born companion on a hungry afternoon.
Results with companions originating with the Sevateem may vary, however. You may need to get a second Doctor Who Lunch Box just to be on the safe side.