Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Figurine Collection - Seventh Doctor

I haven’t reported on this publication much, but now for Seventh Doctor fans (and me) there is a good reason to talk about it.

Issue 51 has just been published, and it features The Seventh Doctor, complete with obligatory figurine.

Inside the accompanying magazine there are all manner of articles containing facts and information.

One of these is specifically about Sylvester McCoy’s costume.

I have a particular interest in this article - as I wrote it!

A little while back I was approached by the editors to take on the writing of all future articles relating to The Doctor’s costumes, and have been engaging in doing so for several months now. I have also been acting as a consultant on costume related things.

So far I have written a number of articles - but I am duty bound not to reveal what I have been writing, until after their publication.

Now finally, after issue 51 is now on news-stands, I can reveal my involvement.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection
The Seventh Doctor

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Original 7th Doctor items on eBay -
July 2015

prop gun

Meanwhile, someone is selling of their script collection on eBay this month, and here are the times relating to the Seventh Doctor.

Strange Matter (Time And The Rani)
Episode 4 rehearsal script

Listed is a original BBC Doctor Who Script once owned by the late producer John Nathan Turner.

The Rehearsal script is entitled Strange Matter, episode four, and was the original working title before changed to the now familiar Time and the Rani (Dated : 24.3.87) starring Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor. The item is in very good order, although shows slight pin rust, and is fragile being 28yrs old. So take this into consideration.

The item was kept by John in a filing cabinet for many years until his sad passing, then sold by his friend TV presenter Stephen Cranford who provided a signed letter of provenance which accompanies this great collectors item whoever wins this.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Who Cares? I don’t believe it!

This weekend was the latest event organised by Tenth Planet Events.

I've been regularly attending their conventions and signing days over the past couple of years, and thoroughly enjoyed them all. Always well organised, relaxed and well attended - I keep an eye on what's next in their calendar.

The convention this weekend was a charity fundraiser in aid of Denville Hall, a retirement home for members of the entertainment profession, part run by none other than Lalla Ward herself. A previous event for the same cause sold out before I got myself fired up to go, so I booked this one nice and early, snagging myself the unenviable ticket number 13!

The way things have panned out I've ended up with a big, last minute rush job to remake some costumes for a National Theatre stage production that's due to open in less than a week. More on that later. So having already worked to the small hours I dashed over to Slough for the convention as I really didn't want to miss the chance of meeting the guests due to attend.

Sadly it would seem this event has been plagued by a spate of last minute cancellations. I was hoping to meet the Meldrews (Richard Wilson and Anette Crosbie themselves) but neither are now attending - so I'll avoid the obvious 'I don't believe it!' puns which were flying around all day after the news broke.
On top of this William Russell and Janet Fielding have both had to drop out.

Replacing them has been Hammer Horror damsel Madeline Smith and iconic villainous actor Julian Glover. He's a very welcome signature in my book, given the wealth of productions he's been involved from Doctor Who to James Bond and Star Wars.

Due to the fairly steep ticket price of £100, attendance was distinctly down, with only 80 convention goers turning up for the chance to meet the remaining guests.

Of the dozen or so guests that are coming, I only need a quarter for my autograph book, as I've met the rest or they are not Doctor Who names.

First up was a group photoshoot with all attending guests - well those who had turned up at this point. I'm not big into endless individual photos with actors, aside from a few special stand-out opportunities (the Meldrews would have been one), but a shot with a dozen makes it a worthy memento of the days event.

Back row: John Leeson, Jenny Hanley, Alexander Siddig, Lalla Ward, Richard Dawkins, Richard Franklin.
Front row: Simon Fisher Becker,Garrick Hagon, Sylvester McCoy, ME!, Deborah Watling, Claire Bloom and Carole Ann Ford
Now that was over it was time to hunt a few autographs.

Companions Carole Ann Ford, and Lalla Ward are already in my book, but I took the chance to get Lalla to sign opposite my Tom Baker page, joining Louise Jamison and John Leeson.

I took the chance to get Lalla's husband Richard Dawkins, who as well as being a renowned scientist, had a cameo appearance in The Stolen Earth in 2008, despite not being a Doctor Who fan!

Sylvester McCoy, John Leeson, Richard Franklin and Garrick Hagon are all in my book from previous events ranging from Gallifrey One in LA to Timey Wimey in Brighton.

Alexander Siddig and Jenny Hanley were of less interest, but we're absolutely charming to speak to, so I got Alex since he was in Torchwood.

This left Claire Bloom, Deborah Watling and Simon Fisher Becker, all of whom I needed.
Getting Deborah completes my trio of all Patrick Troughton's companions, which alongside my complete Peter Davison page makes my book feel like it's filling up at last.

Once we had all obtained our autographs, it was time for a charity auction in aid of Denville Hall. One of the star items was a TARDIS siege cube, signed by Perter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat, who donated it having sat on his desk. It sold for £500!

There were a lot of Big Finish CDs on offer, as well as signed photos and the occasional script.

