Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Bonhams auction - 25th June 2014

It’s that time of the year again and another Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia auction is looming.

There are a number of Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures items on offer.

Most of the Doctor Who items are left over the from the previous sale in December last year, now with considerably reduced estimates and reserves.

The McCoy Panama hat on sale has an erroneous handkerchief around it, which is a bit peculiar.

Lot 102
DOCTOR WHO: AN ORIGINAL COSTUME DESIGN FOR SYLVESTER MCCOY AS THE 7TH DOCTOR, pencil watercolour and felt-pen, signed and inscribed by the designer, Silvester McCoy Dr Who - April 4th 1987 Ken Trew April 2.87, mounted and framed, 17¾ x 28¼ inches (45 x 72cm) overall

Estimate £4,000 - 4,500

Lot 103
DOCTOR WHO: A COLLECTION OF SCRIPTS FROM THE SYLVESTER MCCOY ERA, TOGETHER WITH LIGHT AND FLOOR PLANS the scripts comprising 'The Curse Of Fenric', Pts 1-3, 'Battlefield', Pts. 3 and and Camera Script, and 'Ghost Light', Recording Order, three various Camera Scripts and Transmission Scripts for Pts 1 and 2, some incomplete; together with some dozen studio plans for 'Ghost Light'

Estimate £600 - 800

Lot 104
DOCTOR WHO: SYLVESTER MCCOY - AN ORIGINAL SCREEN-USED AND SIGNED TRADEMARK PANAMA HAT, a silk Paisley handkerchief attached as a hatband, the inside signed and inscribed in black marker This belongs to Sylvester McCoy, inner band stamped Panama Type Bates 21A Jermyn Street London SW, Size 7.

Estimate £800 - 1,200

Lot 105
DOCTOR WHO: 'REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS' - AN ORIGINAL CONTROL PANEL FROM THE SERIES, 1988, comprising a black-painted hardboard panel pierced for triangular and circular perspex sections to the reverse, with yellow, green and red plastic overlays, 18 x 19 inches (46x48cm)

Estimate £300 - 500

Lot 106
DOCTOR WHO: THE CURSE OF FENRIC, 1989, A HAEMOVORE HEAD, moulded and painted foam latex, a half-head prosthetic mask with elastic backstraps; together with another moulded and painted foam full-head, production uncertain, inside indistinctly inscribed in red marker A.J. Ke.., each approximately 12 inches (30cm) high.

Sold on behalf of the charity, The Haven, London. For further information, visit www.thehaven.org.uk/

Estimate £250 - 300

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Screen-used 7th Doctor items on eBay

It’s funny sometimes what turns up on eBay.
This month an item from the 2010 Bonhams Doctor Who auction is up for sale.

It sold for £180 back in 2010, and resold here for £565.55.

Time And The Rani
The Time Brain

SOLD FOR £565.55

Here is the sale of one of my original props that I purchased at the Bonham's Doctor Who auction in 2010.

This is the Time Brain from the 7th Doctor story Time and the Rani. This was Sylvester McCoy's first story and also starred Kate O'Mara way back in 1987.

This large brain was the centre piece of the story. It is a moulded fibreglass piece that has various pipes and veins on it. The brain was then painted with latex. Under the latex there were several plastic bags placed that were connected to pipes.

The pipes were connected to an air supply (probably a small compressor or similar) which would be used to inflate the bags to give the illusion of the brain pulsating. Inside the brain there are four spot lights and provision for a fluorescent tube although this is missing. The spots work and are wired to a standard 3 pin UK plug (240v)

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Tetraps on eBay!

This week on eBay I spotted part of an original Tetrap costume from Time And The Rani.

The torso with part legs and arms was original sold at the 2010 Bonhams Auction, but is sadly missing a head.

Well, it just so happens a Tetrap head is also for sale - though this is a replica which may or may not have been displayed at exhibitions.

Time And The Rani - Tetrap Body

Lot 89 at the Bonhams 2010 Doctor Who Auction Time and the Rani, September 1987 An original Tetrap costume.

The Tetraps were the bat-pig-bear hired heavies working for the villainous Rani as she terrorised the planet of Lakertya. 

This costume is in excellent condition considering it is over 27 years old. It look like it is fresh from the set of Sylvester McCoy's debut story. 

There are very few signs of degrading. The actual base of the costume is a one piece fabric body suit decorated in goat's fur.

