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.