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 Fifth Doctor costume on show was straight out of the Experience, though have to say that celery is pretty enormous!

Other Fifth Doctor item on display included a Tractator and uniform from Frontios.

Also a Sea Devil from Warriors Of The Deep alongside a costume repurposed from Blake’s 7.

There was also a Cyberman costume from their return in Earthshock.

Finally, there was an original Yeti from The Web Of Fear. Since I don’t have a Second Doctor blog I’m including it here, as it appeared in The Five Doctors.

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

Third Doctor           Fourth Doctor

Thursday 21 November 2013

Bonhams auction - 18th December 2013

With December looming, it is time for another Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale!

The past few auctions have been Doctor Who lite when it comes to items, so there is no surprise that the first post-Anniversary is brimming with costumes and nick backs, dating back to 1968.

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
Lot 154
DOCTOR WHO: THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI - AN ORIGINAL SHARAZ JEK HEAD COWL, leather on card, slit to back, with elasticated piece to neck, punched holes to sides, labelled to interior 'Steven Gregory, 12 Mundania Road, London, SE22 0NG, Tel: 01-693 7605', together with a reproduction image featuring the piece, height 12 inches (30cm)

For the matching original headpiece sold for £4,800, see lot 111, Doctor Who: The Auction, Bonhams Knightsbridge, 24 February 2010.

Estimate £700 - 900
Sold for £1,000

Lot 155

a file containing revised story order and rehearsal scripts for Episodes 2-4, 1983, all annotated and as used in the Gallery, with cast breakdown and other production details, some water damage
Broadcast in March 1984.
Provenance: Fiona Cumming, Director of the serial.

Estimate £200 - 300
Sold for £325

Lot 156

comprising: a file with annotated camera scripts for Episodes 1-4, with Cast Breakdown and other production details; together with a Mr. Punch prop head, as made by Barry Smith for the Punch & Judy sequence in Episode 3; and a Doctor Who Handbook, circa 1983
Broadcast in January 1983.
Provenance: Fiona Cumming, Director of the serial.

Estimate £350 - 450
Sold for £812

Lot 160

Episodes 1-3, a file with camera and dubbing scripts (six in all), Story Order and other production details, with annotations, September/October 1981; together with a Doctor Who Handbook, Issue Date March '81, with character/cast and general production details
Broadcast in January 1982, this was the first full serial to feature Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor.
Provenance: Fiona Cumming, Director of the serial.

Estimate £300 - 400
Sold for £350

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Radio Times -
50th anniversary issue covers

The 50th Anniversary week is almost here, and as expected the cover of the latest Radio Times features The Doctor - not just once, but TWLEVE times!

The sources of the images used are quite interesting, the majority of which are from the Radio Times own extensive archive of Doctor Who images. All are out-takes, so are being published for the first time.

The First and Second Doctors come from the 10th Anniversary Special published by the Radio Times in 1973. The Third Doctor comes from a photoshoot in 1970 for the launch of Jon Pertwee in the role.

The Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors are pictured from the shoot for the 30th Anniversary special, which featured in the 1993 Children In Need.

This shows that they were all taken separately before being composited into the group on the cover.

The rest of the Doctors come from bespoke cover shoots done for the Radio Times in more recent years. For example the Ninth Doctor is from the gatefold cover which launched the new series in 2005; and the Tenth from The Next Doctor in 2008. The Eleventh and War Doctors are obviously newly taken.

Here’s the full size version of the Fifth Doctor’s cover.

Finally, have you noticed that all 12 covers join together to form a long single image?

Wednesday 13 November 2013

Original 5th Doctor items on eBay - November 2013

The first item on eBay this month is a pair of armour pieces from Snakedance.

These are very similar to a set sold back in February.

Guard Armour

Original guard armour from the 1983 Doctor Who serial Snakedance starring Peter Davison as The Doctor.

These two armour pieces, see worn by the guards, are constructed from fibreglass with mosaic detailing and have been hand painted, two leather laces either side were used to keep the armour in place.

Cast in two sections and bonded together these were created specifically for this story by the BBC.

Each armour piece measures 5.5" x 4.5" and both are in excellent condition with some minor wear from production use.

Accompanied by a COA from

Caves of Androzani
Trooper uniform
SOLD FOR £1,176

Original trooper costume, jacket and trousers, as used and seen on screen from the 1984 Peter Davison story The Caves of Androzani voted the number one Doctor Who story of all time by the readers of Doctor Who Magazine.

