As we approach the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who, revisit the story of Doctor Who, the occasional series written for the 50th Anniversary, explaining the origins of the programme.

Episode 4 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 25 Jul 2012

Paddington Who? auction in progressBookmark and Share

Saturday, 20 December 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Paddington Who? by Peter Capaldi (Credit: London & Partners)The Paddington Who? statue designed by Peter Capaldi is currently available to bid on in an auction by Christies in aid of the NSPCC and ChildLine. The auction runs until just after 3:00pm on the 7th January, and at the time of writing is at £2,800.

The auction notes report:
Peter Capaldi, the current Doctor Who in the hit BBC TV series, also stars in the new Paddington movie as Mr Curry. He has combined the bear with The Doctor to create a thrilling marmalade-eating time traveller. Has there ever been a more intrepid, daring and sure-to-find-trouble combination? One word of warning though: beware of the Dalek on his back!

The TARDIS is known to transport The Doctor and his companions through time and space on the TV series, so where better for Paddington Who to end up than right where time begins and ends each day: on the Prime Meridian line? From here there are a number of ways to explore the world’s history, and possibly its future, with attractions to enjoy such as the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House. Just make sure you pack enough sandwiches under your hat before you leave home.

The statue is still available to view outside the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Greenwich Royal Observatory until 4:30pm on the 30th December.

FILTER: - Auctions - Peter Capaldi - Charities

Stuart Manning prints auctioned for Breast Cancer ResearchBookmark and Share

Thursday, 4 December 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Stuart Manning Posters for DWAS Auction (Credit: DWAS/Stuart Manning)The Doctor Who Appreciation Society are currently auctioning two prints from artist Stuart Manning, the proceeds of which are to be donated to Breast Cancer Research in memory of Doctor Who's first producer, Verity Lambert.

Manning is known for his series of downloadable posters from the Radio Times website, most recently for the current series. Prior to this he produced posters for The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear, and he has kindly donated a signed print of each to DWAS for the auction at their eBay site.

For more details and to view the auction please visit the Society's website.

FILTER: - Auctions

BBC TVC Memorabilia up for auctionBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 September 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC TVC Memorabilia: 11th Doctor Canvas (Credit: BBC/PPAuctions)A large variety of old items from BBC Television Centre are to be sold off in an online auction taking place over the first week of November, including a large, 3.5m wide by 2.5m high canvas backdrop that was used to promote Doctor Who during the eleventh Doctor's era.

The auction is being held by PPAuctions, which comes as the Television Centre itself is formally handed over to its new owners, Stanhope plc, at the end of the month; an earlier auction of BBC memorabilia was undertaken during June.

FILTER: - Auctions

DWAS Auction in memory of Verity LambertBookmark and Share

Saturday, 2 August 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society have sent details about an auction they are running, proceeds of which will be used for the recent commemoration of Doctor Who's first producer Verity Lambert and to the Breast Cancer Campaign.

Following the unveiling last week of a heritage plaque to commemorate the life and career of Verity Lambert, which was celebrated with a free-to-enter screening of An Adventure in Space and Time at Riverside Studios, DWAS is now running an auction via its eBay site. The auction is to raise funds towards the cost of the plaque and the launch event at Riverside. Additionally, 10% of the final selling price of every item will be donated directly to the Breast Cancer Campaign in memory of Verity, as will any funds raised in excess of the heritage costs.

Lots of people and businesses have been very generous and as such we have a wide range of items, many of which should be within the reach of most people. There are a substantial number of signed photographs, signed DVDs and Blu Rays and a couple of very special items, including a VIP Package for two at next year’s ‘Who at The Hilbre 3’ convention in West Kirby (donated by Fans Like Us) and a unique collection of ‘Audio Visuals’ items (donated by Miwk Publishing).

The plaque itself has attracted a lot of interest and remains on display at Riverside Studios. If this fund raising is successful, then with the support of Fandom, DWAS would hope to undertake a similar project in the future..

A link to the auction can be found via the DWAS website.

FILTER: - Auctions

Seventh Doctor hat among items to be auctioned at BonhamsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 8 June 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
Bonhams' latest entertainment memorabilia sale will once again include items from Doctor Who, with Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures also featuring.

The sale - taking place at the showroom in Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, London, on Wednesday 25th June from midday - consists of some 367 items, with lots 94 to 121 being of particular interest to DW, TW and SJA fans.

