Thursday, 18 February 2016

Best Doctor Who 80s T-shirts

I've been a Doctor Who fan for over four decades, and I grew up on the original, classic Doctor Who series  back in the 1970's, which featured Jon Pertwee and then Tom Baker as the timelord. Of course, the series actually started in 1963 (long before I was born) with William Hartnell being the first ever Doctor.

The original Doctor Who series came to an end in 1989 while Sylvester McCoy was playing the seventh Doctor. Anyone living in the UK aged around 30+ will have some memories of the classic series, and the DVD releases by the BBC remain very popular.

Anyway, I could waffle on about the subject for many an hour, but as this post is actually about T-shirts, let's discuss them!

If you're trying to conjure up a gift idea for a sci-fi or Who fan, then at one of these quirky T-shirt ideas should be useful to you. I've picked out some of the best retro or 80s themed designs, some of which are real head-turners!

Before I start, you may be interested to know that there is an official Doctor Who store at both Amazon UK and, and you'll find a wide variety of quirky products. If you're a Whovian then trust me, you really need to visit these stores...

Doctor Who shop UK

Doctor Who shop U.S.

If you're from the UK, then I can also recommend visiting the BBC store, too.


Okay, let's take a look at some T-shirts!

Doctor Who Tom Baker comic T-shirt
Dr. Who comic Tom Baker T-shirt
Fans of the fourth Doctor or the Dr Who comics will love this T-shirt. The image is taken from "The Return of the Daleks"comic book and is available in adult sizes from small to XX-large. This design isn't available in the U.S., unfortunately.

Doctor Who Tardis T-Shirt
Tardis with Union Jack T-shirt
Now, this is a pretty cool design. Featuring a glowing Tardis design with distressed British flag, this has a vintage feel and is made from 100% pre-shrunk cotton and available for men in black or grey. It's one of the most popular T-shirts on Amazon, although it's not available for ladies for some reason - sorry ladies! Sold by Ripple Junction in the U.S. and the official Doctor Who store in the UK, this tee is available at Amazon UK and

University Of Gallifrey T-Shirt
University of Gallifrey T-shirt
The most popular Doctor Who T-Shirt in the UK is actually for ladies, proving that the days of sci-fi geeks being a male only domain are long gone! Without wishing to sound patronising, Gallifrey is the home planet of the Doctor and the timelords, just in case you're wondering! There are numerous variations of this design available for adults.

University of Gallifrey T-shirts at Amazon UK

University of Gallifrey T-shirts at

Tardis (Police Box) T-shirt
Tardis - Police Box T-shirt
This fabulous design is a personal favourite, and is proving to be a very popular choice for Who fans. I sell many of these through my links on my website ( This exact design isn't available in the U.S., but there are several alternatives.

Tardis T-shirt U.S.

Tardis T-shirt UK

Dalek Space Invaders 80s T-shirt
Tardis Invaders Game T-shirt
Now, here's a great idea for a game - dalek invaders! Based, of course, on the classic Space Invaders, this design would be ideal for wearing to an 80s party/event and would be a great talking point. Tees are available for both men and women.

Officially Licensed Tee (UK only)

Dalek Invaders T-shirts UK

Dalek Invaders T-shirts U.S.

Based on the iconic Abbey Road zebra crossing image by The Beatles, the band have been replaced with four Doctor's emerging from the TARDIS. It's a very inventive idea and there are many suppliers selling this design or adults and kids. If you're from the UK then I would recommend buying from Eat Sleep Shop Repeat at Amazon for the best quality. They supply the T-shirt in 12 colour choices and sizes up to XXXXXL. However, you can see all suppliers selling the tee using the following links;

Gallifrey Road T-shirts UK

Gallifrey Road T-shirts U.S.

Official Dalek Haynes Manual T-shirt
Official Dalek Haynes Manual T-shirt by BBC

This is a stylish and fun design which features a dalek as it would feature on the cover of a Haynes manual -  should you ever wish to repair one! Back in the 80s, many people would repair their own cars with the help of a Haynes manual. This is a great idea and this officially licensed T-shirt from the BBC shop at Amazon UK is available in sizes small to XX-large. This design is not available in the U.S., although you can a similar design on a blue T-shirt from the Doctor Who store at

K-9 Doctor Who Haynes Manual T-shirt
K-9 Haynes Manual T-shirt
You either loved or hated K-9, but fans of the robotic dog (who was the fourth Doctor's companion) will love this T-shirt which is an official design.

K-9 T-shirt at Amazon UK

Sadly, this design isn't available in the U.S., but you may be interested in this next design...

K-9 poster T-shirt
K-9 Poster T-shirt XXXL
This tee is only available in a size XXXL and in a sand colour, but it is an official design, at least, and customer reviews have been very positive.

K-9 Poster Tee at

Keep Calm Have A Jelly baby Doctor Who T-shirt

There are numerous "Keep Calm" T-shirts available with a Doctor Who theme, and this particular one (which is an official design) is my favourite. Fans of the classic series will know that the fourth Doctor (played by Tom Baker) was very fond of Jelly Babies and one even offered one to Davros! These tees are amusing, on trend and an ideal gift for Whovians.

Keep Calm Have A Jelly Baby T-shirt UK

Keep Calm Have A Jelly Baby T-shirt U.S.

All Keep Calm Doctor Who T-shirts UK

All Keep Calm Doctor Who T-shirts U.S.

Well, I hope you like the designs that I have picked. If you're a fan then also visit the Dr Who page at my 80s website for video clips, pictures and info.

You can see many more 80s costume ideas for men on my website

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