The afternoon was given over to various panels and interview sessions, but given the work I have on at home I decided to make a sly exit and head back to finish the job in hand.

The job I had been asked to do was to rework two curious shaped fitted jackets made in Lycra and neoprene - not the best fabrics to tailor such garments from.

They are for Tweedle Dee and Teeedle Dum in Damon Albarn's reimagining of Alice In Wonderland, called It's all very high tech - if I say the concept is the rabbit hole is now the Internet, you'll get the idea.

The jackets had gone through some design changes, and there was less that 48 hours for me to knock them into shape ready for the opening of the show at Manchester's Arts festival next weekend.

Suffice to say it was hard work, but the costumes were ready in time - just!

A few days later I was amused to see a report on on BBC Breakfast, as well as follow up stories as the production opened to mixed reviews.
BBC News - Damon Albarn on Alice in Wonderland

BBC News - Damon Albarn's musical will be 'a little controversial'
After a two week run in Manchester, it will transfer to the Olivier theatre on the South Bank in November, by which time I imagine they'll iron out a few of the problems they had.
BBC News - Damon Albarn 'disappoints' with Alice in Wonderland musical

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Original 7th Doctor item on eBay - June 2015

This looks familiar!
I’m guessing whoever bought this back in June of 2014 has either got bored of it or finds it gets in the way!

Time and the Rani
The Time Brain
SOLD for £900

An original prop from the 2010 Dr Who - The auction at Bonhams. Comes in the tired condition alot of the props were like when sold. Has the bulb put into it for the exhibition in Llangollen then later Blackpool.

This is what the auction has to say:
Time and the Rani, September 1987
The Time Brain,
of moulded and painted fibreglass, with applied latex veins, having internal wiring, length approximately 50 inches (127cm).

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Original 7th Doctor item on eBay -
May 2015

This is a curious item, mainly cos it just doesn’t seem to want to sell!

It’s been listed a number of times, at progressively reduced prices.

This looks to be it’s last listing

Silver Nemesis Cyberman gun
UNSOLD for £2,349

This is the last time I shall be reducing the price of this item. I would rather keep it than reduce it any further :-)

Here we have a real piece of Doctor Who history, an original, screen-used Cyberman gun from the 1988, 25th anniversary story, Silver Nemesis.

This prop is really quite something. It is one of only 2 or 3 complete Cyber-guns that remain out of the original 8 that were made for the story. It is also very rare to see an original Nemesis prop that hasn't been re-sprayed (most remaining Nemesis props were re-sprayed for use in museums and exhibitions etc.) This prop is completely 'as it was'. I'm sure everyone knows about the golden brown colouring of the original Nemesis props, but if not, here goes:

All original Nemesis props (Cyberman helmets, chest-plates and guns) were chrome-plated. During filming, they were sprayed with a lacquer, to make them extra shiny on camera. This lacquer reacted with the chrome, and changed the colour of the props into a beautiful golden colour.

The gun is in absolutely mint condition, no damage whatsoever. Absolutely amazing condition for a prop that is almost 26 years old.

I acquired this gun directly from Jamie Smyth, arguably the biggest dealer of original Doctor Who props in the world. Before me, Jamie obtained the gun from a chap quite well known in the Doctor Who fanbase, Chris Balcombe. Chris also had this gun checked over by Mike Tucker, who made all the original guns for the BBC back in1988.

The gun also comes with a custom-made display case which I had specially made for the gun. This is an absolutely cracking prop, it is very well made out of various materials including steel and fibre glass. It is very very sturdy, not a feeble piece of rubbish which is all too synonymous with original Doctor Who props. The gun consists of all it's original parts, including the original screws, which have also been chromed!

I've tried to keep it as simple as possible but if you do have any questions, please don't hesitate to message me.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Original 7th Doctor items on eBay -
March 2015

There was a bit of a trade in Silurian body parts last year - it seems Tetraps are in this year!

‎Time And The Rani Tetrap Hand
WITHDRAWN from sale

Original prop / costume from Sylvester McCoy's debut Doctor Who story: Time and the Rani, September 1987

Bought from the Bonhams Doctor Who auction 2010 part of lot 89. A Tetrap costume.

The Tetraps were the hired bat like thugs used to enforce the Rani's will as she terrorised the planet Lakertya.

The inside of the claw is inscribed 'Urak' being the chief Tetrap.
 This claw could be one of the last things to touch the Sixth Doctor / first to touch the Seventh in the famous Regeneration scene.

Moulded and painted latex, with faux fur, and even part of the leather wings.

Incredibly rare item.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Meeting Sylvester - Big Finish Day 6

This weekend I was off to sunny Slough again for the sixth Big Finish Day.

Organised by Tenth Planet Events, it’s a format of convention I’ve increasing enjoyed and been finding myself drawn to. So much so I’ve booked myself up for most of their events for pretty much the rest of the year!

The main draw for me today has been Sylvester McCoy who I have a reserved page for in my autograph book, opposite Sophie Aldred who I got at the recent Timey Wimey event in Brighton.

