Friday, 17 July 2015

Palette brooch set - custom colours!

In association with artist Susan Trevor (who made the screen-worn cat brooch for Colin Baker’s debut as the Sixth Doctor) I have been offering the City Of Death style palette brooch set for a while now.

Recently I had an unusual request from a client. Could the tubes of paint be in the three colours of the season 18 scarf so it could be worn with that costume instead?

Well, anything is possible, so I arranged with Susan to do a special custom paint job in the next batch of brooches I ordered from her.

The photos from season 18 aren't always that great for colour reference. They are often mirky or you cannot see much difference between the colours on the scarf itself.

I did, however, find this image of Janet Fielding with the scarf which has good colour and definition.

Well, today the brooches arrived, including the special one-off in season 18 colours!

I think it’s come out rather well.

I hope the client likes it!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Original 4th Doctor items on eBay -
July 2015

The first item I spotted on eBay this month was original sold at the 1991 Bonhams Doctor Who auction.

The tag on the helmet relates to that auction.

Creature From The Pit
Chlorian Guard Helmet
GENUINE ULTRA RARE SCREEN SEEN DR WHO PROP FROM THE HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER TOM BAKER ERA OF DR WHO. REGARDED BY MANY AS DR WHOS GOLDEN AGE. PROPS FROM THE TOM BAKER PERIOD VERY RARELY SHOW UP.

THIS IS A CHLORIAN GUARD MASK FROM THE 1979 ADVENTURE "THE CREATURE FROM THE PIT" IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH NO SCRATCHES OR CHIPS, AND HAS BEEN LOVINGLY STORED IN MY PRIVATE COLLECTION.


IT STILL HAS THE ORIGINAL TAG ON IT (PRESUME THIS WAS FROM AUCTION) AND COMES WITH A BBC SLIP SIGNED BY THE ORIGINAL COSTUME DESIGNER JUNE HUDSON (SEE PICTURES) (OBVIOUSLY THESE WILL BE INCLUDED)
A VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN A GENUINE PIECE OF TV HISTORY FROM EVERYONES FAVOURITE SHOW.

VERY RELUCTANT SALE FORCED ON ME BY THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CLIMATE. I WILL OFFER THIS FOR SALE ONE TIME ONLY. IF IT DOES NOT SELL, I WILL NOT BE RELISTING.
POSTAGE WILL BE £7.55 SPECIAL DELIVERY (PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO THE VALUE OF THIS ITEM I WILL NOT SHIP AT ANYTHING LESS THAN SPECIAL DELIVERY)


Plus someone is selling of their script collection on eBay this month, and here are the times relating to the Fourth Doctor.

Creature from the Pit
Episodes 1- 4 Camera scripts
SOLD FOR £53

Listed is a original BBC Doctor Who Script.

The Camera script is entitled Creature from the Pit, episodes one to four, starring Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor. The item is fragile with pin rust , the back page has become detached but is present, and pages shows wear with some holes here and there. So take this into consideration when bidding.

This item was obtained by me from a private collector whose associate worked for the BBC, and came into his possession before mine.

Update 6th July 2015: I've added further pics of the script due to facebook questions from fellow Doctor Who collectors.

Just to add to the original description that the script has been located in its original 70s plastic folder (plastic very brittle & fragile) which has flattened out any folds in the script since the first pic was uploaded (see picture).

Also to say further which I forgot to mention is that the script is multicoloured being yellow, blue, white. Also, I've added the back page picture to show the detachment and condition alluded to in the listing.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Oliver Owl comes for Christmas!

After dropping some heavy hints at home, and frequently sharing a few links to Oliver Owls on eBay - my Christmas wishes came true!

I’m now the proud owner of my very own Sarah Jane Smith soft toy as seen in her departing scenes at the end of Hand Of Fear - and I think at nine inches tall I’m pretty sure he’s the right size.

As you may have read, they came in at least three sizes with 12 and 16 inches completing the range (please correct me if I am wrong, as I’m basing this on what I have seen on eBay).

One of my cats isn’t too sure about Oliver, but she’ll get used to it!

I’ve seen a number of the larger sizes, but not the smaller, nine inch version.

Looking at the closing scene of Hand Of Fear, and remembering that Elizabeth Sladen isn’t that tall, the owl appears to be quite small.
Happy Christmas - from Oliver Owl!!!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Doctor Who Magazine: The 2015 Yearbook

Today sees a end-of-year special edition yearbook from Doctor Who Magazine.

I don’t usually mention stuff like this, but this contains something a bit special you’ll like to read - especially if you’re a regular reader of my blogs.

The magazine reviews an incredible year for the programme, its spin-offs and the licensed merchandise available.
Highlights include our first major interview with the show’s executive producer, Brian Minchin, in which he reflects on Peter Capaldi’s first year as the Doctor and looks forward to further adventures with the Twelfth Doctor.

