Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Bonhams: 1994 -
December 19th Entertainment Sale

In my researching into sales of Doctor Who costumes and memorabilia at historical Bonhams auctions, I came across the catalogue for an Entertainment Sale in late 1994.

There are a good dozen Who-related items right at there end of the sale.

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 Fourth Doctor era
NB: There are minimal photo illustrations in the catalogue. 
All colour images (bar lot 400) are internet sourced and as example only

Lot 377 DR. WHO
A copy of ‘Dr. Who Discovers Prehistoric Animals’, a paperback book published in 1977, in which ‘Even Dr. Who finds out things he did not knowl', signed on the title page by Tom Baker, in blue ink.
Estimate £30 - 50

Lot 378 DR. WHO
A model of the Dr. Who’s Tardis. approximately 9 1/2in. high, thought to have featured in many Dr. Who BBC Television episodes of the 1970's.
Estimate £100 - 200

Lot 381 DR. WHO
Meglos, 1974 (Tom Baker) Two hats worn by General Grugger (Simon Shaw) and a Tigellan guard (Simon Shaw). (2)
Estimate £100 - 150

Lot 382 DR. WHO
Pyramids of Mars, 1975 (Tom Baker) A scaled-down replica of Suterh the Destroyer’s head.
Estimate £100 - 200

A longbow by Bear, together with some black and white photographs of Tom Baker in Dr. Who costume aiming this bow. (qty.)
Footnote: Thought to have been taken on location when Tom Baker was attending a private function in Dr. Who costume.
Estimate £500 - 700

Lot 392 DR. WHO
A camera script for The Destructors (The Sentaran Experiment, 1974, Tom Baker), signed by John Nathian-Turner, John Leeson and Colin Jeavons, a rehearsal script for Vampire from Space (1971, Jon Pertwee), and a camera script for the Keeper of Traken (1980, Tom Baker). (qty.)
Estimate £150 - 200

Lot 393 DR. WHO
A blueprint of plans for the ‘New Lightweight Demountable Tardis’ designed by Tom Yardley-Jones, showing construction and graphics of this Dr. Who telephone box,
project no. 2340/9251, dated 25/2/80, 16 1/2 x 2 3/4in.
Estimate £150 - 250

A selection of postcards and photographs, of varying sizes, signed individually by Tom Baker, Jon Pertwee, John Levene, Colin Baker, Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sylvester McCoy, a clipped autograph of William Hartnell, and some others. (qty.)
Estimate £200 - 300

Lot 396 DR. WHO
A plywood replica of K-9 used for promotional purposes.
Estimate £100-200
Two unidentified heads and a green felt robe. (3)
Footnote: This lot was purchased from the Limegrove Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush, when it closed down in 1991.
Estimate £80 - 120

Lot 400 DR. WHO
Approximately ninety negatives and nine colour photographs thought to be location stills from ‘Robot’ (1975), ‘The Sentaran Experiment’ (1975) and ‘Terror of the Zygons’ (1976), many featuring Tom Baker as Dr. Who. (qty.)
Footnote: To be sold with copyright. Whilst the seller confirms that this property is sold with copyright, Bonhams can accept no liability in relation to any matters arising as a result of any imperfection in copyright given.
Estimate £600 - 800

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Original 4th Doctor items on eBay - December 2016

Spotted this on eBay this month.

Destiny of the Daleks - Tyssan jacket
DOCTOR WHO 1979 '' DESTINY OF THE DALEKS '' TYSSAN ( Tim Barlow ) distressed jacket and belt.

The Jacket originally had foam padding inside (quite a lot of costumes from around this time
were padded using the dreaded pink foam) .......... but this has turned to dust, on photographing the costume
the dust was still making its presence known, even though I had gentle shook it for a good few minutes.
(I have the same trouble with the Mandrel, every time you move it another pile of dust comes out)

ORIGINALLY sold by The Prop Gallery more info and pictures at:
The Prop Gallery | Tyssan (Tim Barlow) jacket - Destiny of the Daleks

Tyssan is one of the main characters in the story and is in some of the key moments in the story.

A RARE opportunity to own a screen matched key characters piece of wardrobe, from the Tom Baker era and ad to that from a Dalek story. ......... what more could you want?

Warriors Gate - Gundan costume
This is an original BBC costume from the classic, Tom Baker, Doctor who serial, "Warriors Gate", originally aired during the 18th season over three episodes from 3 January to 24 January 1981.

This is a full Gundan jumpsuit, which sat underneath the armour on each Gundan robot.

It is in excellent condition with a foam corrugated type material top and silky black arms and legs.

It also comes with a Gundan waist harness, that joins around the waist and through the legs (picture).

Written inside the jumpsuit is the name Tony Prior, who is credited as a Gundan robot in the serial.

The harness has J.Adams written on the inside.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Bonhams auction - 15th December 2016

Every six months I eager anticipate the Bonhams Entertainment auctions at Knightsbridge.

