Monday 28 December 2015

Original 6th Doctor items on eBay - December 2015

I see Sil’s ticker tape machine has spewed out another section of tape.
Back it on eBay!

Trial Of A Timelord Mindwarp -
Sil’s Ticker Tape
- This auction is for a genuine cutting of ticker tape taken from the adding machine used by Sil in the BBC Dr Who - Trial of a Timelord Season - Story "Mindwarp".
- This prop featured in the Mindwarp episodes recorded in BBC TV Centre between 27.05.86 and 13.06.86
- The ticker tape dispenser was made by George Read to the design specification drawn up by Peter Wragg.
- Ticker tape is attached to A4 card and signed by Steve Cambden. Bottom right of card.

Trial Of A Time Lord - Script
- 61 page BBC Dr Who Rehearsal Copy Script from 1986.
- The Trial Of A Time Lord Episode 10.
- This BBC 1986 production file copy was held in the official BBC Production Office filing cabinets.
- Interesting item as shows episode timings on the top right of each page likely from a prep and rehearsals pre transmission in 1986.
- This BBC filing script also comes with a letter confirming its authenticity from the previous owner who knew John Nathan-Turner.
- The script is in good condition for its age.
- The script clip has some rusting due to the nature of its age. All pages are A4 green.
- I will only send this via tracked and signed delivery due to its rare nature and value.
- Please send any questions and I will send a response in 24 hours. Thanks.

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Bonhams auction - 10th December 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time for the end of year Entertainment Memorabilia sale at Bonhams.

Here’s the Doctor Who items on offer.

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 Sixth Doctor era

Lot 72
Doctor Who - The Trial of a Timelord and the Five Doctors: a camera script and a rehearsal script, BBC, 1986 / 1983,
The Trial of a Timelord camera script including a recording order for episodes 1-4 taking place 10th-12th May 1986, cast and main crew lists, contact list, the script 126pp. of mimeographed typescript, unbound with metal fastening in top left hand corner; The Five Doctors rehearsal script including a cast and main crew list, the script incomplete with 156pp. of mimeographed typescript, unbound with metal fastening in top left hand corner; accompanied by a piece of A4 paper signed by Jon Pertwee and others who worked on The Five Doctors.

The vendor acted on Doctor Who for many years in different roles, including as a yeti in the Web of Fear and was given this prop after filming had ended.

Estimate £500 - 700

Monday 16 November 2015

Bonhams FLASHBACK: 16th & 17th November 2005 Rock n' Roll & Film Memorabilia

I’ve been researching the Entertainment Memorabilia auctions at Bonhams, and it was EXACTLY 10 years ago today that Tom’s scarf, last worn in Shada, was sold along with a number of other classic series items.

Here’s what was on offer.
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 Sixth Doctor era

Lot 611
'Dr. Who': The Master's 'tissue compression eliminator' (miniaturising gun), the prop in black-painted brass with electric wiring, as used by Anthony Ainley throughout the 1980s in his portrayal of The Doctor's nemesis, 23cm (9in) long.
Estimate £700 - 900
Sold for £1,440

Lot 614
A model of the Tardis,

1980s, made of balsa, base with switch and marked in red 002 B.N., top with light, 16in (6¼in) high
Estimate £200 - 300
Sold for £228

Lot 622
'Dr. Who': a Tardis roundel,
fibreglass, with traces of black and grey paint, indicating use in the Tardis of both The Doctor and The Master, believed to be the last surviving example from the original Tardis, 55cm (21½in) diameter

Estimate: £500 - 700

Lot 622A
A collection of Dr Who costumes
Estimate £40 - 60
Sold for £312

Lot 624A
A model of the Tardis,

1980s, balsa, wired for light, base with on/off switch, 15cm (6in) high
Estimate £200 - 300
£200 - 300

Lot 625
A model of the Tardis,

1980s, in balsa, 11cm (4¼in) high
Estimate £100 - 150
Sold for £90

Lot 629
A cape worn by Colin Baker,

two-tone blue wool with gold-coloured braid and fasteners, as seen in the 1985 episode 'Revelation Of The Daleks'
Estimate £1,000 to £1,200
Sold for £1,800

Saturday 5 September 2015

REPLICA 6th Doctor items on eBay -
September 2015

All I can say is be careful of paying massively over-inflated prices for things that might appear to be better than they are.
Always ready the description closely too.

Doctor Who - Colin Baker (The Sixth Doctor Who) Suzie Trevor Cat Badge
BBC Costume Designer Pat Godfrey purchased four cat badges from a specialist badge shop in Central London for Colin Baker’s costume in 1984. The badges were hand made by Suzie Trevor in clay. This badge was one of four created for me by Suzie from her original moulds and has been displayed on my screen used Colin Baker Costume in a number of exhibitions.

