Review: Doctor Who Queen Elizabeth Magnetic Finger Puppet

Photo of a Queen Elizabeth I finger puppet wearing a green ruffled dress, blue pendant necklace, earrings and head piece. The puppet is perched on a pencil and a light in the room is casting a menacing shadow of the puppet and my wife's arm onto the wall behind. The queen does not look amused.

My uncle gave our daughter a Queen Elizabeth I finger puppet a few months ago made by the Unemployed Philosophers Guild. He found it at a theater’s gift shop.

Yep, it’s the same Queen Elizabeth I from the BBC’s Doctor Who scifi TV episodes The Chase and The Shakespeare Code.

It warms my heart to hear my 4-year-old daughter playing with her finger puppets while screaming, “Doctor! My sworn enemy! Off with his head! Stop him! Stop that pernicious Doctor!”

If only. No, the Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild makes finger puppets for childless infantilized adults who cling to their youth through quasi-office toys such as these puppets that are fashioned in the likenesses of literary and historical figures.

My daughter has a sizable finger puppet collection, so the masterfully adorned, if ugly, likeness of Elizabeth fits in nicely. Once my daughter realized there was a magnet embedded in the queen’s head (ostensibly to pull double duty as a fridge magnet), she has enjoyed adhering Her Royalness to various objects around our home.

Now, this puppet is only appropriate for a child who can treat toys delicately and doesn’t insert things in her mouth. The queen’s jewelry, for example, could easily be pried off by a toddler and swallowed. So, save science fiction toys for when your child matures. Thankfully, my daughter gave up eating rocks long ago.

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild makes 70 finger puppets. Doctor Who fans may specifically enjoy these other science fiction offerings:


5 Responses to “Review: Doctor Who Queen Elizabeth Magnetic Finger Puppet”

  1. Beckie says:

    But does it come with a werewolf too?

    Super cool find :)

    June 11th, 2008 at 12:51 am

  2. AJ says:

    Ahh, the Tooth and Claw werewolf episode was good, but it featured Queen Victoria.

    A great kid-friendly quote (albeit more for 12-year-olds) in that episode is when they’re trapped in a study with the werewolf outside. “You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! Best weapons in the world. This room is the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself.”

    Queen Elizabeth appears for a couple lines at the end of The Shakespeare Code episode where she calls for the Doctor’s head, presumably having met him at some previous point in history.

    I realize this review is a flimsy joke wasted on the majority of Thinga-readers (who don’t watch Doctor Who), but I couldn’t resist. My point being, it’s not really a Doctor Who finger puppet.

    June 11th, 2008 at 1:08 am

  3. Katie says:

    Doctor Who is the best television show ever made. Your joke made me laugh right out loud.

    June 11th, 2008 at 6:24 am

  4. brettdl says:

    You’re going to have to hide all those puppets as soon as child No. 2 is crawling.

    In the meantime, I think I understand why these Philosophers are unemployed.

    June 11th, 2008 at 7:00 am

  5. Pippin says:

    Just the other day my husband and I were wondering why no one has made a Tardis toy…

    June 12th, 2008 at 6:33 am