Saturday, 25 December 2010

Fourth Doctor costume transition

This week I’ve been taking a little look at an area of The Doctor’s costume that sometimes gets overlooked: The Costume Transition Scene!
I’m taking about that moment in the first episode of a new Doctor where the old skin is finally shaken off and a re-designed costume helps define the start of a new era in Doctor Who history.

When William Hartnell became Patrick Troughton, it wasn’t just his face that changed – his costume miraculously regenerated at the same time (see left).

Later, when Jon Pertwee took over, his new clothes were more realistically introduced by having The Doctor lift them from the changing room of the hospital where he is taken at the start of Spearhead From Space.

But it was Tom Baker’s transition scene that was the first to make some play on the anticipation of what The Doctor would be wearing.

Looking through the list of regenerations, I have realised there seems to be two dominant scenarios for these scenes:

The Hospital Changing Room scenario
The Third Doctor steals the clothes of a hospital consultant before stealing his car as well; after the Eighth Doctor emerges from the morgue, he takes the clothes of a surgeon, who is going to a fancy dress party; the latest regeneration sees the Eleventh Doctor lifting a the parts of his costume from the hospital locker room as he strides through.

The TARDIS Dressing-up Room scenario
Although we don’t see the dressing-up room, the Fourth Doctor keep popping out of the TARDIS dressed in unsuitable costumes; the Fifth Doctor finds his new clothes in the TARDIS, almost as if he was supposed to; the Sixth Doctor is the first to be seen in the dressing-up room to choose his new clothes; followed by the Seventh Doctor who goes through a similar selection; finally the Tenth Doctor makes his choice from a re-imagined dressing-up room, courtesy of The Mill’s special effects gurus!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A trip back in time

This blog is designed to cover my costuming work, but today I thought I’d share something a little special with you, dating directly from Tom’s era as The Doctor.
It’s a bit of a selective snapshot between the end of the Jon Pertwee’s Doctor and the start of Tom Baker’s rein as the Time Lord – but for me it encapsulated and defines my memories of the time and transports me back there in a flash.

In the mid 1970s I started keeping a scrapbook in which I stuck any Doctor Who photos (often taken from the Radio Times) or related memorabilia I found that interested me.
These particularly included the two waves of in-packet giveaways from Weetabix in 1975 and 1976, as well as by Typhoo Tea also in 1976.

I eventually spanned three scrapbooks, which where in fact small, square ring binders, in which I made my own insert pages from folded foolscap paper.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Merry Christmas to all my readers!

I can’t believe a year has flown by since I last wished everyone a Happy Christmas.


Looking back though, a lot has happened and I’ve completed or started a number of amazing projects.

From updating my Tennant Coat; making a Five Coat or two; starting a replica Tennant suit jacket using original GAP Trousers; making a couple of Inverness Capes (must get round to writing that up!); as well as some smaller item such as Five Hatbands, Six Cravats and Seven Hankies.
However, I think the most exciting has been starting work on a replica Six Frock Coat, which I am so looking forward to getting done next year.

I hope you’ll join me in the following months as it starts to come together.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

H+M Frock Coat

With all the frock coats projects I have done lately (Four Coat, Five Coat, Six Coat), I have become more attuned of the cut and style of such garments.


It was funny then to see a coat in the window of H+M as I passed on my way to college last week (see right).
As well as being 3/4 length; having large lapels; and a stand-up collar, it displayed the distinctive waistline seam running around the coat from front edge to front edge - something I see as frock coat essential!

This warranted further investigation, so I went back to take a closer look after class.

The coat is made from black cavalry twill, which (as its name suggests) is often used for military uniforms, though this is a cotton rather than a wool. The buttons are metal, pewter-like with a coat of arms. The stand-up collar and pocket flaps are edged with a double strip of black silk ribbon, as are the epaulets on the shoulders.

