Friday, 26 February 2016

Original 7th Doctor items on eBay - February 2016

Oh dear - another bit has dropped of a Tetrap somewhere. Still, there’s always eBay!

Time And The Rani
Tetrap arm
SOLD for £74

Original Doctor Who prop - Tetrap arm - screen used - from Bonhams - amazing!
With Certificate of Authenticity

This is an unbelievable piece for all Dr Who fans.

Any props from the original series of Dr Who are rare, but a piece of the doctor's costume is astounding!

This is an original dr who screen used monster prop / costume piece from the first Sylvester McCoy story in season 24 "Time and the Rani"

I have seen and sold a couple of smaller items, pieces of fur, digits, but this is the whole forearm of a screen used Rani. As only 3 full costumes were made and only one survives in full, this is an amazing piece.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and is brought to you with no reserve.

The piece is presented in a 3D display box frame and comes with a certifcate of authenticity confirming its purchase from bonhams.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Bonhams: 1994 -
31st March Entertainment Sale

I’m getting quite into tracking down past Bonhams Entertainment auctions where Doctor Who items were sold.

It started with the 1991 Doctor Who auction, where dozens of costumes and props were up for grabs. I’ve since traced later sales where many times from the 1991 auction were resold, and some of these still pop up today from time to time.

A couple of weeks ago I found a Bonhams catalogue from 1994, containing 22 lots of Who-related items on sale.

Frustratingly due to the cost of producing print publications in the days, there are no photographs to illustrate the items on offer (every image would have had to be taken on film and processed, compared to the instant and cheap nature of digital photography today).

These sales also pre-date the internet, so finding the realised prices is near impossible.

Less care seems to have been taken in preparing the text in the catalogue.


There are a number of spelling errors and possible mis-titling of episodes, but since some of these are for pre-production scripts (and therefore possibly correct at the time) I have replicated the text here exactly as it appeared in the 1994 catalogue.

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 357 DR. WHO
A small selection of recording orders, camera scripts and transmission scripts for 'The Happiness Patrol'. 'Frontier in Space', 'Strange Matter'. 'The Curse of Fenric' and 'The Wolves of Fenric'.
Estimate £30 - 50

Lot 358 DR. WHO
A TARDIS Sign and casing of metal, wood and fibreglass used during the John Nathan Tumer era of Dr. Who (1978-1989), together with the back cloth belonging to the TARDIS door.
Estimate £400 - 600
Note: The vendor informs me he acquired this lot at a Dr. Who auction in Saxmundham.

Lot 365 DR. WHO
Studio sets/plans for 'Timelash', 'Ultimate Foe' and 'Time Of The Rani', series 1985-87.
Estimate £30 - 50

Lot 367 DR. WHO THE AUCTION, CATALOGUE
Sale of selected costumes from the wardrobe, on 11th May 1991. 41 page catalogue with black and white illustrations, colour cover, together with a list of prices realised. (2)
Estimate £10 - 20

Lot 368 DR. WHO MEMORABILIA
An extensive collection of Dr Who and related science fiction memorabilia, including jigsaw puzzles, badges, Cassette tapes, models, newsletters, annuals, toys, posters, magazines, approximately thirty paperback books, a mug, a china moneybox and three albums comprising of numerous official BBC colour photographs. (a lot)
Estimate £200 - 300

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Bonhams: 1992 -
August 24th Entertainment Sale

Last week I showed you the content of a Bonhams sale from January 1992. In it a large number of ex-BBC Costume Dept outfits from Doctor Who were sold off.

Since then I have found another catalogue from 1992, this time from August.

Interestingly a number of the extensive Doctor Who items sound very much like those sold back in January, though with much higher estimates this time around.

More recently I think we have seen some of these lots continuing to be sold on. It’s fascinating to trace the items back through the various auction catalogues, following the prices they sell for.

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 648 Dr. Who—The Auction, Catalogue from 11th May 1991, sale of selected costumes from the Wardrobe, 42 page catalogue with black and white illustrations, colour cover, together with a sheet of prices. (2)
Estimate £10-20


Lot 690 ‘Dragonfire’, 1987 (Sylvester McCoy) Two spiked uniform helmets, in Teutonic style.
Estimate £50-80

Lot 691 ‘Delta and the Bannermen’, 1987 (Colin Baker) Two white oversuits, one Worn by Delta (Belinda Mayne), and one undersuit.
Estimate £80-120


Lot 692 ‘Happiness Patrol’, 1988 (Sylvester McCoy) Five Drone masks.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 693 ‘Ghostlight’, 1989 (Sylvester McCoy) John Nathan-Turner’s running order sheets for episodes 1 and 3.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 694 ‘Survival’, 1989 (Sylvester McCoy) A copy of the script for episode 3, the final episode of Dr. Who.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 695 The pocket watch worn by Sylvester McCoy during his time as Dr. Who.
Estimate £300-500

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Bonhams: 1992 -
The BBC Costume Dept sale

Exactly 24 years ago TODAY there was an unusual auction at Bonhams to sell off a vast amount of ex-BBC costume department items.

