Tuesday 25 December 2012

Original 7th Doctor item on eBay - December 2012

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

Here’s what I found.

The Curse Of Fenric
Haemovore Costume


And if you can’t afford a WHOLE Haemovore, you can always buy a bit of one!

Curse Of Fenric
framed piece of Haemavoure mask

Original screen used Haemavoure costume piece from Curse of Fenric (1989)

This is an unbelievable piece for all Dr Who fans.

Any props from the original series of Dr Who are rare, those from actual creatures are even rarer.

This is a piece from the 1989 story starring Sylvester McCoy - Curse of Fenric. These fantastic creatures are iconic and this is fondly remembered as one of the highlights of the Mcooy years, in one of the best stories of the era.

This costume was purchased in a Bonham’s auction. Like all foam latex masks, these deteriorate greatly with time. Whilst some haemavoures do survive, they are not doing well. This piece is from one of these original screen used creatures that is no more and are extremely rare. I only have one left!

This highly detailed piece was from the neck and has survived wit hthe intricate detail clear to see.

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

This piece is presented in a 3D display frame and come with a certifcate of authenticity from the doctor who prop experts from whom I bought the costume, who got them from the Bonhams BBC auction.

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Bonhams auction - 12th December 2012

It’s nearly December, and that means yet another Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale.

As usual Doctor Who gets a look in, with a range of eras represented, including a stunningly colourful poster for the second Peter Cushing Dalek film, Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD.

But the main items on offer cover the now finished spin-off series, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures. Since both these series had the bulk of their runs alongside the Tennant era, I have listed them in my Coat blog.

Here is the only two items from the McCoy era.

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 146
Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks: An autographed Outside Broadcasting Schedule for 4th-13th April 1988, front cover signed by Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, with 38 numbered pages detailing locations, cast and crew instructions
Estimate: £250 - 300
Sold for £187

A statement with this lot confirms it was bought from an auction on 4th September 1993 at the Panopticon 'Doctor Who Convention'. Sylvester McCoy signed it at 'Collectormania', June 2012 and Sophie Aldred at a 10th Planet signing.

Lot 147
Doctor Who: A 'Tardis' panel, in blue-painted wood with white lettering Police Telephone Free For Use Of Public Advice And Assistance Obtainable Immediately Officers And Cars Respond To Urgent Calls Pull To Open, 11½ x 14½ inches (29x36.5cm)
Estimate: £400 - 500
Withdrawn from sale

According to information from the vendor, this was supplied by the BBC to CAL, the company that animated the 'Doctor Who' title sequence for the 24th Series in 1987. Oliver Elms, the BBC graphics designer who story-boarded the sequence, sent the Tardis panel to CAL to be used as part of the design process. From the livery and typeface, this is a 1980s-style door sign.

Saturday 27 October 2012

Costume Station Zero -
The Real McCoys

My good friend Bob Mitsch in the US has released the latest episode of his Costume Station Zero podcast!

24th October 2012

This time Bob is joined by Chris Pocock and John Walker, the webmasters of classicdoctorwhoprops.com to talk about their impressive collection of original costumes and props.

They own the complete screen-worn Colin Baker costume I have used to create The Ultimate Six Frock Coat.

They also discuss meeting Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy!

Ep 10 - The Real McCoys (part 1)
Ep 10 - The Real McCoys (part 2)

Monday 15 October 2012

Original 7th Doctor items - on eBay!

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

Here’s what’s been on offer.

Seventh Doctor
SOLD FOR £1,650

Original Tardis key used by Sylvester McCoy as the seventh Doctor during the 1988 season of Doctor Who.

Originally constructed in plastic board, moulded in silicon and finally cast in grey-coloured resin, with central symbol of the Pydonian seal, with chain,

Provenance : comes with a statement of authenticity from Mike Tucker "Miniature Effects Supervisor", confirming he made this original prop during the 1988 season of Doctor Who, was one of several made all were used at different times by the production.

Lot 112 Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia (Wednesday 29 June 2011).

key 6.5cm (2½in) long.

Seventh Doctor
Red Hatband Hanky
SOLD FOR £256.38

This is one of the hatbands worn by Seventh Doctor, Syvlester McCoy during his tenure as the Time Lord.