The cuffs are rather spectacular!
Usually cuff (on a suit) have a few token buttons sewn on the back edge; a more expensive suit will have a small vent and a surface sewn, but not practical buttonhole under the button; a fully tailored jacket may well have the vent, but with fully working buttons and holes, though for little actual use. This coat has this with five full-sized practical buttons and holes! Very nice.

Sadly the outer pockets are just large patch-pockets rather than being set into the waistband seam, and the back of the coat does not have the distinctive curved seams as on all the frock coats I have worked on.

Nonetheless, it is a great coat (pardon the pun) and as well as having the styling of a frock coat, it also reminds me on the military style coat Matt Smith wore for the publicity tour prior to the premiere of Series Five.

Lastly a lot should be said about the price - a mere £69.99! Can’t go wrong!

Though a word of warning: when I bought mine two of the front buttons were missing, which I found had been put in one of the pockets. This wasn't an issue for me - after all I know how to sew a button on! But while doing so I found one of the other buttons loose, so had to reattach that as well.
While I was in button-sewing mode, I decided to take e two spare buttons provided and attach them to the back, making the coat even more frock coat styled.

I can now step out in pride!!!

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Bonhams costume sales - previous auctions

As well as the auctions I have been to over the past couple of years, I have done a little digging back and found some further Fourth Doctor items from four sales from 2005 to 2008.


Lot 611
'Dr. Who': The Master's 'tissue compression eliminator' (miniaturising gun), the prop in black-painted brass with electric wiring, as used by Anthony Ainley throughout the 1980s in his portrayal of The Doctor's nemesis, 23cm (9in) long.

Sold for £1,440


Lot 618
Dr. Who': Tom Baker's trademark oversized woollen scarf, multi-coloured stripes with several patches, fringed ends, approximately 20ft long.
Footnote:
Tom Baker was the fourth incarnation of The Doctor, portraying him between December 1974-March 1981.

Sold for £7,800

Monday, 27 September 2010

Cameo Auction - 23rd May 2010

Searching back through the old auctions I have covered in my blogs, I came across this one at Cameo Auctioneers near Reading. I also then found a sale I did not know about at the time, and here are the Fourth Doctor era items form both sales.

Lot 144
Tom Baker the Fourth Doctor. 
A pair of brown leather shoes worn throughout the series.
Estimate:
£200 - 300

Bonhams costume sale - 24th February 2010

Here is yet another auction containing items from the
Fourth Doctor era, this time the big one from February 2010.
In a few of weeks time there is another costume sale at Bonhams in Knightsbridge, this time selling off a vast number of items which have featured in the various exhibitions that have been held around the country.

Since I covered the previous auctions at Bonhams on the 16th June 2009 and 16th December 2009, I felt I should do the same for this, but because there are SO many items on offer, I have split them up by Doctor.

Bonhams costume sale -
16th December 2009

Here is another auction containing items from the
Fourth Doctor era, this time from December 2009.

This coming week there is another auction at Bonhams in Knightsbridge of Film and Entertainment memorabilia.
Amongst the James Bond and Beatles items (and Laurence Oliver’s costume from Richard III) are a number of original Doctor Who costumes.

There is small batch of further items form the Angels costumes archives, containing a couple of Doctor Who lots.

The, after a number of film posters and other memorabilia, there are six more Doctor Who lots, though this time not directly from Angels.
Star items amongst them is a full Tetrap costume from Time and The Rani.
Also on sale is a set of rehearsal scripts form Robots Of Death, which went unsold at the Bonham’s Auction on 16th June 2009, so anther chance to grab them if you meant to bid last time around.

The viewing is Sunday 13th and Monday 14th June, so I went on Monday and took some more detailed pictures, particularly of the Tetrap costumes.

In the meantime, below is a full list of the items on offer, taken from the online catalogue so they can be seen all together and long after the listing on Bonhams will have been removed.


