Tuesday 25 December 2012

Original 5th Doctor items on eBay - December 2012

I’ve been keeping an eye out on eBay, and I’ve come across some more original Fifth Doctor items for you this month.

Here’s what I found.

Hand Gun
SOLD FOR £1,001

ORIGINAL prop gun used in the Peter Davison 1983 story Terminus.
Four of these guns were made, two hero light up versions and two static versions.

This is one of the static versions, although the power pack is removable.
(this is made out of an old jack plug with a female connector ........ typical high tech stuff from the BBC).

Gun is made of resin + fibreglass.
The previous owner had the gun autographed by Peter Davison.

The gun was also used by David Tennant for a sequence on Channel 4’s Friday Night Project that aired in 2007.
I also found some further eBay listings relating to other Doctors

Tuesday 16 October 2012

Original 5th Doctor items on eBay - September 2012

Over the past couple of weeks there has been a small flurry of original Fifth Doctor Props and costumes for sale on eBay in September. It’s been like a mini Bonhams auction!

Here’s what’s been on offer.

30 Years In The TARDIS
Complete Cyberman Costume
SOLD FOR £1,420

This is an 80s style classic Doctor Who Cyberman which I believe was used in the anniversary documentary, 30 Years in the TARDIS. The body is made from latex over some sort of thin boiler suit, the head and chest unit is plastic, various bits of piping complete the classic Cyberman style.
Unfortunately, in common with most of his compatriots, he suffers from Cyber Crotch – a medical condition which causes paint to crack around his nether regions. In a few areas his suit is fraying and I doubt it will be possible to remove him from his mannequin without causing some serious damage.

Resurrection Of The Daleks
Dalek Trooper Helmet

This is an authentic screen used prop from the classic 1984 Doctor Who story, Resurrection of the Daleks - a helmet worn by one of Lytton’s Dalek troopers.

It is constructed from sturdy plastic with an adjustable piece inside to allow it to sit comfortably on the head – this was probably lifted from a hard hat. It is a fine example of an 80s Who prop and has stood the test of time with a few small areas of cosmetic damage only. The opaque plastic visor is a replacement part – I believe all of these were broken, scuffed or scratched either during filming or in transit to exhibitions afterwards.

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Costume Station Zero -
Fifth Doctor costume chit-chat

My good friend Bob Mitsch in the US has announced Costume Station Zero - a free podcast dedicated to all things cosplay - launching thirteen years to the day since the moon was torn out of Earth orbit in the classic 1960s series Space: 1999!

Although not strictly limited to Doctor Who, with Bob’s fascination for the series it will inevitably have a heavy Who orientation.

Already a number of episodes have been posted, and the latest download has some Fifth Doctor content.
3rd October 2012
Kevin Kittridge chats to Bob about dressing as the 5th Doctor and meeting Matt Smith!
Check out more about Kevin at his WordPress page and on Twitter.
Episode 5 - “That happened”

Thursday 20 September 2012

The Five Doctors

I woke up this morning to find some sad news on the Doctor Who news feeds. It has been revealed that  Janet Fielding is battling cancer.

This is such sad news – especially since the last 18 months has seen the loss of Nicholas CourtneyElizabeth Sladen, Caroline John and Mary Tamm, all in the same tragic way.

Turning sad news into good, a charity fund raising convention called Project Motor Mouth has been announced for Saturday 19th January 2013 to collect money to for Project Motor House - which plans to convert a derelict building in Thanet into a “mixed-use venue promoting sustainable technology and a place where youngsters can get help with starting their own businesses”.

The hope is to raise Janet’s spirits along the way.

Guests announced already are David Tennant, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann.
Having thoroughly enjoyed seeing Janet at Time Quest 2 a few of years back (see left), then again at Chicago TARDIS last year (see below), as well as seeing her at LFCC only a couple of months ago – I felt compelled to sign up straight away and go along.

Once I completed my purchase I noticed my ticket number was 16, so I had been quite quick off the mark! Just as well, as by late afternoon today the convention was totally sold out.
This will be probably be the first convention of the 50th Anniversary year – and with Five Doctors, what a way to start!

Sunday 22 July 2012

Colin Lavers - sadly missed

I woke up this morning to hear the sad news that Colin Lavers, who designed the look for the Fifth Doctor had died.

Colin was a in-house Costume Designer for the BBC, and in 1982 he was scheduled to work on the Doctor Who story Four To Doomsday, which became the first story to be recorded following the rejection of the planned debut adventure (a replacement script was shot later).

He therefore had the task of realising the Fifth Doctor’s costume.

The cricket motive came out of discussions with Peter Davison and producer John Nathan Turner, as well as some input from veteran costume designer June Hudson, who’s influence injected the v-neck jumper into the mix.

But one part of the Fifth Doctor’s costume that was distinctly not his idea was the retention of the question marks on the shirt lapels, first seen the year before in what was Tom Baker’s final season, designed by June Hudson.