They include an original rehearsal script for The War Machines episode 2 (which is given the story title Doctor Who and the War of the Machines on the front page) as well as sets of draft and rehearsal scripts for all six episodes of The Abominable Snowmen and a set of four camera scripts for The Time Warrior, plus a screen-used panama hat signed by Sylvester McCoy. Items from The Sarah Jane Adventures include the costume worn by Elisabeth Sladen for Invasion of the Bane and her wedding dress from The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, while the Torchwood lots include costumes worn by Eve Myles.

Full list of DW, TW and SJA auction items

Doctor Who:
LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
94Original rehearsal script for The War Machines episode 2250-350
95Complete set of six rehearsal scripts for The Abominable Snowmen1,000-2,000
96Complete set of six draft scripts for The Abominable Snowmen2,000-3,000
97Set of five rehearsal scripts for The Web of Fear1,000-1,500
98Original handwritten postcard from Patrick Troughton to Henry Soskin (Henry Lincoln)300-500
99Three rehearsal scripts for The Dominators500-700
100Set of four camera scripts for The Time Warrior500-600
101A Time Lord robe from The Deadly Assassin2,000-2,500
102An original costume design for Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor4,000-4,500
103A collection of scripts from the Sylvester McCoy era plus light and floor plans600-800
104An original screen-used panama hat signed by Sylvester McCoy800-1,200
105An original control panel from Remembrance of the Daleks300-500
106A Haemovore head from The Curse of Fenric250-300
LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
107James Marsters' costume from Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 300-500
108Bryan Dick's costume from Adam 250-300
109Nikki Amuka-Bird's costume from Sleeper 250-300
110Camilla Power's costume from From Out of the Rain 300-500
111Eve Myles's costume from Adrift 250-300
112Gareth David-Lloyd's costume from Day Two and Day Three 250-300
113Eve Myles's costume from Day Five 250-300
The Sarah Jane Adventures:
LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
114Elisabeth Sladen's costume from Invasion of the Bane 300-500
115Tommy Knight's costume from Eye of the Gorgon 200-300
116Yasmin Paige's costume from Warriors of Kudlak 250-300
117Daniel Anthony's costume from The Last Sontaran 250-300
118Anjli Mohindra's costume from Prisoner of the Judoon 250-300
119Elisabeth Sladen's wedding dress costume from The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith 300-500
120Elisabeth Sladen's costume from The Nightmare Man 300-500
121Sinead Michael's school uniform costume from Series 5 250-300

A PDF of the catalogue can be downloaded here. Viewings are being held on 22nd June from 11am to 3pm, 23rd and 24th June from 9am to 4.30pm, and from 9am to 10am on the day of the sale itself.

FILTER: - Doctor Who - Torchwood - UK - Auctions - Sarah Jane - Patrick Troughton

Doctor Who Script for AuctionBookmark and Share

Friday, 31 January 2014 - Reported by Marcus
A shooting script from Doctor Who series four is being offered for auction to raise money for the National Literacy Trust.

The signed script was used by actor Steve Pemberton who played Strackman Lux in the two-part 2008 story Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead.

The script is dated 11 January 2008 and signed by Pemberton.

The National Literacy Trust works to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's most disadvantaged communities, where up to 40 per cent of people have literacy problems.

Bids can be made at the NLT auction website.

FILTER: - Series 4/30 - Auctions

Doctor Who and Torchwood items at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia AuctionBookmark and Share

Friday, 13 December 2013 - Compiled by Chuck Foster and John Bowman
A wide variety of items from Doctor Who and Torchwood are to be auctioned in London next week. Bonhams' entertainment memorabilia sale will be held at its Knightsbridge auction venue on Wednesday 18th December, starting at midday, with viewings taking place every day from Sunday 15th December up to the sale.

Out of the 417 lots in the sale, 55 relate to the two series, with items ranging from scripts and artwork to costumes, props, and a signed postcard from Patrick Troughton while he was the Doctor.

Lot 147: Captain Jack Harkness, a collection of part costumes

Television Memorabilia: Torchwood: John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, a collection of part costumes, 2006-2009, comprising a full-length RAF blue Great Coat, double-breasted with domed gilt RAF-style buttons with raised wings and crown motif and Group Captain epaulettes, shortened for running scenes, labelled in the inside jacket pocket Angels, handwritten in blue ink John Barrowman, May '07, with attached BBC stocknumber; together with from unknown episodes, four pairs varying style grey wool trousers, four navy blue Ralph Lauren Polo Sport t-shirts, four cotton shirts, in varying blue and navy weaves (13)
Lot 168: A Taran Wood Beast Costume