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 1
Vampire Guards/ Servants Of The Great Vampire from State Of Decay featuring Tom Baker as The Doctor, first broadcast November - December 1980.
A guard’s tunic, of heavy khaki coloured canvas, with large stud detail to front, laced to back and sleeve seams.
Estimate: £200 - 300
Sold for £420

Lot 2
Vampire Guards/ Servants Of The Great Vampire from State Of Decay featuring Tom Baker as The Doctor, first broadcast November - December 1980.
A guard’s tunic, of heavy khaki coloured canvas, stud detail removed and sleeves missing.
Estimate: £150 - 200
Sold for £120


Lot 164A
Thawn’s costume from The Power Of Kroll (1978/9), light blue and light tan diamond-patterned tunic with pale blue braid, gold-coloured stripes to right shoulder, matching belt and trousers, with fake blood, all three pieces labelled with actor's name, Neil McCarthy.
Estimate: £650 - 750
Sold for £960
Lot 165
Four Doctor Who rehearsal scripts for The Robots Of Death, November-December 1976, for all four episodes, each comprising numbered mimeographed pages, with details of cast, crew and sets, together with a short typewritten letter to Hilary Minster from Margaret Lewty, assistant to the director, Michael Briant, dated 14th October 1976 and reading: Enclosed are 4 scripts and a friendly note from Peter. Do hope you'll like the part of S.V.7., and signed.

Footnote:
Hilary Minster (1944-1999) was a British character actor who appeared in a number of classic TV series, including Z Cars, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Secret Army and 'Allo 'Allo. He did not take the role of S-V 7, but did appear in two other 1970s Dr. Who' stories, Planet Of The Daleks and Genesis Of The Daleks.

Estimate: £250 - 300
Unsold


Lot 165A
Dr. Who: a Time Lord robe, the V-neck surplice-style garment woven in pale brown and black diamond pattern, tape ties to sides, with label inscribed FUT 488.

Footnote:
Purchased from the Longleat auction in the early 1990s, this is believed to have been used in the Tom Baker story, The Deadly Assassin, transmitted October/November 1976 and Ark Of Infinity, with Peter Davison, shown January 1983.

Estimate: £500 - 600
Sold for £420





Lot 166A
A Shrivenzale foot moulded and painted foam latex with faux fur, approx. 61cm (24in) long.

Footnote:
According to information received, this was purchased at the 1983 Longleat auction, together with the other foot. The Shrivenzale featured in the Tom Baker story, The Ribos Operation, September 1978. It is thought that the feet are all that remains of the costume.

Estimate: £400 - 450
Sold for £480

Bonhams costume sale - 16th June 2009

Now I’ve got a new place for all my Fourth Doctor costumes, I thought I’d pull together all the recent auctions that have included costume pieces from Tom’s era.
Here is the first, from June 2009.

This coming week there is an auction at Bonhams in Knightsbridge of Film and Entertainment memorabilia.
Amongst the James Bond and Beatles items (and Christopher Lee’s original cape from his first Dracula film) are a number of original Doctor Who costumes, some dating right back to the very first season in 1964.
Also on sale are three Doctor costumes; one from Jon Pertwee’s last series; Jon Pertwee’s jacket when he appeared in the Children In Need special, Dimensions In Time; and a near complete Colin Baker outfit (sadly missing the coat).

This is an opportunity I can’t miss, if not to bid, but to at least go along to the viewing and take a closer look, and maybe some decent photos.

Ironically I have just done a replica (to a slightly different pattern) of the Six trousers, so now I will get the chance to check out my work against the real thing close-up. I will take a swatch of the fabric I used and compare it.

The viewing is Sunday 14th and Monday 15th June, so I will go on Monday and take some more detailed pictures, particularly of the Doctor costumes.

In the meantime, below is a full list of the items on offer, taken from the online catalogue so they can be seen all together and long after the listing on Bonhams will have been removed.