They often turn up Doctor Who props and especially costumes. In the past we ’ve seen Tom’s trademark scarf sold, and even one of the velvet frock coats.

This time around, to say there is very little on offer is an understatement - only one solitary item. But it is a pair of shoes worn by Tom during his time as The Doctor!
Bonhams Sale 23527
15th December 2016
Entertainment Memorabilia

Lot 46 Tom Baker as The Fourth Doctor, a pair of brown brogues, 1970s,with four eyelets, inner stamped Regent Made In England, right shoe with indistinct size stamp but believed to be 12

Ex-lot 144, 'The Angels Film Costume Auction', 23rd May 2010, Cameo Fine Art Auctioneers.

Estimate £800 - 1,200
Sold for £937

Saturday, 29 October 2016

The Frock Coat Of Evil

After last week’s grey tweed frock coat, this week I completed work on what chronologically was Tom’s next coat, the brown velvet version which debuted in Face Of Evil!

This too was a client-led project, and something I hadn’t done before so again the production time inevitably became quite drawn out.

The main challenge was to source a velvet in just the right shade of brown.

I have a couple of suppliers I go to for velvets. It’s from these that I sourced the velvets for the Sixth Doctor Frock Coat, as well as the collar of my City of Death coat.

One of my UK based supplier has over 40 colours and up till now hasn’t let me down, but for this particular coat the range of browns they stock just didn’t match the screen-worn shade I was after.

Next I looked to a manufacturer I use for corduroy and moleskin who also has a range of velvets, but again their range was too narrow to cover what I was looking for.

Next on my list was a stockist in Germany who have a good range, but it’s difficult sometimes to communicate the shade you want and the range of browns they sent still didn’t have what I was looking for. They also were a little on the heavy side, and given the fluid drape I need for the skirt part of the coat, the cloth really wasn’t suitable.

This left a final option - the various cloth and fabric shops of London’s Soho.

To be honest I don’t like to use Soho for a coats like this, as although you can sometimes find what you want, the stock isn’t repeatable and be a dead-end for future coats. When the Doctor Who costume designers find cloth here, like off-the-peg clothing used on the series, by the time you find where it came from the last of the cloth as gone and can’t be restocked.

However, I did find a couple of potential fabrics I was happy to show to the client, and sent him swatches. He wasn’t convinced and we went back and forward before agreeing that one of them could work.

Sadly though, by the time I got back to the shop my fears had come true - the last of that shade had been sold!
Despondent I looked through a couple more shops before heading home and chanced upon a PERFECT match - even better than the first choice I had sent the client.

Rather than let it slip through my fingers, I snapped up enough to make the coat, plus a second for myself, which I’ll make at a later date.

I conveyed the results of my trip back to the client and put a swatch in the post - but time was now of the essence and I needed to crack on with making the coat in time for his deadline around Halloween.

To cut the coat, I used a combination of the Eighth Doctor Night Of The Doctor coat I made, with the grey Android Invasion coat I did recently.

To be frank - having studied photos of the brown velvet frock coat - I don’t much care for it.

I feel the original was probably made in a rush and wasn’t best thought out or executed.

It has a set of waistline level pockets, but the flap are disproportionately large and look to have been hand sewn in place as an after thought. You can see the hand stitching in this screencap (see left).

Having discussed this with the client, we agreed to make the flaps large, but just pull back a little from their near comical size, so I used the pattern size of the lower pockets from the City Of Death and Android Invasion coats as a guide.

The buttons for this coat are very easy to match as they are simply self-covers buttons.
All I had to do was keep hold of some scraps of cloth left over during sewing, and took them along when I had the buttonholes sewn. The guy that does them also makes covered buttons while you wait!

The tailoring on this coat has been deliberately loose and lightweight. Where I would usually use a horse-hair or calico backing to support the cloth, I have erred on the side of a lighter weight or even a cotton pocketing fabric. This has made the the skirt of the coat hang very limp and the body is a lot looser on the the chest.

Although this doesn’t make it my best work in that regard, it’s given the coat a saggy pre-worn look I feel original had.

In hide-sight there are a couple of changes I might have made to the cut, but as it is the first time I have made this coat you can’t always 100% predict how it will turn out.

I’d love to hear what you think of the coat, as it’s taken quite a while to get to this stage!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Invasions Of The Frock Coats

Once in a while I am client-led when it comes to what new garments I make. And here is a case in point. What follows is a bit of an insight into how I work towards making one of my replicas.

After already making one Tom Baker coat for a client - who was over the moon with the result - he asked me if I could make another for him, but one as yet I hadn’t done - the grey frock coat that debuted in season 13’s The Android Invasion.

As it happened I had found sone PERFECT brown corduroy fabric a few years back, with the distinctive wide/narrow configuration.
It’s quite a chestnut brown colour, but being 100% cotton it means over-dyeing it to the required dark chocolate brown will not be a problem when it comes to it.