It was obtained at a Longleat auction hosted by John Nathan Turner on Sunday 1st August (I’d love to tell you which year but the accompanying sheet doesn’t say it!) where it was item number 4 to be sold.

Time And The Rani
Tetrap Prop

Here we have an original screen used prop from the 1987 Doctor Who story Time and the Rani, the 1st story to feature Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor. This particular prop is a miniature Tetrap, the bat-like creatures seen throughout the story. This Tetrap was used in the scenes where Tetraps were seen hanging from the ceiling of the Tetrap cave, and can also be seen on the cover of the novel of Time and the Rani. This prop is in absolutely fantastic condition, and is now over 25 years old. The Tetrap Is made from sturdy foam latex, and is covered in faux fur. The latex is in absolutely superb condition with no cracks whatsoever.
The Tetrap is about 20 inches tall, and is a perfect size for a display prop. I bought the prop directly from the owner of www.doctorwhoprops.com, the best buyer and seller of original Doctor Who props known to man, who will confirm that this prop is 100% original and 100% screen used. This is an absolutely excellent example of a typical 1980's Doctor Who prop. The Tetrap also comes with its own professionally made custom display case. I had the case made shortly after purchasing the prop, by a company called Widdowsons, and cost over £100 on its own. The case measures roughly 22 inches tall, 8 inches wide and 7 inches deep. It is made of ultra-violet resistant perspex which protects the contents of the case, and the base is wooden with a soft finish on the inside.

Thursday 13 September 2012

Costume Station Zero - go for immediate launch!

My good friend Bob Mitsch in the US has announced Costume Station Zero - a free podcast dedicated to all things cosplay - launching today,  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 couple of episodes have been posted, and the current download has some Doctor Who content.

13th September 2012
This is a chat with Seventh Doctor mega-fan Andy Teal, founder of www.prydoacademy.com and organizer for the Doctor Who Cosplayers at Dragon Con. He and Bob talk about the Dragon Con event and get into the details of the 7th Doctor’s costume.

Episode 2 - Dragon Con and the 7th Doctor (part 1 of 2)
Episode 2 - Dragon Con andthe 7th Doctor (part 2 of 2)

Tuesday 12 June 2012

Imperial Dalek –

Over the past few years there have been a number of auctions at Bonhams where items from Doctor Who have been sold, some for very high prices.
I have done my best to cover as many of these as possible and bring you news of what has been on offer and the final sale prices they sold for.

But what happens to all the items once the sale is over? Where do they go? And can we ever get to see them again?

Well today I found the answer to one lot sold at the 2010 Doctor Who auction.

An Imperial Dalek, which was built for the 1988 adventure Remembrance Of The Daleks, was lot number 80 in the infamous Bonhams auction.

Like many Daleks from around that time, it was in a pretty sorry state, with part of its neck structure missing; the exterminator gun lacking some struts, and what remained were bent; the skirt missing at least one bump; and its cream paintwork looking a bit tatty and scuffed around the edges.

Despite this it sold for £15,600. (A vastly altered identical Dalek sold for £20,400 in the same sale.)

I went along to the viewing for the sale and got to see the dale for myself, and it almost looked worse in real life, compared to the photograph.

The neck was particularly sorry to see, with several pieces of the gold mesh missing, revealing the fibreglass structure underneath.

Anyway, fast forward to this month, and a new exhibition has opened at the EMP museum in Seattle.

And Who was on the ticket for the opening launch party? (see what I did there?) None other than the Imperial Dalek himself!

Many other films and tv are represented at the exhibition, from Kirk’s command chair in Star Trek; Neo’s coat from the Matrix films; a Terminator head; and Superman’s space capsule.

I do not know the story behind his travel from the UK to Seattle, but from the museum’s Facebook page, there has been some level of restoration involved, but this appears to have been limited to cleaning the paintwork and patching over the structural losses around the neck.

The museum have then created an iconic image of the Dalek looking pristine and bright as a button. You would be forgiven for thinking it had been lovely restored to its former glory.

Photo by Jessica Trimble
This, however, is a little misleading as the Dalek on display still shows signs of its age, with that skirt bump still missing and the neck half lost.

Me thinks a Photoshop wizard had a hand in the publicity photo above . . ..
If you want to go and see the Imperial Dalek at the EMP Museum, you can read details below

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 Seventh Doctor era