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 6
Frederick Jaeger as Professor Marius from Dr Who: The Invisible Enemy, featuring Tom Baker as The Doctor, first broadcast October 1977.
A khaki green jacket, of wool, with leather shoulder patches and raised linear motif to front, labelled inside “Morris Angel & Son Ltd., Theatrical Costumiers, 119 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W.C.2” and inscribed “F. Jaegar”, together with a pair of black leather shoes with khaki green spats (2).
Footnote:
The Doctor's doctor, Professor Marius, introduces K9 and this series is the first in which the legendary character appears.
Estimate: £300 - 400
Sold for £540

Lot 8
Paul Seed as Graff Vynda-K from Dr. Who: The Ribos Operation series, featuring Tom Baker as The Doctor, first broadcast September, 1978.
A full length robe, of longhair sheepskin, with gold braid and black thread tie, together with a robe, of ribbed satin effect material, having large fur-trimmed cuffs and slit to front, with gold and silver coloured stars to front, labelled inside “Bermans & Nathans, 40 Camden St., London, N.W.1” .
Footnote:
This costume features in all four episodes of The Ribos Operation.
Estimate: £800 - 1,200
Sold for £1,440
Lot 9
Graff Vynda-K's Guards from Dr Who - The Ribos Operation series, featuring Tom Baker as The Doctor, first broadcast September 1978.
Two guards outfits, each comprising: a metal effect helmet, of plastic, spray painted silver, with applied metal studs, with foam padding headrest inside; a cloak, of red coloured wool, with rope tie to neck; a mail effect tunic, of woven fabric, edged with suede, with applied metallic effect rectangular plates, side fastening with buckles (2 outfits).
Footnote:
These costumes feature throughout the Ribos Operation series, and Tom Baker can be seen wearing one of these costumes during the scene where the Doctor disguises himself as a guard.
Estimate: £800 - 1,200
Sold for £1,680
Lot 10
Neville Jason as Prince Reynart from Dr Who: The Androids Of Tara series, featuring Tom Baker as The Doctor, first broadcast November - December 1978.
A gold lamé robe, the fabric with floral pattern heavily decorated to neck with braid and jewels, having high collar, with epaulets edged with black braid and decorated with enamel style panels and jewels, cuffs decorated with black and gold braid, having hook and eye fastenings and burgundy coloured silk effect lining, labelled inside “Susanna Wilson” and inscribed “Dr. Who, Mr. Neville Jason”.
Footnote:
This robe is clearly visible during the coronation sequence of the series.
Estimate: £450 - 550
Sold for £840
Lot 11
Declan Mulholland as Till from Dr Who: Androids Of Tara series, featuring Tom Baker as The Doctor,
first broadcast November - December 1978.
A suede overcloak, of brown coloured material with buckle fastenings to front, having rounded collar, and black heavy cotton lining, with short sleeves.
Footnote:
The character of Till is the hunchback servant in the episode.
Declan Mullholland also worked on Star Wars when he played the stand-in for Jabba the Hutt, in the since deleted scenes.
Estimate: £550 - 650
Sold for £456
Lot 12
Vampire Guards/ Servants Of The Great Vampire from Dr Who: State Of Decay, featuring Tom Baker as The Doctor, first broadcast November - December 1980.
A guards tunic, of heavy khaki coloured canvas, with large stud detail to front, with artificial blood spatter effect, laced to front and sleeve seams.
Footnote:
The guards can be seen wearing tunics of this type whilst the Vampires prepare to sacrifice the hypnotised Romana.
Estimate: £250 - 350
Sold for £900
Lot 13
Vampire Guards/ Servants Of The Great Vampire from Dr Who: State Of Decay, featuring Tom Baker as The Doctor,
first broadcast November - December 1980.
A guards tunic, of heavy khaki coloured canvas, with large stud detail to front, laced to front and sleeve seams.
Footnote:
The guards can be seen wearing tunics of this type whilst the Vampires prepare to sacrifice the hypnotised Romana.
Estimate: £250 - 350
Sold for £660

