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).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.
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.
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).
Mark Of The Rani and Timelash saw a back cat with an arched back (see left, top);
The Two Doctors saw a white, very contented looking cat (see left, middle);
and for Revelation Of The Daleks he sported a rather cartoon-like white cat (see left, bottom).
Following the 18-month hiatus, he returned with some new brooches, a couple of which have an interesting background story.
They were designed and created by Maggie Howard, and they were known as Maggie’s Moggies.
The brooches were based directly on two of Colin Baker’s own cats: Eric and Weeble!
The black cat was Eric (see left):
and the grey and white was Weeble (see below).
It would be incorrect to call them production made, as they are hand crafted replicas of the originals made by the original artist, so they’re as close as you’re going to get.
I have no idea what the extent of the run was, so am unable to gauge their rarity.
Just to be completist for this entry, Colin Baker was only seen wear one further cat brooch, a comic-styled ginger cat, in Terror Of The Vervoids (see left).