The post box is as iconic an English construction as the police box once was, and if you have any idea what I’m talking about, you’re probably either English or a diehard Doctor Who fan. (In brief – a post box is like a mailbox, but taller and redder, while a police box is like a phone booth, but blue and only calls the police, plus nonexistent any more outside of science-fiction shows. Now you know.)
All of which is a long-winded way of saying that the police box’s most famous inhabitant is indeed coming to the post box, to enter the swirling dark vortex into which your letters sometimes disappear. Only took him fifty years, but you know, timey-wimey and all that. As proof that you don’t have to die to be on a UK stamp – so long as you regenerate, perhaps? – a series of Doctor Who stamps is being issued. From the press release:
The stamps will be available for purchase from 26 March 2013 and available online at royalmail.com/stamps and at Post Offices across the UK. Fans can also pre-order the stamps by registering at royalmail.com/DoctorWho
Our stamps features each of the Eleven Doctors – from William Hartnell, the first ever Doctor, to Matt Smith, the current Time Lord – depicting all the actors who have played the role on the BBC over the last five decades. The stamp designs see the face of each Doctor appearing out of the iconic swirling screen idents, made famous by the opening credits of the TV show.
In addition to the 11 stamps featuring the Doctors, a five stamp miniature sheet will also be available. In the centre of the sheet is a stamp featuring the Doctor’s space and time travelling machine, the world famous Time and Relative Dimension in Space or the TARDIS as it is more commonly known. The remaining four stamps feature some of the Doctor’s most famous foes; a Dalek, a Cyberman, an Ood and a Weeping Angel.
Here they are. If you don’t already have UK friends, start making ’em.