Just a reminder that you can still buy an EQUALLY ORIGINAL cat brooch, hand made by Susan Trevor from the original mould, for £35 inclusive of global shipping.

Making My 6th Doctor Costume - purrrrrrfection!

Doctor Who Experience Colin Baker Replica Cat Badge
(The Sixth Doctor Who)
This cat badge is the same as the badge used in the Official BBC Television Exhibition ‘The Doctor Who Experience, Earls Court, London. The costume displayed in the exhibition was not screen used but a replica made by a couple trading under the name ‘Cloth Ears’. A badge of this design was used on the display.

I was browsing around on eBay and found a cheap as chips listing for a white plastic cat brooch which I thought was worth a look.

Art Deco Style Cat Pin Brooch Acrylic Laser Printed

Friday 4 September 2015

Prop Store London auction -
23rd September 2015

So, after a number of lack-lustre auctions, it finally looks like Bonhams has a genuine challenger to their Entertainment Memorabilia sales. have been selling high-end props and costumes for sometime now, including the occasional Doctor Who piece.

But this month they are holding a live auction at the BFI IMAX cinema in Waterloo - for all intents and purposes a Bonhams style auction.

there‘s some amazing stuff on offer, from Mr Spock’s costume from classic Star Trek, to costumes from Back To The Future, the Alien and Star Wars films.

And unlike the last couple of years of Bonhams auctions, there are is a good spread of quality items on offer to attract the interest of the dedicated Doctor Who fans out there.

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 Sixth Doctor

Lot 92
Terror of the Vervoids Communicator Device
A handheld communicator device from the BBC sci-fi television series Doctor Who. This communicator was used in the 1986 serial Terror of the Vervoids by The Doctor (Colin Baker) and the crew of the Hyperion III after the ship was invaded by the plantlike Vervoids.

The prop communicator is made of aluminium with bevelled edges and original rubber buttons. Sympathetically restored, the piece features a replacement grill made using production-used mesh and a replacement red Perspex triangular section. One of only two believed to still be in existence, this prop device displays some scratches and wear but remains overall in good condition. Dimensions: 12 cm x 5 cm x 2 cm (4 ¾” x 2” x 1”)

Estimate £300-500

Lot 93
Terror of the Vervoids Light-Up Blaster
A prop light-up blaster from Doctor Who. This blaster and others like it were used by The Doctor (Colin Baker) and the crew of the Hyperion III after the ship was invaded by the plant-like Vervoids.

The prop blaster is made from vac-formed plastic and resin with an acrylic barrel. Lights run up the barrel and are activated by a button on the grip. The blaster is finished in yellow and black paint. A replacement battery cover has been fitted to the weapon’s left side and the piece has some scratches and wear to the paint finish. It remains in otherwise good condition. Dimensions: 19 cm x 16 cm x 6 cm (7 ½” x 6 ½” x 2 ½”)

As this item contains electronic components, every effort has been made to describe them accurately; however no guarantee or warranty is made as to functionality, lifespan or safety of those compo-nents. It is entirely incumbent on the new owner to satisfy themselves as to their safe use and maintenance.

Estimate £600-800
Sold for £600

You can see my photos from when I
visited the auction preview here

Tuesday 7 July 2015

Original 6th Doctor items on eBay -
July 2015

I noticed a very similar item to this back in November 2012.

That time around it sold for £55.66!

I wonder what this one will fetch this time around.

Mindwarp Sil Ticker Tape
SOLD FOR £28.01

Up for auction is a strip of ticatape used in sils computer from trial of a timelord obtained from steve cambden who has signed it as well.

Meanwhile, omeone is selling of their script collection on eBay this month, and here are the times relating to the Sixth Doctor.

Mark of the Rani
(composer John Lewis's own scripts)
UNSOLD FOR £400 (best offer accepted)

Listed is a lot of original BBC Doctor Who Scripts (Composer John Lewis personal copies)

These scripts are from the story Mark of the Rani, ep 1 & 2 which comprise of four scripts split into two parts each. Also included is the production schedule, all contained in a dark grey BBC folder with Mark of the Rani written in biro.

The Scripts are in good order, although shows slight pin rust, page wear, and have been production used with numerous corrections, quotes, telephone numbers and coffee stains ect..... most likely John Lewis himself no doubt.

These items were obtained directly from the family of a sound engineer friend who worked with the late John Lewis on the show's music shortly before he became too ill  resulting in his sad passing, who then was subsequently replaced by Jonathan Gibbs in 1984 to finish off the music, although some remained as tribute to him which can be heard in the special features of the DVD release.

