The Doctor Who 5" figures have been in limbo for some time now. They were essentially stopped by Character back in 2014 when the scale was moved to a smaller 3.75" figure. While the smaller figures did well initially, they ended up warming pegs and turning up at clearance and it was recently announced they were now finished.
While 5" collectors have had a few sets since 2014 thanks to retailers exclusives, a lot of these were driven by Underground Toys in the US via the Character licence agreement. That avenue was closed as Underground Toys were purchased by Funko. So after a year without any new figures fans were probably thinking this was it for the whole Doctor Who line as we know it - and then this pops up on Christmas Day via Twitter posted first by Pearl Mackie and then by one of the Doctor Who fan sites.
"Merry Christmas from the 5” Bill Potts action figure, who may be coming to a store near you soon... " @DWPageOFFICIAL
Bill looks fabulous and the head sculpt looks to be one of the best yet from Character. And yet she does retain the look and articulation of the main 5" line so won't look out of place.
Whether this is another single retailer exclusive, or something bigger remains to be seen. Intriguingly we did read about David Bradley (the 1st Doctor in this years Xmas Special) saying he had an Action Figure too (can't find source now) and that could mean a set from the Xmas special or the reboot of the 5" line ready for the Jodie Whitaker era?
We await more news eagerly