Due to the volume of items on offer, the sale was held at the BBC Costume Warehouse, which at the time was on the Royal London Industrial Estate in North Acton.

Most of the sale was non-descript items, broken down into sections such as PERIOD COSTUMES - GREEK/ROMAN, MEDIAEVAL, TUDOR, ELIZABETHAN, STUART, GEORGIAN and REGENCY, VICTORIAN and EDWARDIAN etc.

It then moved on to SPORTSWEAR and MISCELLANEOUS before CHILDRENS and LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT. There was even a section for FANCY DRESS and ARMOUR, CHAINMAIL ETC.

Then things got more interesting with NARNIA prior to the big draw the sale - the SCIENCE FICTION section.

This was broken down into DR WHO, BLAKE’S 7, THE FLIP SIDE OF DOMINICK HYDE, STAR COPS, and OTHER SCIENCE FICTION COSTUMES.

The sale closed with a section of late additions, which included an extra Doctor Who lot.

I recently picked up a copy of the sales catalogue on aBay - such as it is. Back in 1992 this consisted of a pocket folder with a stapled loose sheet listing of the items for sale. There are no photographs or illustrations, and the descriptions are scant to say the least.

I have transcribed all the Doctor Who items.

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
Click the link above to download a copy of the full catalogue


Lot 311 Dragonfire, 1987, Sylvester McCoy as Dr Who. 
Set of Kanes mercenaries uniform hats, grey felt with look of Germany WWI (approx 5)
Sold for £200

Lot 312 Very old space suit used in Dr Who. 
Jacket and 2 pairs of trousers in silver plastic with red detailing (1)
Sold for £150

Lot 313 Full length cream and ochre linen gowns with hoods. 
Worn by Nigel Skeet and Wayne Peel and red, grey and blue striped jacket (3)
Sold for £300

Friday, 22 January 2016

Original 7th Doctor items on eBay -
January 2016

I see some loose bits have dropped off the original Tetrap costume again.

Time And The Rani
framed Tetrap fragment
This is an amazing opportunity

There were just three of these tetrap costumes made for the 1987 story 'time and the rani'.

As with many costumes of the day, they have deteriorated. This is from one of these original screen used costumes sold in the famous bonhams auction.

I have seen small pieces of tetrap skin sell for £50-100 over the years on ebay but never such a large piece - this digit is in great condition and has been framed in a box frame - only three digits and I am keeping one!

It is supplied with a copy of the letter of authenticity and is s once in a lifetime auction!

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Original 7th Doctor items on eBay - December 2015

Looks like another bit has dropped off a Tetrap!

Time And The Rani -
framed Tetrap Hand
This is an amazing opportunity

There were just three of these tetrap costumes made for the 1987 story Time And The Rani.

As with many costumes of the day, they have deteriorated. This is from one of these original screen used costumes sold in the famous bonhams auction.

I have seen small pieces of tetrap skin sell for £50-100 over the years on ebay but never such a large piece - this digit is in great condition and has been framed in a box frame.

It is supplied with a copy of the letter of authenticity and is s once in a lifetime auction!

Survival - Sabre-tooth prop
This is a prop sabre-tooth knife, used by Mitch in Survival, the final story of classic Doctor Who, in 1989. It's a lightweight version, as it had to be used as a weapon that wouldn't hurt anyone. It is the prop that appeared on screen.

It's in excellent condition; it's about 30 cm / 1 foot long.

It's been donated to us by Mike Tucker, the BAFTA award winning special effects designer, who's worked on Doctor Who since the 1980s. We're extremely grateful to Mr Tucker for his most generous gift.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Bonhams auction - 10th December 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time for the end of year Entertainment Memorabilia sale at Bonhams.

Here’s the Doctor Who items on offer.




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 73
Doctor Who - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: two screen used prop circus posters,
BBC, 1988,
mixed media of acrylic paint and pen on paper, the posters can be seen in the ticket booking area of the Psychic Circus, approximately 76 x 102cm (30 x 40in)

FOOTNOTES
The vendor was the set designer for these episodes and commissioned the posters to be made.

