Doctor Who Trading Cards Coming from Rittenhouse Archives

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The Doctor is returning to the hobby with Rittenhouse Archives securing worldwide trading card rights for Doctor Who.

The long-term deal covers the entirety of the show’s history up until now and with what is yet to come as the iconic sci-fi series continues to air.

“Doctor Who has always been on my radar as a franchise we should be working with,” said Steve Charendoff, Rittenhouse Archives president and founder, pointing out his company’s long-running history with genre franchises like Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Lost in Space, Xena and more.

Although it’s extremely early in the planning stages, Rittenhouse already has some important parts coming into place.

Jodie Whittaker, the 13th (and current) Doctor, has committed to autographs. Charendoff said the company has a signing with the actress shortly where she’ll sign a variety of cards including inscriptions.

Mandip Gill, who plays the Doctor’s companion, Yasmin, is also slated for autographs.

Rittenhouse’s first Doctor Who trading cards will likely focus on the episodes to come out since Whittaker’s debut in the role. Charendoff did say other products would go back in time to revisit the show’s past, which goes back nearly 60 years to 1963, with Rittenhouse themes.

Charendoff said that he expects the first set under the new deal to be out either late in 2021 or early 2022.

Over the years, a variety of companies have produced Doctor Who trading cards. Most recently for North American collectors was Topps from 2015 to 2018.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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1 comment

  1. Backcountry164 30 May, 2021 at 14:20

    OMG!! Have they not seen the ratings?!? This would have made sense in the Tennant era but now?? I can only assume they got the rights super cheap and are banking on the popularity of past Doctors and nostalgia. Because the 13th Doctor can’t even sell people on her own show so how’s that supposed to translate to merchandise sales??

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