The main tweed fabric, however, is something more of a challenge.

It’s been often described and mis-identified as a Donegal akin to Matt Smith’s series five jacket. This is what is known as a classic hopscotch weave - one over/one under which forms a sort of checkerboard design.

But if you look closely you can see it actually is more of a vertical and horizontal grid pattern, so is a much more complex structure.

This detail rarely showed up the broadcast episodes as the definition of cameras back in the 1970s tended to mush the appearance of the coat into a single light grey colour.

Similarly most publicity stills fail to capture this detail of the fabric.

So finding a suitable cloth was going to be a problem, which in the end took months of research to track down, and endless discussions with a number of weavers with a view to recreating it from scratch.

After heading down the former then latter route, I chanced upon a near identical weave in the perfect colour way freely available in a fabric supplier’s catalogue. before rushing to buying the cloth I took a swatch to mull it over.

Convinced it was a good option, I first ordered one metre so I could do a drape and photography test.

It’s all very well finding a palm-sized swatch, but how the cloth will look en-mass in a garment is a whole other thing.
I think the scale of the weave is maybe a fraction large, but I am interested in how it looks at a distance, comparable with a publicity still, and to see if the weave forms an even grey colour.

I felt it was a success -  so finally the coat was on!

At this stage I shan’t bore you with the ins and outs of making the coat, I’m sure you want me to skip to the end and show you how it came out, so here it is!

This the the coat with the whole ensemble - shirt, waistcoat, cravat and of course scarf!

Losing the scarf so you can see more of the coat itself, here it is.

And this is how the coat looks from the back.

You can see how the cuffs are laid-in, with buttons aligning with the back seam, above which is the unusually sewn-in leather elbow patches.

I have also faithfully as I can recreated the deceptive closure of the coat. Although it has a button and buttonhole configuration for a double breasted coat, it is intended to be worn single breasted, with a toggle made from two buttons sewn together to pull the leading edges together.

As far as I have been able to find, this was only ever seen once, early on in The Android Invasion. For the rest of the coats appearances, the toggle was left dangling, often from the lower from buttonhole, as you can see in this photo from Horror Of Fang Rock.

I have drawn the line though at having the missing buttons which plagued the coat’s appearances down the years!

I managed to track down some buttons, which I think are a really great match to those used on the original. They were a chance find and now they are on the coat they look fab!

I’d love to hear what you think of the coat, as it’s taken quite a while to get to this stage.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Original 4th Doctor items on eBay -
July 2016

Now, this (or certainly other similar masks) have been doing the rounds since massive BBC Costume Sale in 1992!


Thursday, 2 June 2016

Bonham auction - 29th June 2016

After Bamfords nipped in earlier this month an stole Bonhams thunder, it’s now time for the summer Film and Entertainment auction at Bonhams in Knightsbridge.

There is a mix of new items; some items previously sold; and some items from previous sales that went unsold, now listed with lower estimates.

For the Fourth Doctor it is all new stuff which I haven’t seen at auction before.

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 Fourth Doctor era
Lot 81
Doctor Who: 'The Invasion Of Time', a Gallifreyan Outsider's cloak,

1978, of multi-coloured, striped cloth, applied with animal-print panels, and green and blue faux fur pieces, beaded cords

The cloak was screen used in the 1978 story 'The Invasion Of Time' and later reused in the 1989 story, 'Survival', as a Cheetah Person's horse blanket.
Estimate £1,000 - 1,500


Bamfords Entertainment Auction -
8th June 2016

The summer Film and Entertainment auction at Bonhams is at the end of this month, but before then there is a bonus auction at Bamfords.

I’m not aware of Bamfords selling Doctor Who items before, but their sale next week has twenty-one lots - rivalling any Bonhams auction in recent years.

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 Fourth Doctor era

Lot 4014 - Doctor Who - a mask.
Doctor Who - a mask, Davros, Creator of the Daleks, 32cm high

Sold for £170

Lot 4020 - Doctor Who - Meglos - a Caris costume
Doctor Who - Meglos - a Caris costume, worn by Colette Gleeson, 18th Season, first broadcast 27th September to 18th October 1980, jacket, white quilted fabric with black trim

Sold for £300

Lot 4027 - Doctor Who - The Creature From the Pit - a Chlorian costume and mask
Doctor Who - The Creature From the Pit - a Chlorian costume and mask, 17th Season, originally broadcast 27th October - 17th November 1979, maroon crushed velvet jacket

Sold for £500

Lot 4028 - Doctor Who - The Horns of Nimon - a Soldeed costume
Doctor Who - The Horns of Nimon - a Soldeed costume, worn by Graham Crowden, 17th Season, first broadcast 22nd December 1979 - 12th January 1980, green and pale gold quilted fabric

Sold for £600

Lot 4032 - Doctor Who and the Prisoner of Azkaban - a helmet mask
Doctor Who and the Prisoner of Azkaban - a helmet mask, 33cm high

Sold for £1,400