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
RARE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE AN ORIGINAL SCREEN USED PIECE OF DOCTOR WHO LEGEND!!

THIS DALEK GUN WAS USED IN THE 1988 SYLVESTER MCCOY STORY REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS AND WAS PART OF THE SECOND IMPERIAL DALEK TO BE DESTROYED IN THE CLIMACTIC BATTLE SCENES BETWEEN THE IMPERIAL AND RENEGADE DALEKS.

IT WAS AUCTIONED BY DOCTOR WHO PRODUCER, JOHN NATHAN-TURNER AND THE DOCTOR WHO APPRECIATION SOCIETY IN 1989 DURING THE "A DAY AT THE FORUM" CONVENTION. THIS WAS HELD AT THE SCHOOL USED FOR LOCATION FILMING OF REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS IN HAMMERSMITH, LONDON IN MARCH OF THAT YEAR. THE PHOTOGRAPH INCLUDED SHOWS JOHN NATHAN-TURNER AUCTIONING THE ACTUAL GUN AS PROOF OF AUTHENTICITY. THE PHOTOGRAPH IS ALSO SIGNED BY JNT HIMSELF. THERE IS ALSO A COMPARISON SHOT SHOWING THE GUN THEN AND NOW.

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.


Lots 94 - 100
First, Second and Third Doctors (1963-1974)
Lot 101
Fourth Doctor (1975-1980)
Lots 107 - 121
Torchwood & Sarah Jane Adventures)

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
Unsold


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.

SALEROOM NOTICES
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
Unsold

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.

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

Estimate £250 - 300
Sold for £437

Monday, 2 June 2014

DWAS Myth Makers convention -
the Seventh Doctor connection

This weekend I had a great day out today at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith.

The studios are part of the history and folklore of Doctor Who, having been where The Daleks invaded Earth in 1964, and a couple of years later where William Hartnell regenerated into Patrick Troughton.

In fact the iconic scene of Dalek emerging from the Thames was filmed only yards from the studios, by Hammersmith Bridge!

Sadly the studios, currently used for Weekend Kitchen, are due to be demolished later this year, leaving only a fraction of the site still standing.

The event was organised by DWAS - The Doctor Who Appreciation Society - and was a lot more low key compared to a majority of the glossy events that are staged these days.

Don’t get me wrong - I PREFERRED this to the glossy events as it was a lot more intimate, you you got see every part of the days events and damn it, they kept to their published timetable.

The spin on the day was the production side and how the behind the scenes events shaped what we saw on screen, with a heavy bias towards the classic rather than new series.

We kicked off with a one-on-one interview with Philip Hinchcliffe, who produced the first three years of Tom Baker’s era.

PHILIP HINCHCLIFFE interview
Philip’s interview was very insightful and interesting, as he had taken over from Barry Letts to launch the Tom Baker era. Much of his first season had already been planned out for him, with the inclusion of crowd pleasing foes such as Sontarans, Cybermen and of course the Daleks.

Since Philip was only involved with the Fourth Doctor era, you can read more about his interview here:
The Fourth Doctor Connection

DERRICK SHERWIN and 
TERRANCE DICKS interview
Next we had a double act in the form of Derrick Sherwin and Terrance Dicks, who had been consecutive script editors spanning the latter days of Patrick Troughton and the whole of the Jon Pertwee eras. Terrance also wrote for the Tom baker era too.

Since Derrick and Terrance was only involved with Doctor Who in the 1960s and 1970s, you can read more about his interview here:
The Fourth Doctor Connection

We then had a break to get the first of the autographs and photo opportunities.

I took along a River Song diary I now use for autographs, and found that there was 'no limit' on the number of items you could get signed, so long as it was within reason.

So I got Philip as well as visual effects expert Mike Tucker, composer Dominic Glynn, and script editor Andrew Cartmel.

I also grabbed a quick - and it was quick - photo op with firstly Graeme Harper, then with Terrance and Derrick together.

There was minimal queuing; the photo was printed in the time it took to pay for it; and they had emailed the digital copy I asked for within minutes (and it was the photo of me, not someone else!). The photo was frankly better quality than at many glossy events, including the official 50th celebration.

It was then back into the viewing theatre for the next one-on-one interview, with director Graeme Harper.

GRAEME HARPER interview
Graeme gave an absorbing interview about his time not only on the classic series, directing Peter Davision in Caves Of Androzani and Colin Baker in Revelation Of The Daleks, but also working on the new series where is helmed the return of the Cybermen in series two.

Since Graeme was only involved with the Fifth and Sixth Doctor eras, you can read more about his interview here:
The Sixth Doctor Connection
MIKE TUCKER interview
Next up was special effects guru Mike Tucker, who is one of a select few who has worked on both the classic and new series.


He reminisced about how as a young boy he watched Pebble Mill At One and saw a feature about the effects on Blake's Seven. Turning to his mum, he said 'I want to do that'. Suitably empowered, she wrote to the BBC and got her son an interview which led to a job in the BBC Visual Effects Department.

He talked at length about the different approaches between then and now on Doctor Who, explaining how productions were allocated by rote. This meant he did not know what he was working on week to week, but had the downside that sometimes staff who hated Doctor Who were assigned to it. He heard of staff who’s attitude was “if I do a bad job, hopefully they won't ask me again”. Which explains the sometimes patchy effects down the years.

The new series by contrast is entirely staffed by freelance workers who want to to their job to the best. Each have a limited task to perform, meaning they are more specialist in what they do.

The biggest surprise for me was the revelation that until Day Of The Doctor, ALL model work had been done on film. The use of digital cameras (necessary for the 3D work) meant results were more immediate giving the opportunity to move on or shoot alternative angles on a scene. It has also resulted in shots being edited into episodes the same day as filming.

Then it was time for another break, during which I got Terrance’s autograph on my photo with him; as well as Graeme's on his photo with me and in my River Song diary.

I also had the chance to get a new photo with Colin Baker, who admired my Matt Smith costume.

Colin seems to know me pretty well now, as he pipped up, “Here comes the tailor!” when I stepped up for the shot.

Back in the viewing theatre we were treated to a double act of Dominic Glynn and Andrew Cartmel who sparked well off each other.

DOMINIC GLYNN and 
ANDREW CARTMEL interview
Both had been relatively young when they worked on Doctor Who, and they had similar stories of unsolicited approaches to JNT to get their jobs.


Dominic sent a demo tape to JNT, which seemed to land on his desk at just the right time. After a chat and a meeting he was hired and was writing music for Doctor Who.

Similarly Andrew managed to get a meeting with JNT and was also hired with seemingly little effort.

Both were pretty much left to do their jobs with minimal interference from JNT. He did put his foot down once in a while, but was happier to nurture talent and let it bloom.

The final interview of the day was with Colin Baker, who was on good form.

COLIN BAKER interview
He talked at length about his pre and post Doctor Who fame and looked back on his time with sometimes mixed emotions.

You can read about Colin’s interview here:
The Sixth Doctor Connection

With the main programme over, it just remained to get Nicholas Briggs to scribble in my River Song diary and for Colin to sign the photo I had with him, as well as two shots from meeting him in LA earlier this year at Gallifrey One.

This was the first DWAS event I have actually been to, and I must say it was very well planned and executed.

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
UNSOLD

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
SOLD FOR £350

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
SOLD FOR £550

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.