Sunday, 7 February 2016

Bonhams: 1994 -
31st March Entertainment Sale

I’m getting quite into tracking down past Bonhams Entertainment auctions where Doctor Who items were sold.

It started with the 1991 Doctor Who auction, where dozens of costumes and props were up for grabs. I’ve since traced later sales where many times from the 1991 auction were resold, and some of these still pop up today from time to time.

A couple of weeks ago I found a Bonhams catalogue from 1994, containing 22 lots of Who-related items on sale.

Frustratingly due to the cost of producing print publications in the days, there are no photographs to illustrate the items on offer (every image would have had to be taken on film and processed, compared to the instant and cheap nature of digital photography today).

These sales also pre-date the internet, so finding the realised prices is near impossible.

Less care seems to have been taken in preparing the text in the catalogue.

There are a number of spelling errors and possible mis-titling of episodes, but since some of these are for pre-production scripts (and therefore possibly correct at the time) I have replicated the text here exactly as it appeared in the 1994 catalogue.

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

Please note there are a number of spelling and title errors in the catalogue, which I have repeated here for accuracy as some may refer to early drafts of scripts

Lot 355 DR. WHO Vengeance On Varos 1985 (Colin Baker)
A complete guard costume comprising grey trousers with red side seam ('T. WELLOCK' in biro on the BBC Television workshop label), grey jacket with red epaulettes and 'Varos' logo on the front and reverse, black leather belt, with 'Varos' logo and clasp, necklace and cap with Varos logo on peak. (5)
Estimate £70 -100

Lot 356 DR. WHO Vengeance On Varos 1985 (Colin Baker)
Costume of Jondar (Jason Connery), comprising a khaki pair of trousers with a khaki side seam and elasticated stirrups, a khaki sleeveless 'trooper style' jacket and a black leather belt. (3)
Estimate £100 - 150

Lot 358 DR. WHO
A TARDIS Sign and casing of metal, wood and ļ¬breglass used during the John Nathan Tumer era of Dr. Who (1978-1989), together with the back cloth belonging to the TARDIS door.
Estimate £400 - 600
Note: The vendor informs me he acquired this lot at a Dr. Who auction in Saxmundham.

Lot 365 DR. WHO
Studio sets/plans for 'Timelash', 'Ultimate Foe' and 'Time Of The Rani', series 1985-87.
Estimate £30 - 50

Sale of selected costumes from the wardrobe, on 11th May 1991. 41 page catalogue with black and white illustrations, colour cover, together with a list of prices realised. (2)
Estimate £10 - 20

An extensive collection of Dr Who and related science fiction memorabilia, including jigsaw puzzles, badges, Cassette tapes, models, newsletters, annuals, toys, posters, magazines, approximately thirty paperback books, a mug, a china moneybox and three albums comprising of numerous official BBC colour photographs. (a lot)
Estimate £200 - 300

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Bonhams: 1992 -
August 24th Entertainment Sale

Last week I showed you the content of a Bonhams sale from January 1992. In it a large number of ex-BBC Costume Dept outfits from Doctor Who were sold off.

Since then I have found another catalogue from 1992, this time from August.

Interestingly a number of the extensive Doctor Who items sound very much like those sold back in January, though with much higher estimates this time around.

More recently I think we have seen some of these lots continuing to be sold on. It’s fascinating to trace the items back through the various auction catalogues, following the prices they sell for.

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 648 Dr. Who—The Auction, Catalogue from 11th May 1991, sale of selected costumes from the Wardrobe, 42 page catalogue with black and white illustrations, colour cover, together with a sheet of prices. (2)
Estimate £10-20

Lot 649 Dr. Who stage playscript, ‘The Ultimate Adventure’ by Terrance Dicks.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 682 ‘Timelash’, 1985 (Colin Baker) Maylin Tekker’s (Paul Darrow) costume.
Estimate £80-l20

Lot 683 ‘Timelash’, 1985 (Colin Baker) An android collar.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 684 ‘Attack of the Cybermen’, 1985 (Colin Baker) A Cyberman gun.
Estimate £200-300

Lot 685 ‘Mindwarp’, 1986 (Colin Baker) A Mentor guard helmet.
Estimate £50-80

Lot 686 ‘Mindwarp’, 1986 (Colin Baker) A Mentor guard helmet.
Estimate £50-80

Lot 687 ‘Terror of the Vervoids’, 1986 (Colin Baker) A pink and white short dress, worn by Janet the Stewardess on Hyperion III (Yolande Paulfrey).
Estimate £50-80

Lot 687a ‘Terror of the Vervoids’, 1986 (Colin Baker) An Hyperion II guard’s gun and a blue and yellow pistol.