Has been stored in wardrobe in a smoke free home.
Originally bought by myself at Doctor Who Convention Blue Box 2 in 1994.

In fantastic condition complete with original on location distressing.

Hand written inside jacket "Allen Talburt 44"" as shown in photo 3.
Happy to supply signed letter of authenticity.

What better Christmas present for the Whovian in your life as the Doctor celebrates his 50th year.

Any questions or request for more photos please email.
Will only send registered mail or collection in person.
Happy to send overseas, postage only a rough indicator happy to explore other methods of postage and will only charge cost.

On 06-Nov-13 at 21:31:50 GMT, seller added the following information:
Added 6/11/13 21:10

Additional photos added as requested, hand written in trousers "Alan Talburt 34W" (yes I know different spelling to jacket).

In answer to numerous emails I do not intend to put a buy it now price or to do a deal outside ebay, I intend to let the auction run its full duration.

I appreciate the interest in any other costumes or props I have, dependant on how this item goes I may list another item or 2 in my own time, if anyone would like the heads up on this send me your email and I'll let you know if I'm going to sell anything when I decide.

With regards to any proof of pedigree, I bought this at a Dr Who action nearly 20 years ago for cash, there were no receipts or auction catalogues, I believe that the auctioneer was John Nathan Turner (JNT) long standing producer of Dr Who along with David Roden who co-wrote the Dimensions in Time special in 1993, the convention was in May1994.
Hope this helps.

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Silurian body parts on eBay - UPDATE!

The silurian body parts keep coming on eBay!

After the sale of the Right Arm and Chest, Left Arm and Back, Right Leg, as well as Framed Body Parts - we now get the breast plate!

Warriors Of The Deep
Silurian breast plate
SOLD FOR £395.29

This is a Silurian breast plate and back plate from the 1984 Peter Davison story Warriors of the Deep.

This has come directly from my private collection of props and costumes. I was given this by someone who worked for the company who made many of the props, costumes and monsters including the Cybermen in the 1980's.

Once filming had finished things like this were either scraped or sent to the exhibitions. This one survived both of those fates and I was given it some years later as part payment for some work I carried out.

This basically consists of two glass fibre halves that bolt together to form the armour on the body of the Silurians. It looks like it would have been held together by 4 fixings, possibly small bolts which are missing. It is exceptionally well made with a painted finish to match the rest of the suit.

Obviously being nearly 30 years old it has knocks and scrapes but is in remarkably good condition for its age. There are various chips, cracks and other marks on the armour as can be seen in the pictures.

The reason I'm selling this (and other pieces from my collection) is that I have several original pieces that I prefer and as I'm thinning out my collection this is one of the items I'm letting go.

Thursday 22 August 2013

If the Fifth Doctor wore a bow tie...

... this would NOT be it!

While on the hunt for the perfect Matt Smith bow tie, a good friend of mine has found an interesting maker on, called TheDirectorsCabin.

As well as a small range of Eleventh Doctor bow ties (see right) they also do a number of other Doctors including the Fourth and Tenth, plus several abstract Doctor Who related patterns.

But one that caught my eye from a Fifth Doctor point of view claims to be a tribute to Peter Davison - but for the life of me I cannot get the reference.

I assume it is supposed to be his striped trousers - but in GREEN?

Peter Davison Tribute Silk bow tie

Peter Davison Tribute
Question mark Silk bow tie

Saturday 17 August 2013

Original 5th Doctor items on eBay -
August 2013

The trade in Silurian body parts continue with the latest offering on eBay...

Warriors Of The Deep
framed Silurian body part

This is an original screen used Silurian leader piece of costume framed. (from the Warriors Of The Deep 1984) the costume was purchased in a Bonhams auction in 1991. This highly detailed piece from the left leg and was worn on the skin directly and was made with much more detail.
It comes with COA.

Width is 12 inch
Length is 15 inch

I have had it valued at £160 to £170 and have started the auction at the lowest price but I am open to reasonable offers.

Warriors Of The Deep
framed Silurian body part
Can be signed by Peter Davison on 24th November if purchased before then (and possibly Mark Strickson)

This is an amazing piece - with the anniversary of doctor who, I thought I would offer an amazing opportunity. Relisted due to unfair bidders misbidding and cancelling at the last minute!

This is the last remaining piece of the original screen used costume for the Silurian Leader Ichtar from this famous Peter Davison story.

