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06 Jul 2019 8:54 a.m. PST
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4th Cuirassier06 Jul 2019 7:10 a.m. PST

These have always seemed a bit elusive, presumably because licensing, but does anyone do this, and how does it work?

Daleks in the more recent TV series seem to be invincible compared to back in the 70s.

Formerly Regiment Games Fezian06 Jul 2019 7:17 a.m. PST

Black Tree Design.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2019 8:00 a.m. PST

I don't, but have seen someone recently post photos of their game using the Galactic Heroes rules, IIRC.

I suspect you can use other rules too, if desired, but they seemed to have fun with these.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Jul 2019 8:17 a.m. PST

There is a doctor who boardgame with Dalek miniatures

Pictors Studio06 Jul 2019 8:25 a.m. PST

There is a whole range from Warlord:

RudyNelson06 Jul 2019 10:13 a.m. PST

Yes I carry Doctor Who or special order them. Several companies have rpg, board and miniature games. The problem often is the miniature size comparison.

Yes I remember them killing Daley's in the 1960-70s. Even in the early new generation we thought they were being killed. Then all of the sudden they are immortal. Crazy. What about Daley's killed off worlds .

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2019 11:04 a.m. PST

A couple of folks in our group run Dr. Who games
several times/year.

4th Cuirassier06 Jul 2019 11:06 a.m. PST

Well this is what baffles me. Your typical Doctor Who monster/alien/villain is an unkillable threat to the world, which is why we need the Doctor to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow and defeat it / them.

Game rules OTOH typically have to make it feasible for either side to win. If it is possible for UNIT to defeat the Daleks in a game why do we need the Doctor?

HMS Exeter06 Jul 2019 11:49 a.m. PST

I know it's done, though for the life of me I can't imagine how they make it work.

Many manufacturers dabble. One I didn't see mentioned is Stan Johansen.


Norrins06 Jul 2019 1:24 p.m. PST

Pulp Alley works well for Dr Who as well.

forrester06 Jul 2019 3:07 p.m. PST

The difficulty is that Doctor Who is plot driven, and it's not so easy to find a way to make the Doctor sufficiently effective in a tabletop game.
Of course there's nothing to stop you setting up skirmish games in the Doctor Who universe but without the Doctor present.
Warlord have the licence now so other "not-Doctor" ranges have had to withdraw from the scene. I have their plastic Daleks and Cybermen which are excellent, but I've passed on the character models as like other licenced ranges they have deliberately gone for "32 mm" scale, so they don't fit well with 28mm.
Modern day human troops can be drafted in from elsewher-for example the Gripping Beast Falklands British are ideal for UNIT. Crooked Dice also do generic 70's British troops, which don';t breach copyright.

D A THB06 Jul 2019 4:57 p.m. PST

7TV have character stats that work for Dr Who but I have not tried them out myself. They have a free down load of the rules which would be worth getting.

I have heaps of Black Tree figures but have not gotten around to painting more than a few Daleks.

Mirosav06 Jul 2019 5:09 p.m. PST

Warlord has a game, though the miniatures are at a large scale (35mm) that makes it hard to mix them with other ranges. Their rules might be to your liking. Other rules include the very old Invasion:Earth (maybe still available from Black Tree), 7TV spy-fi version from Crooked Dice and the Doctor Who Miniatures Game, which has a Facebook group with the files.

Fergo11307 Jul 2019 5:22 a.m. PST

Try doing a google search for the Doctor Who Miniatures Game (DWMG). You can even try using the WayBack Machine on google. I have been able to get most of the PDF's for the DWMG that way.

I my view, its an excellent game that captures the feel of the Classic Who era. Some of the Pdf's cover the relaunch of Doctor Who too, including the battle for Canary Wharf with the modern Daleks and Cybermen.

The DWMG manages to capture the use of the Doctor very well also. But I have played a game or two with just the bad guys and it also works very well.

I mostly have Black Tree Design miniatures and they are excellent but 28mm. Its difficult to mix in the Warlord Games mini's, but not impossible. Black Tree Design have the Classic Who era up to the 8th Doctor. They also have weekly sales on their ranges that always include the Doctor Who range.

Scary Robots ate my Puppy07 Jul 2019 10:58 a.m. PST

Imagine a world where the Doctor didn't have a companion to stop him going too far and getting killed. Imagine Torchwood (Canary Warf)knowing that the last line of defense is not coming to save them… so they build a squad of troopers armed with the ultimate weapons and armor to defeat Daleks, Cybermen etc…

forrester07 Jul 2019 2:48 p.m. PST

The Doctor can't be everywhere. He certainly wasn't around to provide sorely needed help to Torchwood and Jack Harkness. It's a big universe.
For a purely military skirmish, you've got the Brigadier and 70's UNIT, or going further forward, there's plenty of background for wars between Earth, Draconia, Daleks..the latter using their pet Ogrons as auxiliaries.
"Day of the Daleks" and "Frontier in Space" spring to mind.

And further forward still, just about everyone got involved in the Time War.

4th Cuirassier08 Jul 2019 9:37 a.m. PST

I was thinking one could rock a 70s vibe with 1/32 Airfix Modern British Infantry, Abbot SPGs, Bedford trucks and Alvis Stalwarts. All fighting Daleks, Cybermen, Sea Devils, whatever.

The problem would surely be game balance, because the aliens all tend to be very slow-moving and never break into a run. So either they're sitting ducks, or UNIT are, because they don't have good enough weapons.

Guthroth24 Jul 2019 12:48 p.m. PST

7TV has mechanics and unofficial stats for Daleks, Silurians, Sontarans, Ice Warriors and Unit plus all the characters.

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