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$4,496
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
92
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 15 2015 4:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

AN IMPORTANT NOTE HAS BEEN ADDED BELOW (JUST BEFORE THE REWARDS SECTION)...

From the humblest of beginnings in 1998 (a single shelf in a home office) to a 4000+ sq. ft. warehouse with office in Indianapolis, Indiana, this project will give insight into the history of America's largest exclusive Doctor Who store.

http://www.indystar.com/story/entertainment/movies/2014/03/13/doctor-who-north-america-tardis-capaldi-bbc-indianapolis-bradbury-dalek/6361539/

http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/gen-con-2013-inside-who-north-america/Content?oid=2656479

Doctor Who is a British Science Fiction television series, first broadcast in 1963. The series is currently in production and enjoys some of its strongest ratings in its 50 year history.

Who North America is an internet-based business (http://www.whona.com) catering to United States fans of the series.

My name is Keith Bradbury, owner of Who North America. I watched Doctor Who as a kid in the late 70's and into the 1980's. I was a huge fan of the show. One of the things that always bothered me is that I could not find any toys or collectibles in the United States. You might find Doctor Who books in the bookstore, but there was nothing that compared with the widespread availability of Star Wars action figures, for example.

When the internet started to really take off in the 1990's, I got in touch with some companies in the United Kingdom and told them I wanted to bring some Doctor Who items into the United States. Doctor Who had been off the air for a few years and it was a "dying brand" at the time, but I still loved the show and wanted to get the product.

Ever since then, I have been selling Doctor Who products in the United States. But selling is not my only goal. For years, I have been setting aside product in our "museum" of Doctor Who collectibles. This has always been free for the public to browse and enjoy. We even have a Doctor Who pinball machine on freeplay just for people to experience when they visit our facility. I have product from all the way back in 1965 when Doctor Who was first merchandised up until the present.

Our history is more than just selling product. It is about our customers, building a business from the ground up, and being a base for North American Doctor Who fandom.

WHY LAUNCH THIS KICKSTARTER?
Quite simply, we have a need. We are literally between a rock and a hard place. We need room to grow. We have no extra funds to do this. Our current office space is too small for all we want to accomplish. For example, we want to expand our museum of Doctor Who Collectibles produced throughout the 50 year run of the program. Our current contents are literally crammed within glass display cases in a relatively tiny room in our current office space. The museum is free to peruse and our Doctor Who Pinball machine is always on freeplay, but there is simply not enough space to show off all the cool stuff we have!

We would like to move to a new location--preferably purchase our own property! Oh, but that is a lot of money and we would need at least $100,000 to accomplish that. So we are starting small. Our first goal is $5000. If we can reach that, we can at least accomplish ONE thing in our existing space: fix the lights. Yes, our lights are old, the ballasts have gone bad on many units, and we simply do not have the funds to get the whole project done--so much of our capital is tied up in our inventory.

This is where you can help us! Support our project! There are all sorts of fun incentives for various levels, all related to Doctor Who and all of the items at the various pledge levels are on hand (except the history of our store, which we will write).

The History of Who North America will at least be a booklet. We do not know how exactly how many pages yet, but we will start work on that project immediately.

Many of you have been, no doubt, loyal customers who have supported us through the years. Some of you had no clue we even existed. Either way, we want you to take part in helping us to grow as a business. The money raised here goes back into the business. One way or another, this will help us do some necessary upgrades to our facilities. Kickstarter is all or nothing; if we do not reach our goal, we won't see a dime. That's why we are starting small. But that is not all we want to accomplish, so aim high!

IMPORTANT NOTE:

We have had several local Indianapolis customers ask for local pickup, but the Kickstarter does not give this option. As a result, we are asking all those who wish to pledge and pick up locally to pledge at "NO REWARD" the dollar amount of the reward you desire. We will then hold the items upon successful funding of the Kickstarter and you can pick them up at your next visit. That is the only workaround we can come up with.

REWARDS (Images NOT to Scale)

1) SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY, $2

Get the Story of Who North America in PDF form. Read it knowing you have helped us move closer to our goal...and maybe the bad ballasts won't turn out our lights!

COVER IMAGE FOR OUR HISTORY
COVER IMAGE FOR OUR HISTORY

PLEASE NOTE: The above image REPLACES the images that appear in the following items as "The History of Who North America." (Updated 2/17/2015)

2) TIME OF THE ANGELS, $10

Get the Story of Who North America and a 3.75" Projected Weeping Angel action figure. And whatever you do...don't blink!

3) SCHOOL REUNION, $12

Get the Story of Who North America, Who North America's Exclusive TARDIS Poster, and a Who North America pouch with 4 colored pencils, a sharpener/eraser combo, and a child-size notebook.

4) THE DOCTOR'S WIFE, $35

Get the Story of Who North America, Who North America's Exclusive TARDIS Poster, and the following jewelry: TARDIS Dangler Earrings, Sonic Screwdriver Necklace, Sonic Screwdriver Earrings (all officially licensed by the BBC).

5) The Pyramids of Mars, $40

Get the Story of Who North America and the following action figures: 4th Doctor (from Pyramids of Mars), Sutekh and two mummies Pyramids of Mars set.

 6) THE TWO DOCTORS, $60

Get the Story of Who North America and the following action figures: 2nd Doctor and Dalek, 6th Doctor and Dalek. Bonus DVD, Nicola Bryant's "In the footsteps of the Two Doctors!"

7) THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR, $250

Get the Story of Who North America, a RARE 2013 WhoNAtion autographed photo of Peter Davison, an Autographed Photo of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan (Signed by Both), an Autographed Photo of Sylvester McCoy, and an Autographed Promotional Poster featuring Nicholas Briggs (voice of the Daleks) and Jason Haigh-Ellery (Producer, Big Finish). 6 AUTOGRAPHS TOTAL ON 4 PICTURES!

NOTE: Tom Baker has NOT signed this promotional poster.

BONUS: Michael Troughton (son of the 2nd Doctor, Patrick Troughton) has signed some photos with him and his late father. Now included in the "NAME OF THE DOCTOR" reward collection of autographs!

Michael Troughton with father Patrick.
Michael Troughton with father Patrick.

Risks and challenges

There is always a risk that completion of the Story will take a bit longer than expected. There is a risk that it will not be as long or as detailed (or even as exciting) as you hoped! Nevertheless, this is our fulltime job and we will make it happen!

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    SCHOOL REUNION: Get the Story of Who North America, Who North America's Exclusive TARDIS Poster, and a Who North America pouch with 4 colored pencils, a sharpener/eraser combo, and a child-size notebook.

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    THE DOCTOR'S WIFE: Get the Story of Who North America, Who North America's Exclusive TARDIS Poster, and the following jewelry: TARDIS Dangler Earrings, Sonic Screwdriver Necklace, Sonic Screwdriver Earrings (all officially licensed by the BBC).

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    THE PYRAMIDS OF MARS: Get the Story of Who North America and the following action figures: 4th Doctor (from Pyramids of Mars), Sutekh and two mummies Pyramids of Mars set.

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    THE TWO DOCTORS: Get the Story of Who North America and the following action figures: 2nd Doctor and Dalek, 6th Doctor and Dalek. Bonus DVD, Nicola Bryant's "In the footsteps of the Two Doctors!"

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    THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR: Get the Story of Who North America, a RARE 2013 WhoNAtion autographed photo of Peter Davison, an Autographed Photo of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan (Signed by Both), an Autographed Photo of Sylvester McCoy, and an Autographed Promotional Poster featuring Nicholas Briggs (voice of the Daleks) and Jason Haigh-Ellery (Producer, Big Finish).

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- (30 days)