The suite was purchased by me on from the BBC dr who 1991 Bonhams auction. It had deteriorated awfully - you may have seen the main boiler suite element of the costume on ebay a few weeks ago - essentially, that was just a dirty suite with a few scales as they had all fallen off.

However, the legs and arms were actual proper fitted costume pieces with full latex fitted appliances and the left leg piece is what we have here. It is beatiful - you can see the scales, the texture, the colour in this amazing large original piece.

This comes displayed in a large custom made display frame and will be supplied with certifcate of provenence confirming its authenticity and purchase from an official BBC auction at Bonhams.

I had one of these pieces for each limb and sold two and kept one, with this being the last. The other two sold for £140 average, so grab a bargain with a £1 start!

Thursday 11 July 2013

Original 5th Doctor items on eBay -
July 2013

Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but it feels like something fishy is going on over on eBay!

Back in February a Silurian Right Arm sold in auction for £192. It was made very distinctive by the pattern of damage on the arm and inside the hand-written name of the actor who wore it (Norman Comer).

Well in May it popped up again on eBay. Same seller. Same pattern of damage. Same actor’s name inside. This time selling for £67.02.

Doctor Warriors Of The Deep
Silurian Right Arm & Chest
SOLD FOR £67.02

Then this month it reappeared again on eBay. This time with new pictures, but the same distinctive damage to the arm with the same actor’s name inside. This time round it had a starting price of £80, but went unsold.
I can only guess that buyers are not going through with sales properly....

Doctor Warriors Of The Deep
Silurian Right Arm & Chest

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Premiere Props auction - 15th June 2013

Usually around this time of year I would be writing up all the wonderful items in the Summer Film and Entertainment auction at Bonhams.
Sadly this year it tragically disappoints with absolutely nothing on offer :(

The only remotely Doctor Who related item in the July 3rd Bonhams sale is a costume design/portrait of Sir John Gielgud by June Hudson.

To make up for this lack of Who in the UK, I’ve found a one-off item in a big Hollywood Prop sale at Premiere Props in the US - but don’t get too excited!
Premiere Props - 15th June 2013
Movie Props & Movie Memorabilia

Lot 220. This is a Dr. Who mask from the TV series circa 1988. It comes from the infamous 1990 Bonhams London auction. The mask has been painted several times indicating use in various shows. The auction was sanctioned by the BBC and came from their costume warehouse that was sold off a few years later for offices.
Now, if you are a loss to guess where this prop comes from you’d be forgiven - I don’t know either!

Is it a mask for an evil baddie? A disguise for The Master?

The only clue is the 1991 Bonhams auction (not 1990 as the listing stated) for which I have the catalogue.
I wondered if it was the mask worn by Nyssa in the fancy dress party from Black Orchid, but I’m not so sure now.

Does anyone have a clue?
If so - let me know.

Sunday 9 June 2013

And the winner is.... The Fifth Doctor!

This year continues to be very successful for the costumes I have been making.

Back in February I won Best In Show for my Ultimate Six Frock Coat, and last month I showed how one of my clients won a Best In Show at a costume competition for her Romana costume.

Well I have now learned that a another of my other clients has been strutting his stuff and winning a competition too!

Late last year Bret, asked me to help him get his Fifth Doctor costume together.
He was looking to assemble the later Season 21 variant, and I was able to make him the Frock Coat, the correct trousers and a hatband.

Bret told me:
My Frock Coat, Trousers, Braces and Hatband by Steve Ricks are top notch; the quality and fit are excellent and accurate to the last degree, well worth what I paid. It is a comfortable and easily recognizable costume that is a joy to wear! The Jumper is by Bob Mitch and I blocked the Panama Hat myself.

He debuted the complete costume in late March at WonderCon in San Diego where he met up with a number of other Doctor Who cosplayers.

It’s cool to see the classic Doctors are still remembered alongside the usual Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.

There was also a Stolen Earth style Rose Tyler on hand.

Bret then attended a Doctor Who Costume Ball at Whimsic Alley, a Harry Potter themed store in Los Angeles.

Up for grabs was Best Alien, Best Companion and Best Doctor.

The Best Alien prize was won by Bret’s girlfriend Jaqueline for her Novice Hame outfit (see left).

There were about 15 entrants for the Doctor, with the majority being modern incarnations (Nine, ten and Eleven).

Not aware there was a competition taking place he hadn’t intended to enter, but after friends encouraged him, he reluctantly agreed.

Judging was by the attendees by applause and the prize was a copy of the just released Doctor Who Character Encyclopaedia.

Well done Bret!