Lot 464
Four “Doctor Who” rehearsal scripts for “The Robots Of Death”, November-December 1976, for all four episodes, each comprising numbered mimeographed pages, with details of cast, crew and sets, together with a short typewritten letter to Hilary Minster from Margaret Lewty, assistant to the director, Michael Briant, dated 14th October 1976 and reading, Enclosed are 4 scripts and a friendly note from Peter. Do hope you'll like the part of S.V.7., and signed.
Footnote:
Hilary Minster (1944-1999) was a British character actor who appeared in a number of classic TV series, including 'Z Cars', 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy', 'Secret Army' and ''Allo 'Allo'. He did not take the role of S-V 7, but did appear in two other 1970s 'Dr. Who' stories, 'Planet Of The Daleks' and Genesis Of The Daleks'.
Estimate: £400 - 500
Unsold

Monday, 21 June 2010

Bonhams auction - 23rd June 2010

When I was at the last Bonhams auction, one of the auctioneers made mention of a further sale in June, where Doctor Who items would be available.

I think I was expecting another full-on sale of ex-BBC items, but what it appears to be is a general Memorabilia sale, with a hand full of Who related lots.

There are seventeen items in total, and you need to real carefully what they are. The repeated use of the phrase “built for exhibition purposes” is a bit disappointing.

I’ll go to the viewing, but I can’t see myself bidding on anything.


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 No: 130
The Seeds of Doom, January - March 1976
A Krynoid pod, of moulded and painted resin, together with a copy of 'The Doctor Who Monster Book', signed by all of the cast and many members of the crew from the episode including Tom Baker inscribed 'Who is this Tom Baker?', Elisabeth Sladen, John Challis, Tony Beckley, Keith Gilbert, Mark Jones, Douglas Camfield and Philip Hinchcliffe a copy of the VHS of the episode and the 'Doctor Who And The Seeds of Doom' paperback by Philip Hinchcliffe, height 4 inches, width 4½ inches

Estimate: £350 - 400
Sold for £1,080

Footnote:
The pod is the small pod, prior to growth into the full size monster.


Lot No: 134
K-9 model,
created for exhibition purposes, of plastic, metal, rubber and fibreglass, with metal and rubber tail, shaped sides, plastic coloured buttons to top panel, red plastic eye grill, length 43 inches, height 23 inches

Estimate: £300 - 400
Sold for £1,200

Lot No: 135
K-9 model,
created for exhibition purposes, of wood, plastic, fibreglass and metal, with metal spring tail, painted effect to sides, with mesh ears, length approximately 43 inches, height 24 inches

Estimate: £250 - 350
Sold for £504


Lot No: 138
A miniature Tardis model
Created for exhibition purposes, of painted board, with plastic paper-backed windows, and plastic casing to light, having internal electrical workings (plug removed), height 5ft, width 15 inches

Estimate: £300 - 400


Lot No: 139
The 'Longleat' Tardis console
Created for exhibition purposes, of wood and plastic, with internal electrical workings and lighting, the control panel in sectional pieces, with plastic buttons, with electrical pulley for central mechanism, length approximately 70 inches, width approximately 60 inches, height 58 inches

Estimate: £350 - 450
Sold for £900

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Season 17 Frock Coat - pattern grading

Things seem to be going well so far on working towards making my Tome Baker season seventeen Frock Coat.

So far I have traced the Romana Pink Frock Coat and cribbed the individual pattern shapes.
My next step is to unite them into a single block from which I can work.


My college tutor had been a little skeptical of how well I could trace the pattern from a made-up garment, but when she saw what I had produced, she was impressed. The proof though would be seeing how well they matched up when drawn as the block.

Remembering how I drew my Lounge Jacket Block, I started with the back and worked my way around the body to the front, before adding the skirt panels below.
To my satisfaction they came together, forgive the pun, seamlessly, and made for a very unified and conjoined block.

The parts of the pattern I concentrated on were the sleeve opening, the waist and hemline. