A set of stamps issued today to commemorate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary have broken sales records at Royal Mail, attracting more pre-orders than any other stamp set produced by the company.
The first class stamps, which are now available to buy online and in 9,000 Post Office branches, feature images of every actor to star in Doctor Who since it was first broadcast in 1963.
There’s also a mixed sheet of stamps featuring the TARDIS and four of the BBC sci-fi drama’s most iconic villains: a Dalek, a Cyberman, a Weeping Angel and an Ood.
“We’ve had a fantastic response from the public who seemingly can’t wait for the stamps,” said Royal Mail’s managing director of stamps and collectibles Andrew Hammond.
“This is a fitting tribute to this remarkable 50th anniversary and we hope our stamps will enable people across the UK to feel part of the celebrations of such a national treasure.”
The collection was launched last night at an event in London attended by Peter Davison, Tom Baker, Paul McGann and Matt Smith, who are among the actors whose faces adorn the stamps. Here are a few pics from the launch:
The 4th Doctor, The 5th Doctor & The 8th Doctors pose with their stamps
In addition to the stamps, Royal Mail is also creating unique postmarks in each of the Doctor’s hometowns, meaning that post mailed in Northampton, for example – where Matt Smith is from – will feature a postmark with the actor’s name and the length of time he’s played the role.
Go here to purchase the stamp collections