"I must emphasise that these are production used, his own personal scripts whilst working on the show's music. I have also for provenance a copy provided of the original BBC contract stating how much he (John Lewis) was to be paid for minutes of music which will accompany this rare lot. So don't miss out on this rare piece of Doctor Who memorabilia!" Reason for the sale is that as you can see with my other listings that I'm selling my whole collection after many years. It was fun obtaining them, sad to part with them obviously, but now it's time to move on. So watch out for further original scripts and goodies that will be listed soon.

Update 5th July 2015: I've added some pics of the said John Lewis contract copy given to me by the family of the late sound engineer & friend of the late Doctor Who composer who both worked on the music at the BBC in the mid eighties and at Passion Music limited.

Mindwarp script signed by Nicola Bryant and Brian Blessed

You are bidding on an original script from the doctor who story mindwarp. This script has been signed by Nicola Bryant and Brian blessed. The script contains the scene where peri dies.
Great piece of who history.
Purchased many years ago and in good condition

Mysterious Planet script signed by Dominic Glynn

You are bidding on an original doctor who script for the studio session of mysterious planet. The script is 100 pages long . It also comes with a recording order script which tells you the scenes being recorded on the studio days this has been signed by Dominic Glynn.

Revelation of the Daleks
episode 1 script

This is an original television script from the BBC Television programme Doctor Who.

This script is from 1985 - episode 1 of Revelation of the Daleks starring Colin Baker.

It is printed on white paper, which is rather faded.

The butterfly clip is very rusty, and some of the pages have become very fragile (see photos)

Please be aware that this paper is 30 years old, and accordingly is fragile.

Please note this script relates to an episode which was 45 minute duration, so this is a thick document, well in excess of 100 pages.

At the front of this script is a 2 page synopsis of both episodes of the story, but this sale is only for part 1.

I came by it as I was a close personal friend of John Nathan-Turner, who produced Doctor Who in the 1980s.

Upon his death (2002), and that of his partner (2007), I was left his extensive Doctor Who collection, which included a number of scripts, including this one.

John had them in his private collection due to the fact that the BBC "Classic series" production office closed in 1990, and all of the paperwork and contents of the office were to be destroyed / dumped. John realised their value, and thankfully personally saved them all, and stored them in his home in Brighton.

They were untouched in storage until 2007 when I took charge of them.

Please be aware that these items are absolutely unique. There may be "other" copies or duplicates of this script around, but this is the "file" copy held in the production office filing cabinets.

Tuesday 2 June 2015

Ultimate Six Frock Coat - side by side

I had the privilege of visiting one of the three original screen-worn Sixth Doctor Frock Coats last weekend.

With work on a batch of my latest coats was finished, and I owed my friends an upgrade on the coat I made them a while back.

This also gave me the chance to put one of my early versions as well as my latest alongside the real deal for a comparison.

My main reason was to see how the reworked tartan held up, as this is one of the trickiest to replicate with all the nuances of how the original’s colour had been achieved.
Just to clarify, in all these photographs the original coat is on the left and my replica is on the right
You may recall I recently had to reorder more cloth as I had run out, so took the opportunity to radically revise my yarn colour choices to match the as-found bright PINK tartan fabric from the 1980s.

I did this with the full intention of over-dying it in the same way it had been done prior to being tailored into Colin Baker’s distinctive costume.

By doing this we flooded the darker colours with red dye, polluting their appearance in the same way, thus achieving an even closer match than before.

Well thats the theory.

So this weekend was my first chance to see for certain if it had been worth the effort - and the answer is a resounding YES!

The tragic thing about the screen-worn coat is that due to the quicksand scene in The Ultimate Foe, all three coats were almost entirely trashed. Despite repeated dry cleaning there are still stains and marks on the fabric, and their collective drape and tailoring have been near ruined, so the coat looks very sorry for itself.

When I placed my latest tartan against the real deal, I found my yarn counts had worked perfectly - you can see how the stripes match up across a number of pattern repeats.

But the thing I am mot happy with is the colour.

Finally I am truly satisfied with the result.

Saturday 23 May 2015

Cat brooches back in stock

This week I took delivery of a new batch of cat brooches, all hand made by Susan Trevor, the original maker.

After creating some nifty presentation cards for the City Of Death palette brooch set, I thought it would be cool to do the same for the Sixth Doctor cat brooches at last.

I’m real happy with them.
Let me know what you think.

Saturday 14 March 2015

Day Of The Doctors

This weekend was Day Of The Doctors, the latest one-day convention organised by Tenth Planet Events.

