'Doctor Who' to be honored on British postage stamps

7:20 PM, Dec 26, 2012   |    comments
Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor on one of the UK's Doctor Who stamps (Royal Mail)
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(NBC) -- Good news, fans of the legendary sci-fi show "Doctor Who"! The 11 actors who've played the Doctor will now be on stamps! And, bad news! They won't be sold in the U.S., just in the U.K.! (Though Stateside fans and collectors will certainly buy them anyway.)

"It's 50 years since a strange old man stepped out of a Police Box in a scrapyard down Totter's Lane, and the most beloved and exciting television series in the universe began," reads the Royal Mail's website about the stamps, which will be available in March.

There's a stamp depicting each one of the 11 actors who've played the mysterious lead character, with the first two stamps, showing William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, in black-and-white. Curly-haired Tom Baker is perhaps the most associated with the role, since he played it the longest, from 1974 to 1981. His stamp appears to show just a hint of the famous long scarf he wore, which later became a major part of many a fan's Halloween repertoire.

The Doctors will all be first-class British postage stamps, but four villains from the show -- the Daleks, the Ood, the Weeping Angels and the Cybermen -- will also be honored with second-class stamps. The villain stamps will be sold on a sheet also including a first-class stamp featuring the TARDIS, the Doctor's time machine.

The BBC show originally ran from 1963 to 1989 and was brought back in 2005. Matt Smith, the current star, took over the role in 2010.

The stamps mark the show's 50th anniversary in 2013. The show's head writer, Stephen Moffat, told the BBC that "tremendous surprises" were in store for the program's landmark year, but also warned he wouldn't be giving anything away, saying "They wouldn't be surprises if I accidentally said them now, would they?"

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