ALSO INSIDE THE ISSUE
  • Features on every episode in Peter Capaldi’s first series
  • Interviews with the team that accompanied Capaldi and Jenna Coleman on the Doctor Who World Tour
  • Fourth Doctor Tom Baker discusses his return to television and audio Doctor Who
  • Eighth Doctor Paul McGann reveals what he thinks about Capaldi’s Doctor
  • Orchestrator and conductor Ben Foster previews the 2015 Symphonic Spectacular
  • Inside the new ‘making of’ show, Doctor Who Extra
  • Behind the scenes at the new Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff
  • Interviews with some of the key players behind recent books, soundtracks, audio dramas, DVDs, Blu-rays and action figures
  • Highlights from the year’s newspaper and magazine reviews of Doctor Who
  • A round up of Doctor Who’s awards and honours from the last 12 months
  • Detailed tributes to the Doctor Who luminaries who passed away in 2014..., and much more!
Also included in the “much more” is an interview with me!

I was approached by Simon Guerrier, who as well as writing for Doctor Who Magazine has written adventures for Big Finish. We met in London a few weeks ago where we chatted about my work and some background information about how I do what I do.

We talked about a number of my projects, and the article is accompanied by a nice feature picture of me in my Tom Baker Frock Coat!

I provided a number of images for use with the article, including getting permission from Louise Page to share the picture of her with the Ultimate Tennant Suit.

I was hoping for maybe a half page, but in the end it turned out as a full page - which is awesome!

The magazine is available at
WH Smiths from
Thursday 18th December 2014

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Tomorrow’s World:
The Unearthly History of Science Fiction

Last night saw the final episode of the BBC2 documentary series Tomorrow’s World: The Unearthly History of Science Fiction.

Presented by Dominic Sandbrook, episode four was all about time travel, and naturally encompassed Doctor Who.

Interviewed were lead writer Steven Moffat, actors David Tennant and Karen Gillan as well as Neil Gaiman who talked in gerbil terms about sic-fi rather than specifically about Doctor Who.


The Doctor Who section of the programme was linked with Dominic walking around the Experience in Cardiff.

The thing that really caught my eye though was seeing the Tom Baker coat from the classic series Doctor costumes display.

This is a coat I made for the exhibition, and it was on display during 2012 and 2013.


The BBC website for the series can be found here
Episode four about time travel can be found here, with the Doctor Who section from 5:20 into the programme

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Sarah Jane’s Oliver Owl soft toy on eBay

If you’re on the look out for your own Sarah Jane owl toy, you’d do well to have a look on eBay.

These owls crop up from time to time and sell for around £50 to £100 a time, though you need to watch out for the size of the owl as several heights were made.

If you find their price tag a bit rich for your pocket, you could always have a go at making your own, and these listings come with some great detail pictures to work from.

12 inch tall Oliver Owl
1970s Alresford Crafts soft toy
SOLD FOR £99


For sale vintage 1970's Oliver Owl plush toy made by Alresford Crafts Ltd. Measures approx 12".

Rare and delightful in his own right he is the same as the one featured at the end of the 'Hand of Fear' Dr Who story when Sarah Jane leaves the Doctor.

He also reappeared in 'The Sarah Jane Adventures', also this make of owl featured in 'ET'. Is in very good vintage condition.

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 appliquéd 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).

FOOTNOTES
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)

FOOTNOTES
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
tennantcoat@me.com

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

City Of Death brooch -
PRE-ORDERS NOW OPEN!


I only posted news of my replica City Of Death brooch set earlier today, but I’ve had lots of emails already asking to buy them.

The sets are hand made by Susan Trevor, who made the ceramic cat brooch worn by Colin Baker, so have a genuine Doctor Who pedigree.
The brooches are £70 a set
(Inclusive of global shipping).
I am taking orders now,
for shipping late November
tennantcoat@me.com

City Of Death - artist’s palette brooch set

Something exciting came in the post today.

After making my City Of Death style frock coat, I’ve been after a really good replica of the Artist’s Palette brooch worn in the episode.
I had seen a few replicas around, but none had grabbed my attention.


The paint tubes of the brooch have a very distinctive angle to them, with the red and the green close together and the blue off doing its own thing.

No-one had quite captured this for me.


Then something occurred to me. If you follow my Sixth Doctor costume blog you’ll see I have a special arrangement with Susan Trevor, who made THE ceramic cat brooch proudly worn by Colin Baker. She makes replicas for me, using her original mould and hand paints them just like the real thing she did over thirty years ago.

I put the idea of the palette brooch to her and she declined, saying that casting the brooch with the paint tubes attached would be enormously difficult, with a danger they would snap off even before it was even painted.

But then I came across a very revealing photo which changes everything.


It’s an unusual shot of Tom on location. Not one I had seen before. But then the brooch caught my eye.

If you look closely you can see the red and green tubes are at a very odd angle. They are almost going around the lapel - in fact you can clearly see the red tube isn’t even attached to the palette.

Then is dawned on me - this is not A brooch - it is a set of FOUR brooches!

This explains the irregular spacing of the tubes - they are individually pinned on best as can be, but not equally spaced.

Knowing this not only makes a whole lot more sense but means it is practical to make them.

So today Susan’s first prototype arrived in the post - and I think it’s brilliant!

She has really captured the look, shape and colours of the original - and looks fantastic on my coat!

Let me know what you think.



I’ll be taking orders for these brooch sets very soon, so drop me a line if you want to reserve yours now!
Please mail me at
tennantcoat@me.com