Day of the Doctors - 14th March 2015
the headline guests are Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Colin Baker, however, Peter had to drop out at short notice, so we are getting Sylvester McCoy instead.

There are also a number of other guests attending, ranging from the Valeyard himself Michael Jayston, to Cyber Leader David Banks, and David Collings who appeared in no less than three classic series adventures and genre-crossing legend David Warner.

Now, I am sorry for being slow on the uptake here, but the inclusion of David Banks threw me a bit. What I hadn’t quite twigged was all the guests (bar a couple of also-rans) had at some point played “The Doctor” - hence the title of the convention.

The Valeyard was The Doctor’s 13th regeneration; David Collings had played The Doctor for a reimagined Big Finish production and David Banks as you will hear played the part on stage when Jon Pertwee fell ill, but more on that later.

With Tom in attendance I thought I’d wear my Denys Fisher doll costume, with the intention of getting my photo taken with him. This was the first time I had worn it to a UK convention and a number of people understood it straight away, which was cool.

Usually I find the Tenth Planet events to be well planned and run, but on this occasion they were experimenting with a new format which frankly didn’t work for me.

The morning was taken up by the obligatory photocalls, but this time around the main hall was used like a mass holding area, with a form of seated queuing system before being called through for respective photos.

While this was happening there was absolutely no alternative programme to watch. So after I got my photo with Tom I was left with little to do before the main interview sessions kicked off.

So in the meantime I caught up with Rob, one of my blog readers who has made his own Sixth Doctor Frock Coat. Seeing it close up I was VERY impressed with what he had done. It is not the easiest of garments to take on, so I have massive respect for anyone with the guts to make it working solely from photos as reference material.

I was especially impressed with his hand-stitched appliqué strip in the rear of the coat, something I have seen others either get wildly wrong or completely omit as it is beyond their skill-set.

We had a good natter about the ins and outs of the collar and lapels, as well as sourcing the fabrics needed.

One of my other clients was attending wearing his Sixth Doctor Frock Coat that I had made him, and if you accept that my colours are matched directly from a screen-worn coat, you can see how well he has matched his own version.

I only had one photo shoot booked, with Tom Baker, so once that had happened I had a pretty dull morning, since  it wasn’t until 2pm before things really got going.

When I showed Tom the doll he totally got the costume and was more than happy to pop the doll in his top pocket, making for a cool picture!

Once everyone had their photoshoots done, it was time for the first interview panel.

First up we had Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy in a Doctor Who double-act. they were their usual selves, slightly bickering, always entertaining.

Then at 3pm Michael Jayston, David Collings and David Warner took to the stage to discuss their times on Doctor Who, playing The Doctor themselves, as well as talking about other sci-fi programmes they were involved with.

David Warner was particularly interesting to hear talk about working on Star Trek. Predictably he said the worst part was the make-up - but unpredictably it was having it removed at the end of the day that he hated the most.

He said it was fine going into work early and just snoozing while the make-up artists applied it. The human cast were arrive a bit later and after a days work they would go home - but those with prosthetics had to go through another hour or so in the make-up chair while it was carefully removed. You don’t immediately think of that aspect to it.

At 3.45pm it was the turn of David Banks and Trevor Martin. This was the stalking horse of the event and for me was bar far the best interview of the day.

Trevor Martin had played The Doctor on stage in Doctor Who And The Daleks In The Seven Keys To Doomsday. Written in 1974 by long-time contributor Terrance Dicks, it was a form of parallel universe interpretation to Doctor Who, with the play opening with the Third Doctor regenerating into the Trevor Martin version of the Fourth Doctor.

Trevor interpreted the role in his own way, creating his own regeneration. That really is the beauty of the series - it can be perpetually reinvented and still remain just as valid.

The same could be said for Doctor Who The Ultimate Adventure. Staged in 1989 and starring Jon Pertwee, it was planned as a twenty theatre tour.

After less than a month in the role Jon fell ill and had to bow out, so David Banks who was playing the villain of the piece (and was Jon’s understudy) had to step up and take on the lead part.

Jon did briefly return to the part, but handed over to Colin Baker who took over for the rest of the run.

Finally at 4.40pm it was the turn of David Gooderson and Peter Miles.

Both actors come from the world of Davros, with David having played the iconic part on Destiny Of The Daleks, and Peter was his right-hand man in Genesis Of The Daleks.

I met David only a couple of months back at Gallifrey One in Los Angeles. He is the nicest, sweetest and most softly spoken guy you could imagine - far from his villainous screen persona.
Peter on the other hand was a bit more abrasive and abrupt during the interview. Happy to talk, but no time for messing around.

All in all it was a good day, with some great guests and insightful interviews. I hope they don't repeat the morning format again - it didn’t work for me!