Tuesday 25 October 2011

Eric and Weeble!

I bought these little beauties a while back, but I thought it was time to share them with you.
But before going into details of their background, I thought I do a quick run-down of all the cat brooches Colin Baker wore - don’t worry, there’s actually only seven.
During his time as The Doctor, Colin Baker incorporated his love of cats into his costume in a couple of novel ways: inside the yellow lapel of his coat he added a cat silhouette for every adventure he got under his belt (see below, right); and on the pink lapel of his coat he had a cat brooch (see below, left).

The apparent plan was to fill the yellow lapel with silhouettes, then move onto the pink, but this was completely abandoned after Revelation Of The Daleks, and the silhouettes were never seen again.

Brooch One
The first brooch was a china tortoise shell cat, which was used from The Twin Dilemma through to Vengeance On Varos.
I was lucky enough to get myself an exact copy in 1985, when the artist who created it did a very limited run of replicas (see left).

This is always the one that sticks in my mind, as it was used the most and I had one on my prized Sixth Doctor Frock Coat replica I had made (see right).

Sunday 16 October 2011


Over the past months Forbidden Planet have been progressively releasing t-shirts of The Doctor’s iconic costumes.

So far Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven and Ten have been released.

This month not only sees the First Doctor join the gang, but the first to depict an enemy of The Doctor - the Cybermen!

The t-shirt shows the version seen during their triumphal return in Earthshock after an absence of many years, and also in Attack Of The Cybermen.


Thursday 13 October 2011

The Doctor meets the press

Just thought I’d share an interesting little press article I found being sold on eBay.

It’s from around early 1984 (no date is on the clipping) and concerns The Doctor’s new costume.

it is funny to see how the press reacted to the explosion of colour - especially since the accompanying photo is in murky black and white!

What caught my eye though was a comment about his waistcoat.
There were two waistcoats made, one with tails and one without. You can clearly see the tails in a scene during Vengence On Varos when The Doctor removes his coat.

It was sort of assumed he wore the tail-less waistcoat most of the time and only donned the tailed version when it would show, but the article specifically mentions the tails.

Anyway, enjoy.