Estimate £500 - 700
Sold for £687

Lot 74
Doctor Who - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: a group of scripts and copies of production drawings,
BBC, 1988,
including: a set of four scripts for The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, episodes 1-4, all unbound with metal fastening in top left hand corner, all with a cast and main crew list to front, all dated OB Rehearsal 6th - 12th May to title page, episode 1 - 87pp. of mimeographed typescript on white paper, episode 2 - 73pp. of mimeographed typescript on blue paper, episode 3 - 73pp. of mimeographed typescript on green paper, episode 4 - 78pp. of mimeographed typescript on pink paper; together with 15 dyeline copies of construction drawings including studio plans for Elstree studios, some with annotations in pen, a photocopy of a computer projection for the set (20)


FOOTNOTES
The vendor was the set designer for these episodes and commissioned the posters to be made.

Estimate £500 - 700
Sold for £562

Lot 75
Doctor Who - The Curse of Fenric: a collection of scripts, designs and production paperwork,
BBC, 1989,
including: a set of four rehearsal scripts for The Curse of Fenric, episodes 1-4, all with main crew and cast lists to front, read-through date to title page of 23rd March 1989 and unbound, episode 1 - 79pp. of mimeographed typescript on white paper, episode 2 - 78pp. of mimeographed typescript on blue paper, episode 3 - 79pp. of mimeographed typescript, episode 4 - 83pp. of mimeographed typescript on white paper; two story order breakdowns; 10 dyeline prints of construction drawings for sets and maps, including drawings for a gas chamber and a map for Crowborough Training Camp; 6 page copy of an appendix entitled Futharks and Flip-Flops and a production sheet; held in two ringbound folders (2)



FOOTNOTES
The vendor was the set designer on these episodes.

Estimate £500 - 700
Sold for £562


Lot 76
Doctor Who - The Curse of Fenric: a prop chemical bomb and related construction paperwork,
BBC, 1989,
the bomb of wooden frame with vacuum-formed PVC outer shell which has been painted in grey, two motifs in yellow paint of a skull in a gas mask with cross-bones to centre and yellow paint detail around bomb 'nose', later metal loop has been inserted in the nose, the bomb was made for the scene in the poison weapon arsenal of the secret military base; together with a copy of a plan of a marine camp and 2 photocopies of construction drawings for bombs, the bomb approximately 102cm (40in) high (4)

FOOTNOTES
The vendor was the set designer on these episodes.

Estimate £500 - 700
Sold for £812



Saturday, 7 November 2015

Barking Signing - 7th November 2015

Over in windy, rain-swept Barking, today was the latest Tenth Planet event signing session.

Barking Signing -  7th November 2015
The main draw for me today was to meet two of the lead stars from the enigmatic Sylvester McCoy adventure, Ghost Light.

SHARON DUCE played Control in Ghost Light.



Sharon Duce was due to attend last time, but apparently got lost en route and despite repeated efforts, couldn't be found by the event organisers!

Luckily she made it today, so she was a very welcome addition to the line-up.
Sitting next to her was Ian Hogg, her co-star from Ghost Light.

IAN HOGG is best known for his lead role in the BBC1 television series Rockliffe's Babies and its follow-up Rockliffe's Folly, playing Detective Sergeant Alan Rockliffe.

He has also been associated with Doctor Who by voicing the part of General Voshkar in The Sandman, a spin-off Doctor Who audio drama produced in 2002 by Big Finish Productions.

Next to them in line was Jon Davey, an extra who has so far appeared in 35 episodes of Doctor Who, as a variety of monsters and small featured parts.

JON DAVEY has played a variety of monsters in Doctor Who. These include Cybermen, Daleks, Ood, Jadoon, Hath, Heavenly Host, Vigil and Wispermen. He has performed live at may events including The Doctor Who Proms and Doctor Who Live and Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Australia and New Zealand.

He was a real nice chap, but frankly suffers from the self-importance syndrome that a lot of film and tv extra stuff from.

He is full of (interesting) stories of how its him in that Cybermen costume with one arm; or the Dalek at the back that has the exploding eye-stalk; or the Ood that stands up and touched Rose's shoulder - all well and good, but someone had to be in the costume, unfortunately it was him.

Unlike the rest of the guests, Jon had pretty much filled his allotted space with a shop selling signed Dalek toys (£20), signed Dalek eggs (£19.99 - is the penny difference worth the hassle?) and even an audio-visual display of him being put into make-up from a Doctor Who Confidential episode.

Like I do with every guest I asked for a quick shot of him signing my book, which he insisted on doing clutching one of the toy Daleks to 'Make and event of it'. Succeed.



FRAZER HINES
Frazer Hines played companion Jamie McCrimmon from The Highlanders to The War Games, and again in the twentieth anniversary special, The Five Doctors, and the Season 22 story, The Two Doctors. Outside Doctor Who, he is perhaps best known for playing Joe Sugden in Emmerdale Farm.