Lot 688 ‘The Mysterious Planet’, 1986 (Colin Baker) One of Drathro’s guard’s helmets.
Estimate £150-250

Lot 689 ‘Terror of the Vervoids’, 1986 (Colin Baker) Two gold Magarian jumpsuits.
Estimate £50-80

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Bonhams: 1992 -
The BBC Costume Dept sale

Exactly 24 years ago TODAY there was an unusual auction at Bonhams to sell off a vast amount of ex-BBC costume department items.

Due to the volume of items on offer, the sale was held at the BBC Costume Warehouse, which at the time was on the Royal London Industrial Estate in North Acton.

Most of the sale was non-descript items, broken down into sections such as PERIOD COSTUMES - GREEK/ROMAN, MEDIAEVAL, TUDOR, ELIZABETHAN, STUART, GEORGIAN and REGENCY, VICTORIAN and EDWARDIAN etc.


Then things got more interesting with NARNIA prior to the big draw the sale - the SCIENCE FICTION section.


The sale closed with a section of late additions, which included an extra Doctor Who lot.

I recently picked up a copy of the sales catalogue on aBay - such as it is. Back in 1992 this consisted of a pocket folder with a stapled loose sheet listing of the items for sale. There are no photographs or illustrations, and the descriptions are scant to say the least.

I have transcribed all the Doctor Who items.

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
Click the link above to download a copy of the full catalogue

Lot 302 Attack of the Cybermen, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who.
White jumpsuit with gauze inserts worn by Faith Brown as Flast, a Kryon (1)
Sold for £60

Lot 303 Revelation of the Daleks, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who.
Guards helmets from Tranquil Repose on Planet Neiros and medical attendants uniform (8)
Sold for £170

Lot 304 Vengeance on Varos, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
Guard helmets (3)
Sold for £160

Lot 305 Vengeance on Varos, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
Black jacket with soft leather red cuffed gloves attached worn by
Owen Teale as Maldak (1)
Sold for £110

Lot 306 Mask of the Rani, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
2 pairs of boots worn by Kate OMara as the Rani (4)
Sold for £40

Lot 307 Mysterious Planet, 1986, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
2 suits worn by Drathros human servants, Billy McColl as Humker and Sion Tudor Owen as Tandrell, white with yellow lapels (2)
Sold for £45

Lot 308 Mysterious Planet, 1986, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
Black shirt, jacket, belt and water bottle for Merdeen played by Tom Chadbon (4)
Sold for £120

Lot 309 Terror of the Vervoids, 1986, Colin Baker as Dr Who.
Green suit worn by Grenville, played by
Tony Scoggo (1)
Sold for £65

Lot 310 Terror of the Vervoids, 1986, Colin Baker as Dr Who.
Spacesuits, white with silver and grey detailing, 4 with padded shoulders (6)
Sold for £150

Friday, 22 January 2016

Original 6th Doctor items on eBay -
January 2016

These boots exchanged hand on eBay back in April 2013 when I think they sold for £590.

Here they are again, for slightly less.

Attack of the Cybermen
Cybermen boots
This is a rare original prop from the classic series of Doctor Who - a pair of boots from a Cyberman costume.

One boot has 'J Ainley' (nephew of Anthony Ainley') written on the top. He played a Cyberman in the 1985 sixth doctor adventure Attack of the Cybermen, and so the boots can certainly be dated to this story and may have featured in The Five Doctors as the BBC tended re-use costumes.

Classic series props are few and far between, especially ones relating to the iconic monsters of the show.

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

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.