It was a specific request from producer John Nathan-Turner, who in a memo wrote:
"I do feel that the Doctor Who shirt with the '?' mark on the lapels is worth hanging on to."
He also worked on two other stories, The Power of Kroll in 1978 and The King’s Demons in 1983.

Colin later had the distinction costuming the multi-Doctor 20th anniversary story, The Five Doctors.

As a result of working on these scant few episodes, he was responsible for costumes for the First, Second, Third, Fourth (designing the iconic large-lapeled coat for The Power Of Kroll) and Fifth Doctors; his protagonist The Master (twice, as he had already dressed him for The King’s Demon); the companions Susan Foreman, Sarah Jane Smith, Liz Shaw, Zoe Herriot, Jamie McCribbon, Tegan Jovanka and Romana I (during The Power Of Kroll); as well as the Brigadier and Mike Yates - only Turlough escaped his attention!

By default this means by head-count he provided more outfits for Doctors and recurring characters during the original run of Doctor Who than any other costumer.

Outside of Doctor Who, his other TV credits included the BBC's Shakespeare series, Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery, As Time Goes By, Judge John Deed, EastEnders and Last of the Summer Wine.

Colin suffered a heart attack and died at home suddenly. His funeral is due to take place on 24th July 2012, followed by cremation.

My thoughts, and hopefully yours, are with his family.

Friday 20 April 2012

Bonhams FLASHBACK: 11th May 1991
Doctor Who - The Auction

Over the past couple of years, as well as keeping up to date with the latest costume auctions, I’ve done my best to track back over the various sales held at Bonhams over the years.

Their online records only go back seven years, but one sale I’ve been wanting to find out about was a dedicated Doctor Who sale from 1991.

This week I managed to pick up a copy of the sale catalogue on eBay, and it makes interesting reading.

The catalogue is a very different beast to what we see now.
There are no photographs of the items on sale, and no estimates are indicated.

It is divided into roughly one episode per page, on which all the lots relating to it are listed. One or two publicity stills from the episode are included, which may or may not show the items being listed!

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 Fifth Doctor era

Friday 6 April 2012

Putting Doctor Who on the map

Just thought I’d share a little something with you. It’s by no means costume related, and only just Fifth Doctor related, but this doesn’t happen often, so worth a mention.

The town where I live, Borehamwood, has a near century long history of film production. For many years it had the largest number of functioning film studios in close proximity, rivalling Hollywood.

I don’t say that lightly. If you look down the list of films made here you will see some BIG names: in the 1920s Alfred Hitchcock had his first directing credits at the AIP studios; the 1950s saw a raft of swashbuckling epics from Ivanhoe to Robin Hood plus Moby Dick; the 1960s found Stanley Kubrick filming 2001: A Space Odyssey and later A Clockwork Orange and The Shining.

The 1970s brought the new Hollywood directors to make Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Who Framed Roger Rabbit; the 1980s saw The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.

In 1988 a Doctor Who story was shot here, when the circus tent for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy was erected in the BBC (formerly ATV) Studios car park.

Monday 2 April 2012

Louise Page - Time Crash special

If you’ve been following the Louise Page interviews on my suit recently, you will have heard all about ties David Tennant wore.

I’ve been limiting my questioning to the costumes worn by The Doctor, and there are still some more interview bites to come, so watch out for those.
But before we hear more about David Tennant costume, I thought we’d discover the full story behind the dressing of another Doctor: the Fifth, played by Peter Davison.

In 2008 when Doctor Who participated in that year’s Children In Need of appeal, they approached Peter Davison to return to the role of The Doctor.

At first glance assembling the original costume was a relatively easy job, but Louise found nothing is ever really that simple.

Thanks to Kevin Coppa for giving the interview clips the polished look, and enormous thanks to Louise Page for sharing her memories of dressing the Tenth Doctor with us all

Sunday 8 January 2012

Costume design Regeneration

Now that my Twelve Regenerations Of Christmas has come to a close, I thought it worth making sure you had seen the posting for the Eight Day, where I collected together all the known costume designs for The Doctor.

Design © Colin Lavers
Included in them was the Fifth Doctor’s, drawn by Colin Lavers.

I am not sure it was an intended coincidence that the design was beige, so quite bland in colour, but his Doctor was often accused of being the same.

Of note is the knitted waistcoat, later changed to a cricketing jumper at the request of producer John Nathan-Turner.

Since I posted this entry, one of my readers drew my attention to a design on the June Hudson Website, it shows an unused sketch from 1981 for Peter Davison.

It seems to be a suggestion from June to John Nathan-Turner.

In a note to the side she thinks Peter should wear Cricket Whites, and has drawn him in a V-neck cricket jumper.

This could well be the source of the change from knitted waistcoat as shown in Colin Lavers design.

Very interesting.

Design © June Hudson