DICK MILLS is a British sound engineer who provided special sounds for Doctor Who from 1972 to 1989. He is responsible for the frequently-used Cloister Bell sound.

I already have Dick Mills and Frazer Hines in my book from previous events, so I didn't need them, but I did need Catherine Howe who has been on everyone's radar recently due to the release of The Underwater Menace on DVD.

CATHERINE HOWE played Ara in The Underwater Menace.



She was sitting next to Frazer for the signing, and they were exchanging stories about their time shooting the story, nearly 50 years ago now!

RALPH WATSON appeared in four Doctor Who serials alongside three Doctors, with Patrick Troughton twice. He played an uncredited Generator Scientist in The Underwater Menace, Captain Knight in The Web of Fear, Ettis in The Monster of Peladon and Ben in Horror of Fang Rock.



Her co-star, Ralph Watson was also in attendance, and he was more than happy to sign my book and pose for a photo for me.






Completing the line up was Gregory De Polnay who appeared in Robots Of Death.

GREGORY DE POLNAY played D84 in The Robots of Death. He later voiced Voc 23 in the Kaldor City audio Storm Mine.



After meeting David Bailie last time, it was nice to meet another member of the cast.


Once everyone had got the autographs they wanted, and the professional photos with the guests, it was time for a question an answer session, hosted as usual by Robert Dick.


Dick Mills remembered working on Doctor Who before any film was shot. Alongside Delia Derbyshire, he acted as technician to her creative mind in creating the iconic opening music.

Each episode had a 10 day turn around from first viewing to final dub, which he explained was fine for episode 1, but by episode 23 they were flagging!

Frazer talked enthusiastically about recovering the lost episode. He'd love to see The Highlanders and Evil Of The Daleks recovered, but realises the chances are slim.

Catherine remembered she was very young when she was on Doctor Who and talk fondly of Aneka.

Ralph also recalled the episode, but thought everyone had been quite cruel to the director, who was a Polish Jew who had fled Germany prior to WW2. Patrick Troughton and Julia Smith classed with him a lot, which was sad as he was doing a good job.


Jon joined Who during series two, when he attend an open audition along with around 50 others. After passing the 'marching in a straight line with your eyes closed' test, he went to Millennium Effects where he discovered he was shortlisted to be a Cyberman. The final criteria was to fit the costume, which he did, so got the part.
A colleague one day brought in some bathroom scales to weigh himself in costume, subtracted his body weight, to work out the costume weighed 4 stone!
The mouth had LED lights inside, so restricted breathing, meaning the only airholes were through the eyes.

This reminded Dick Mills of an instant during his appearance on The One Show.

They had an old and new series Cyberman on set, but the producers thought the old one looked tatty, so they used silver gaffer tape to smooth over the wrists, elbows and around the neck. They didn't realise that all air circulation had been cut off and the actor in the costume FAINTED!



Sharon shared more scenes with Sophie than Sylvester, so her memories were more of her than him. Ian remembers having great respect for Sylvester for learning long passages of script.

Sharon acting stage manger at York repertory theatre. Following a long run of quality plays the cast were told they would be doing Stop It Nurse, a comic farce. Brought in to star was none other than Tom Baker, who she described as having came with pop-out eyes and toothbrush in top pocket.

Like much of the male cast, Gregory lusted over Louise Jameson in what little costume she had, and felt first-hand the friction between her and Tom Baker.
But he did manage to break into Tom's crossword circle when he cracked a particularly difficult Times crossword clue, after which he enjoyed a gin or two in the bar after rehearsals.

A week or so prior, Greg worked on the Space: 1999 episode The Lambda Factor as Chief Engineer Pete Garforth.

The lead stars are American husband and wife team Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. He recalled they were on £22,000 a week, with plush hotels, chauffeur driven car, silver service lunches, while the rest of the cast were on £8 a week, including the buy-out fee!

Inspired by tales of the Landau's excesses, Frazer told a tale of catch a lift to Television Centre with Eric Morecombe. Upon arrival the commissionier, who only had one arm, would each day usher Eric to a reserved space. At the end of the week he asked Eric if there was a chance of two tickets to the Christmas Show, one for himself and his wife. Eric said the wife could come, but he couldn't. Affronted, he asked why. "You can't clap!", Eric replied!

As well as starring with Patrick Troughton in The Underwater Menace, Ralph also appeared alongside Tom Baker in The Terror Of Fang Rock. Unusually this was recorded at the Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham, and he recalled Tom's barely contained rage at the change of studio, tearing him away from his beloved Soho. He remembered Louise's tipping moment when Tom went through a door onto set too quick, causing the camera to miss her entrance. Luckily Paddy Russell, the director was strong and helped patch things up.

All in all it was a good panel with lots of lively stories and discussion. Well worth seeing!