Television Memorabilia: Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara - A Taran Wood Beast costume, November - December 1978, comprising: a mask in the formed as scaled face, protruding eyes and teeth, of synthetic fur, papier-mache, foam, latex, plastic and polystyrene, with tieing straps, with body/ jump suit, of synthetic fur effect fabric, and foam, with detachable section to reverse, with padded hands, and attached claws, house on a wicker mannequin, together with a reproduction image featuring the piece, head width approximately 20 inches (51cm)
Lot 173: Original handwritten postcard addressed to Henry Soskin from Patrick Troughton

Television Memorabilia: Doctor Who / Patrick Troughton: An original handwritten postcard addressed to Henry Soskin (Henry Lincoln) from Patrick Troughton regarding his authorship, circa 1968, believed to relate to The Web of Fear, in blue ink 'Dear Henry, Sooper (sic) Script specially (sic) No.6. Very Happy. Thank You. Do Some More Please. Please. Pat. T.

SALEROOM NOTICES: Please note: From information provided by the vendor, this lot relates to the episode Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowman not The Web of Fear as stated in the catalogue.
Lot 179: The Web of Fear - an original Yeti homing device prop

Television Memorabilia: Doctor Who/Patrick Troughton - The Web of Fear - An original Yeti homing device prop,
, the hollow figure of stained mix media resin, on base, together with a reproduction image featuring the piece, height 4¾ inches (11.5cm)

FOOTNOTES: Provenance: From the Estate of Bob Slatford, BBC Visual Effects Department between 1986-1974. Working alongside Jack Kine and Bernard Wilkie.

Full list of related auction items

LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
127Collection of part costumes worn by John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness in Series 3350-550
128Model flayed corpse250-350
129Pair of prosthetic Weevil masks300-500
130Collection of prosthetic corpse body parts and torsos300-500
131Costume for Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper in Sleeper250-300
132Collection of part costumes worn by John Barrowman in Series 2350-550
133Collection of part costumes worn by Kai Owen as Rhys Williams in Series 2300-500
134Collection of part costumes worn by Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones in Series 2400-500
135Costume worn by Eve Myles in A Day In The Death250-300
136Three-piece part costume worn by Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones in Dead Man Walking250-350
137Two part costumes worn by Demetri Goritsas as Franklin and Ethan Brooke as Gray in Adam300-500
138Costume worn by Eve Myles in Meat300-500
139Assorted props including severed head300-500
140Various costume parts worn by Naoki Mori as Toshiko400-600
141Collection of costume parts for Eve Myles in Out of Time250-350
142Part costume worn by John Barrowman in They Keep Killing Suzie400-600
143Collection of costumes worn by Eve Myles300-500
144Costume worn by Eve Myles in Countrycide300-500
145Two part costumes worn by Eve Myles in Ghost Machine250-350
146Collection of part costumes worn by Burn Gorman as Owen Harper300-500
147Collection of part costumes worn by John Barrowman, including RAF blue great coat700-900
148Costume worn by Eve Myles in End of Days250-300
149Collection of part costumes worn by John Barrowman, including 'Belstaff' beige bomber jacket400-600
150Collection of part costumes worn by John Barrowman, including RAF blue great coat600-800
Doctor Who:
LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
151Helmet-less Cyberman from Silver Nemesis1000-1500
152Destroyed Dalek, believed to be from Remembrance of the Daleks4500-5000
153Studio floor plan from The Trial of a Time Lord, plus assorted photos100-150
154Sharaz Jek head cowl from The Caves of Androzani700-900
155Rehearsal scripts for "Planet of Fear" (aka Planet of Fire)200-300
156Scripts and related material from Snakedance350-450
157Neman and Katura costume designs from The Keeper of Traken800-1200
158Seron and Tremas costume designs from The Keeper of Traken800-1200
159Varsh's dagger from Full Circle300-500
160Scripts and other material from Castrovalva300-400
161Original artwork for Doctor Who Annual 1980 (Reluctant Warriors)600-800
162Original artwork for Doctor Who Annual 1980 (Reluctant Warriors)600-800
163Original artwork for Doctor Who Annual 1979 (The Power)1000-1200
164Original artwork for Dalek Annual 1978 (The Castaway)500-600
165Original artwork for Dalek Annual 1978 (Davros - Genius or Madman?)500-700
166Original artwork for Dalek Annual 1978 (The Castaway)500-600
167Original artwork for Doctor Who Annual 1977 (The Body Snatcher)1000-1200
168The Taran Wood Beast costume from The Androids of Tara1500-2000
169Dove Pan magic trick prop from The Talons of Weng-Chiang700-900
170Set of four camera scripts for The Time Warrior1000-1500
171Camera script/shooting schedule for episode 3 of The Curse of Peladon250-300
172Rehearsal scripts for episode 1, 2 and 5 of Doctor Who and The Dominators1200-1800
173Postcard to Henry Soskin (Lincoln) from Patrick Troughton500-800
174Camera scripts for episodes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 of The Web of Fear2500-3500
175Carbon copy letter from Henry Lincoln to Mervyn Haisman about The Abominable Snowmen, plus script pages250-350
176Rehearsal scripts for episodes 1-5 of The Web of Fear2500-3000
177Draft scripts for episodes 1-6 of The Abominable Snowmen, hand annotated by Henry Lincoln4000-6000
178Rehearsal scripts for episodes 1-6 of The Abominable Snowmen3000-5000
179Original Yeti homing device prop from The Web of Fear2000-3000
180Original TARDIS prop model (1960s)2000-3000
181Original hollow Yeti homing device prop from The Web of Fear2000-3000