The wings too are in very good condition. They are made of real leather, ribbed with a skeletal piping.

The chest and stomach are made from foam latex. After much research I have discovered that this costume was for many years exhibited at the MOMI Doctor Who exhibition at London's South Bank, hence the superb quality. Good luck and thanks for bidding.

Time And The Rani -
Tetrap Replica Head

Incredibly rare prop replica. Made by BBC visual effects for the Longleat Doctor Who Exhibition circa 1996 after the famous fire which destroyed many of the props. Cast from the original Tetrap moulds which have long since been destroyed.

I purchased this directly from the BBC visual effects department for a small fortune after the exhibition no longer required it. The Tetraps were the bat-pig-bear hired heavies for the villainous Rani as she terrorised the planet of Lakertya. They were first seen in Sylvester McCoy's colourful debut "Time and the Rani" 1987.

This is cast is sturdy foam latex and expertly air brushed and decorated with four plastic eyes and realistic fur. Own an interesting piece of Doctor Who memorabilia. One of a kind. Thanks for looking and good luck with the bidding!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Original Heamovore costume on eBay

The Curse Of Fenric
Original Heamovore Costume

Hi you are bidding on an original costume used in The Curse Of Fenric.

It consists of a tunic and trousers and black boots, originally sold at Longleat some years ago.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Gallifrey One 2014 -
Kandyman THE REVEAL!

Thought you might like to see this.

My friend Kevin Coppa, who I made the Ultimate Tennant Suit for, has always been a fan of the Kandyman - don’t ask me why.
For several years now he’s wanted to build his own costume to wear at Gallifrey One and this was gonna be the year he did it.

Sadly though a variety of bad luck and ill health he had to put his plans on hold, meaning he would miss yet another chance to surprise everyone with his planned Kandyman costume.

Well, the liquorice boot was on the other foot, as a number of his close friends, myself included, colluded to build him his Kandyman suit as surprise - only revealing it to him on the day before Gallifrey One kicked off.

I provided the measurements used to make his suit, which were passed to Malaki Keller, who is an absolute GENIUS with sheet foam. He was the brains behind the build.

The reveal was made under the guise of a rehearsal for one of Bob Mitsch’s sketches and I kept Kevin out of the way until the were set and ready. I walked through with him, and videoed his reaction.

I leave you to watch his stunned face when he realises
(1) they have built the Kandyman;
(2) they want HIM to wear it; and
(3) it is for him to KEEP.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

SCREEN USED 7th Doctor items on eBay

I found this item for sale on eBay.

Curse of Fenric Haemovore Skin with display card
Here is a great chance to own a piece of an original screen used costume.

This piece of skin comes from an original Haemovore costume sold at the famous Bonhams auction of February 2010. This piece of skin was carefully removed from the rest of the costume after it became loose. Complete with a display card its a must for all Dr. Who fans. I had planned to get this framed, but I do not have the time. When framed it would look stunning.

The skin is 100% guaranteed original.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Ken Trew RIP

Today the television news was full of the sad death of Roger Lloyd Pack, who played John Lumic in Rise of the Cybermen.

But today also saw the sad passing of costume designer Ken Trew, who was pivotal in the creation of The Seventh Doctor’s look.

Ken was credited on 26 episodes, dating from the early 1970s with Jon Pertwee in Terror of the Autons; and the Fifth Doctor story Snakedance.

Later he worked on the Colin Baker story The Mysterious Planet; before taking on the designing of the Seventh Doctor’s costume in his debut story, Time and the Rani.

He returned to design costumes for further McCoy adventurers, Remembrance of the Daleks, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric and Survival.

By working on Terror of the Autons AND Survival, he held the unusual honour of designing the first and last appearances of The Master in the classic series.

Ken appeared on a number of DVD releases talking about his work on the series, sharing his time with us.

As well as Doctor Who, Ken worked on a variety of television series, including The Onedin Line, Bergerac, A Very Peculiar Practice (starring Peter Davison) and Doomwatch.

He will be greatly missed.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Battle Of The Heamovores

As you know, I keep my eyes open for you on eBay and bring you the bits and pieces of screen worn costumes that come up for sale from time to time.

A real trend lately has been the selling of discarded pieces of the prosthetic masks made for the series, particularly the Silurians from Warriors Of The Deep and the Heamovores from Curse Of Fenric.

