I've been reading the history of inventions first in the book Strange and Fascinating Facts about Famous Brands by Charles Reichblum. Then the latest issue of Time magazine commemorates Thomas Edison, who invented among other things the lightbulb, phonograph and motion pictures. It's interesting to note how these inventions were named and how they came about. Many of them were later used for other purposes, such as the phonograph being adapted for used as an answering machine. Inventing is a creative act, as are art and writing, though they evolve over time.
These action figures were just announced: all eleven Doctors in one set! They are also sold separately and in sets with other figures, such as the First Doctor with "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" Dalek and the Second Doctor with a Cyberman from "Tomb of the Cybermen."
I already have five of the Doctors from Character Options, and the three DapolDoctors. I've just ordered the First Doctor set as well. Before I started roleplaying, I had already begun collecting action figures of Doctor Who and staging scenes with them for photographing, as many people do on Flickr. The selection of action figures from Character Options is very impressive, with many different variants. As is the series of Torchwood figures made by SciFiCollector, though that series has just eight figures so far (also with variations on the Jack action figure).
Seen here are Tosh, Ianto, Jack, Gwen, and John. Other figures in the range are the Cyberwoman, Blowfish and Weevil. This Jack is from the Doctor Who "Utopia" series. There is also a Torchwood version and "The Empty Child" version. I also have these in my collection. The Doctor Who and Torchwood figures are in the same scale, so they can be placed together. They are a great way to display the world of Doctor Who and collect items related to the show.