The day kicked off with Sylvester’s stage talk, hosted by Dalek voice Nicolas Briggs. After introducing the guest, Nicolas said “shall we sit down?” and after considering for a second or two, Sylvester pointedly said “No!” So the whole talk was done standing and moving around the audience, something I’ve seen him do before (in a motorised scooter back at the Time Quest 2 event in early 2010!)

Sylvester said, “You know, Peter Jackson owns one of my original Doctor Who costumes. He directed The Hobbit, y’know. Did I mention that I’m in The Hobbit?”, thus casually dropping it into conversation.

“You wait for a Hollywood film, and three come along at once!”, recalling his frustration in finding out he had been upstaged by a variety of CGI characters he had little knowledge of whilst filming.

After a relatively brief exchange, the questions were quickly opened to the floor, and it was Sylvester who took the microphone to the fans. You could see he was in his element.

Someone asked about Sylvester's meeting with Matt Smith for the anniversary. To paraphrase his reply, he described him as an "Afghan Hound puppy! He comes bounding up to you all excited, his tail waging and he's all over you, shaking your hand and licking your face. He was delightful!"

Next up was my photocall with Sylvester, for which I had brought along two books to use as props. In Dragonfire The Doctor is seen browsing Doctor’s Dilemma by Bernard Shaw, and in Remembrance Of The Daleks he is reading Doctor In The House, by Richard Gordon.

He's always enormous game, so I happily took the book from me when I offered it to him, asking if they were the original screen used - so he clearly remembered having them in the series.

In a room closely was Ellis George, the girl who played Courtney Woods in several episodes of the latest series. She didn’t have much of a queue, so I took the chance to chat to her a bit before moving on. She was quite excited to have got the part in Doctor Who, and beyond her first read through which she found intimidating by the number of people in the room, Ellis thoroughly enjoyed her time on the show.

She revealed that the intention was for her to only appear in the brief flashback scene in Deep Breath, but they kept asking her back to do more and more scenes, until finally she featured extensively in Kill The Moon.

This was one of her first conventions, and she's looking forward to doing more in future. Her eyes lit up when I told her about Gallifrey One in LA. She would like the organisers to know she awaits their call....

I don’t think it was anything to do with me, but four days after the event, Ellis was announced as a guest at Gallifrey One - in LOS ANGELES!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Bonhams auction - 10th December 2014

Can’t believe 2014 is nearly over - so to confirm its immenant demise Bonhams are holding their usual December Entertainment Memorabilia sale.

The Caretakers uniform originally sold at the Bonahms auction in 1991.

The Panama hat was in a sale earlier this year, though went unsold. Its estimate then was £800 to £1,200.

As usual I have separated the items by Doctor era, and you can see the rest of the items here:
Here are just the lots relating to the Seventh Doctor era

Lot 143
Doctor Who: Paradise Towers, the Chief Caretaker's uniform,
1987, comprising a grey military-style jacket with matching trousers bearing label to the waistband inscribed in black ink Richard Briars (sic) 1, the jacket with black vinyl and silver braid detailing, matching belt and cap, as worn by Richard Briers in the serial.

Estimate £1,000 - 1,500
Sold for £2,000

Lot 144
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.

Research indicates that this hat was likely to be that worn by Sylvester McCoy during Season 24 of 'Doctor Who', in 1987.

Estimate £600 - 800
Sold For £1,000

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Question-mark Umbrella -
official replica launched!

AbbyShot clothiers have become well known for making replicas of a variety of film and television costumes, most notably their Doctor Who range.

This week they have added a prop to their range, in the form of a the Seventh Doctor’s trademark Question-mark Umbrella!

AbbyShot - Seventh Doctor’s Umbrella
For the $34.99 price tag it looks to be great value.

It’s not an easy replica to make as a day-to-day item, so there has to be a level of compromise between screen accuracy and practicality, but from the photos posted it looks to have found a good middle-line between the two.

I quite like that it comes with a cover - emblazoned with question-marks!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Dalek and Cybermen parts on eBay

On eBay recently I’ve spied a couple of Dalek and Cybermen body parts!

Remembrance Of The Daleks - Dalek gun




Alternative 7th Doctor costume t-shirt

Back in 2011 Forbidden Planet started releasing a range of t-shirt based on The Doctor’s costumes.

They soon released all twelve Doctors, and have kept the idea alive by doing a few of the peripheral characters as well.

Now they are going back over a few of The Doctors, creating some of the alternative costume variations seen down the years.

You can now get the Seventh Doctor - but with the stone coloured jacket rather than the later chocolate brown.

It even has the red hanky hanging out of the pocket!
7th Doctor costume t-shirt

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.

As usual I have separated the items by Doctor era, and you can see the rest of the items here:

Here are just the lots relating to the Seventh Doctor era

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
Sold for £437

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.

Research indicates that this hat was likely to be that worn by Sylvester McCoy during Season 24 of 'Doctor Who', in 1987.

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
Sold for £525

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

Estimate £250 - 300
Sold for £437