Monday 24 November 2014

Return To The City Of Death

One of my clients sent me a couple of great photos today.

He was on a trip to Paris and had to visit the Scarlioni Chateau - in full costume!

The street has hardly changed since filming took place in 1979, and he looks just the part in his screen accurate costume, finished off with one of my palette brooch sets.

The building used is number 47, Rue Vielle du Temple
Paris, which is currently Oliviers et Co, a Mediterranean restaurant.

Sunday 23 November 2014

A wibbly wobbly, timey wimey event

Today I took a trip down to Brighton for Timey Wimey - a small charity event headlined with none other than Tom Baker and Louise Jameson.

It meant an early start, but luckily there is a direct train from where I live direct to Brighton central, so thankful it was a stress free trip. To pass the two hours productively I took along some hand stitching. Someone soon will be getting a Sixth Doctor coat where their appliqu├ęd strip was sewn while I was in full Tom Baker costume!

The event took place at the Thistle Hotel on Brighton's sea front, only a stones throw from where the opening scenes of The Leisure Hive were shot.

It was also close to Brighton Pier, where back in 2005 the very first new series Doctor Who exhibition took place. That was quite a small affair, with only 13 episodes to plunder for exhibits, compared to the all-singing all-dancing Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.

It was raining heavily when I got to Brighton, so a taxi to the hotel was in order - don’t want to ruin my costume!

A Dalek was on hand to welcome everyone, and after registering I quickly realising I was one of only a scant handful in costume! A couple of the event crew were past clients of mine - so it was a shame they were obliged to wear their crew t-shirts rather than don the costumes I’d made them.

The event was officially opened by the mayor of Brighton, who affectionally recalled Tom’s visit for The Leisure Hive location filming.

The first timetabled event at 10:30am was a stage talk between Toby Hadoke and Tom Baker. I say talk, but these days you just have to ask a vague question and it sets him off for an entertaining ramble of disconnected recollections, rants and general fantasy.

Tom is like a senior citizen stand-up comedian, keeping his audience in the palm of his hand at all times with them hanging on his every word. He does it so effortlessly and it's a joy to watch. For all his off-track wanderings, he does surprise you by his total recall of episode titles when recalling specific guest artists who shared the screen with him.

Once in a while Toby asked a question, or when Tom ran out of steam he turned to him for the next push down memory lane.

To say the audience enjoyed his talk is an underestimation and by the standing ovation he received both before and after was testament to his enduring appeal and convention draw.

The next talk at 12:15pm was with Big Finish, but I was booked in for a one-to-one photo with Tom so I’ll have to catch them another time as I had to get in the queue.

Since it was a small event with limited tickets available, the queue wasn’t too long and they got through everyone nice and quickly.
Tom was happy to play along and pretend to me reading my River Song diary. Not his best performance, but acceptable!

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Bonhams auction - 10th December 2014

Can’t believe 2014 is nearly over - so to confirm its immenant demise Bonhams are holding their usual December Entertainment Memorabilia sale.

There’s not a great deal of Doctor Who items for sale, so I thought I’d share two lots which are costume designs by June Hudson for Blake’s 7.

It’s always nice to look at some of June’s work!

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 Blake’s Seven (June Hudson designs)
Lot 139 
Blakes 7: An original costume design by June Hudson, 1978, depicting Paul Darrow as Avon, in 'Killer' (season 2, episode 7), pastel on cartridge paper, titled, signed and dated by the artist, with preparatory sketch for a different design to reverse, 15 x 22 inches (38 x 56cm).

June Hudson, is a British costume designer, famed for her work on both Doctor Who and Blake's 7.

Estimate £500 - 700
Sold for £687

Lot 140
Blake's 7: An original costume design by June Hudson, 1978, depicting Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan, in 'Pressure Point' (season 2, episode 5), pastel on cartridge paper, titled and signed by the artist, with preparatory sketch on reverse, 15 x 22 inches (38 x 56cm)

Please see footnote to previous lot.

Estimate £500 - 700
Sold for £875

Friday 7 November 2014

City Of Death brooches -
first batch in stock!

The first batch of palette brooches arrived today, so I’ve mounted them on their presentation cards and they’ll be going out int he post at the weekend.

If you’ve ordered one you’ll see them soon - if you want to order a set - let me know as they are selling fast!

The brooches are £70 a set
(Inclusive of global shipping).
I am taking orders now,
for shipping late November