Wizards of the Coast announced today that a Doctor Who crossover is in the works for Magic: The Gathering. The latest in a growing list of TV show crossovers, Magic will get new cards and four unique commander decks featuring Doctor Who characters sometime in Q3 of 2023.
Magic’s crossover products fall under a label WOTC calls “Universes Beyond,” separating them from its own canonical universe. For example, today’s Wizards Presents reveal event also gave additional details on a Lord of the Rings-themed set coming out in 2023, though that one will be much larger than the Doctor Who crossover.
The structure of this one is more similar to the upcoming Warhammer 40K commander decks, but it will have booster packs as well. There will be four different Doctor Who commander decks, each with at least some brand new cards depicting characters or events from the show just like the 40K decks. The packs coming alongside those will be Collector Boosters, likely containing special art treatments and foil versions of cards made for the crossover.
While specific cards weren’t shown, we did already get a look at the art for a few of them (viewable in the gallery above). That includes a depiction of Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor giving his iconic speech at the Pandorica, Jo Martin’s Fugitive Doctor, Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor, and even 12 Doctors saving Gallifrey from the Daleks. We’ll have to wait and see what the mechanics of these cards will look like, but so far they seem to be very character-focused.
The exact release date of this crossover hasn’t been revealed, but WOTC says it will be timed around some of Doctor Who’s own show plans in the second half of next year. This is far from the first TV show to arrive on a Magic card either — The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Arcane, and even My Little Pony have all been apart of the Universes Beyond initiative. Magic has also seen crossovers with videogames too, from Street Fighter to Fortnite.
The Wizards Presents event also detailed Magic’s 2023 set plans, as well as WOTC’s upcoming plans for Dungeons and Dragons. Most notably, the tabletop roleplaying game is doing away with “editions” for a new system it calls D&D One, but it will also be reviving the Planescape setting.
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