It would appear that there are a couple of sellers plying their wears on eBay. Here is what one of them is currently offering.

The Curse Of Fenric
Haemovore skin

Dr Who Original Screen Used Prop from the story 'The Curse of Fenric' This is a great piece.

Dr Who props have become scare due to the new interest. This is from my own collection. There are hardly any of these around. Grab a piece of History before it is too late.

I did have a Certificate of Aunthenticity but I cant find it- I will add it in if I find it. Amazing piece.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

GENUINE 7th Doctor items on eBay

I haven’t spotted many original Seventh Doctor items on eBay recently, but this one did catch my eye.

Silver Nemesis
Cyberman gun

Here we have what is quite literally a once in a lifetime opportunity, to own a genuine piece of Doctor Who history. This is an original, screen used, Cyberman gun from the 1988 25th anniversary story 'Silver Nemesis'. Never before has a gun like this been up for public sale, even at Bonhams! The gun is 1 of 8 that were originally made for the story, and is 1 of only 2 or 3 COMPLETE guns that remain today.

The gun is in magnificent condition for a prop that is 25 years old, no cracks or breaks or anything of the sort. The gun has been stored in an air-tight, ultra-violet resistant, custom made display case, which is also included in this listing. The gun has the obvious golden colour to it, which as I'm sure everyone knows, occurred when the original chrome props were sprayed with lacquer to make them shine on camera.

This gun was originally owned by a prop collector named Chris Balcombe, who I'm sure some of you are familiar with. The gun was then acquired by arguably the biggest Doctor Who props dealer in the world, and owner of www.doctorwhoprops.com and www.thepropgallery.com, Jamie Smyth. I obtained the gun directly from Jamie, only a few years ago. There are plenty of photos circulating of this prop being held by Mike Tucker, the chap who originally made the 8 guns for the BBC back in the 80's, when he inspected this gun and passed it as original.

The Happiness Patrol
Drone Mask
SOLD FOR £181.76

Original as seen and used on screen Doctor Who prop from the Sylvester McCoy story "The Happiness Patrol" 1988 Drone Mask.

Your chance to own a piece of television history in the Doctor's 50th year, the perfect Christmas present for the Whovian in your life or for yourself.

Stored in a smoke free home.

Purchased by myself from a one day Doctor Who convention in a hotel close to Heathrow London in 1996 the auctioneer was Richard Franklin who played Captain Mike Yates of UNIT.

Name inside of mask Paul Holmes. Easily mounted on the wall for display.

I paid cash for the item and there were no receipts or catalogues.
Happy to supply letter of authenticity.

I am starting the auction at 99p with no buy it now, so you may grab a bargain.
I have already had some interest in this item but I do not intend to finish the auction early or to do a deal outside ebay so please do not ask.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Doctor Who Celebration -
costume exhibition

This weekend’s Doctor Who Celebration has been a feast for the eyes for fans.

As well as catering for those who have come to Who through the relaunch series, there has been a good nod to the history of the show with a wide variety of guests and an extensive exhibition of costumes culled from Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience.

They had a near complete set of Doctor’s costumes on show (missing was the Eighth and War Doctors) arranged in a circle around Bessie.

The Seventh Doctor costume on show was not the one from The Experience. In fact it is actually from the tv Movie when Sylvester returned to the role to hand over to Paul McGann.

Other Seventh Doctor item on display include a Tetrap from Time And The Rani, the debut McCoy adventure; and a cat person from Survival, what turned out to be the final classic series adventure.

There was also the stylish grey two-piece costume Ace wore in The Curse Of Fenric.

If you want to see the costumes for the other Doctors at the exhibition, click the links below

Third Doctor             Fourth Doctor
Fifth Doctor                Sixth Doctor

Doctor Who Celebration -
Sue Moore and Steve Mansfield

There was a LOT to see at the Doctor Who Celebration, and it was quite hard to get round to see everything.
The costume display was an obvious draw for me, and it was worth dropping back form time to time and catch up with some of the designers and costume makers who were on hand and happy to chat.

During the 1980s period of the show Sue Moore and Steve Mansfield became the new John Freidlander when they created some amazing monster.

They brought along a great display of their work, including The Destroyer from Battlefield, and a collection of Heamovores from The Curse Of Fenric.

I had a great chat with them, talking about their work on Doctor Who as well as Terrahawks.
Sue and Steve were signing autographs too, and I got them to sign my book.