It should be noted that some lots are subject to shipping and handling restrictions.

FILTER: - Doctor Who - Torchwood - UK - Auctions - Patrick Troughton

Auton Carnival Mask Sells For Thousands In Online AuctionBookmark and Share

Sunday, 8 September 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
A rare Auton carnival mask from the Third Doctor story Terror of the Autons fetched more than £5,000 when it was auctioned on eBay.

The painted fibreglass head, with felt eyes, was sold on the online auction site by London-based miss-p73, who said in the item description that it had been given to her family in the late-1970s when her father worked for a studio transport company. She added that the accompanying foam rubber hat had long since perished, and said that the mask had been "much loved and played with" in her youth, which had led to it being "a bit chipped and scraped".

After 51 bids the prop - which was only available to buyers in the UK - finally went for £5,154 when the auction ended on Thursday 5th September just after 10.25pm.

The carnival masks were worn by the Autons to disguise their true nature as they handed out deadly plastic daffodils to unsuspecting members of the public.

The four-part adventure started Jon Pertwee's second series as the Doctor. Written by Robert Holmes and directed by Barry Letts, it aired between 2nd and 23rd January 1971. Not only did the story feature the second appearance of the Autons in the show, it also marked the debuts of Katy Manning, Roger Delgado, and Richard Franklin as, respectively, Jo Grant, the Master, and Captain Mike Yates.
With Thanks To Tony Clark

FILTER: - Online - Third Doctor - Auctions

Production Designer's Notebook for AuctionBookmark and Share

Saturday, 31 August 2013 - Reported by Marcus
The personal notebook of Tristan Peatfield is being auctioned for charity.

Tristan Peatfield was the production designer on Doctor Who for two episodes in 2010, Amy's Choice and The Lodger, covering the gap between the departure of Ed Thomas and the arrival of Michael Pickwoad.

The item is a 14cm x 21cm black covered "Guildhall" notebook, which contains notes on a number of productions on which Peatfield worked, including at least 13 pages dedicated to Doctor Who. It includes text, designs and drawings in pencil by Peatfield and his colleague Peter McKinstry, including the original design for the "Lodger TARDIS" console and "Amy Pond, TARDIS Pilot".

The notebook is offered on behalf of Peatfield to raise money for The Isabella Peatfield Memorial Fund, a charity raising money for children's projects in Sri Lanka. Tristan and Kim Peatfield's daughter Isabella died in the country on Boxing Day 2004, the youngest British victim of the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

The ebay listing is now live and the auction runs for the next nine days.

FILTER: - Production - Charities - Auctions

DWAS Charity Auction for Blood Cancer ResearchBookmark and Share

Saturday, 20 April 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society is currently running a charity auction in aid of Blood Cancer Research:

Philip Jessett was a keen Doctor Who fan throughout his life and for a number of years helped to run the Cardiff DWAS local group. Philip sadly died of Leukaemia not too long ago and his family has bequeathed his Doctor Who collection to the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.

Some of the charity auction items (Credit: DWAS)
Some of the charity auction items (Credit: DWAS)

By agreement with Phllip's mother Paula, the items in the collection are now available to bid on via our eBay site. 100% of each item's sale price will be donated (via eBay's charity partner Missionfish) to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The full list of items that are available can be found via DWAS's eBay auction page.

(with thanks to Paul Winter/DWAS)

FILTER: - Charities - Auctions