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Brick-er on the inside: Official Lego 'Doctor Who' set coming this year

An idea from a fan will become the first official Lego set based on the adventures of the wandering Time Lord.

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"Doctor Who" fan Andrew Clark's idea for a Lego set features assorted Time Lords, companions and monsters -- and one trusty Tardis. Andrew Clark/Lego Ideas

The Doctor's next regeneration will involve a lot of studs. Lego has officially confirmed a deal with the BBC to create an official "Doctor Who" set, based on an idea submitted by a fan.

On the air since 1963, with the title character played by 12 (or more) people, "Doctor Who" has a vast range of heroes, villains and settings to choose from.

The new set will be based on a design created by fan Andrew Clark and submitted to the Lego Ideas website. Although the final form is yet to be revealed, Clark's idea includes a brick-built Tardis that opens up to form the control room complete with central console.

Clark proposes minifig versions of current Doctor Peter Capaldi and previous incarnations David Tennant or Tom Baker -- with sonic screwdrivers, of course. They'll be ably assisted by companions Clara and Rose, and menaced by Cybermen and Weeping Angels. The set is rounded out by minifig-scale versions of a Dalek and friendly robot dog K-9.

Previously known as Lego Cuusoo, Lego Ideas allows anyone to submit their own designs for fans to vote on their favourites. Should a design garner 10,000 votes, the company considers it for production. Lego's in-house designers tweak the design, and the set is then officially manufactured and sold around the world.

Original ideas adopted for production by Lego include a research institute peopled by female scientists and a model of the real life Curiosity River currently tootling around Mars. Many fans submit designs based on their favourite movies, TV shows, games and other properties, and Lego has also produced sets based on " Ghostbusters" and "Back to the Future".

But despite making a popular choice for designers, "Doctor Who" was previously ruled out to the BBC's licensing agreement with Lego clone Character Building. That ban lapsed a year ago, and now that the Beeb's commercial arm BBC Worldwide has done the deal with Lego, the first official "Who" Lego sets will appear before the end of the year. Prices will be announced nearer the time.

The Doctor will be joined by Wall-E, in a set based on a submission by Pixar animator Angus MacLane, who actually worked on the film.

These are the only two sets to be approved from 2014's second round of contenders. Models of Darth Vader's lightsaber, the X-Men Mansion and the Hubble telescope have been sadly ruled out as official sets, but that doesn't take away from the coolness of those fan-made designs. Applause to all.

The final round of 2014's ideas will be evaluated later this year, and include proposed sets based on " Jurassic Park", "The Avengers", "The Goonies" and "Lord of the Rings".

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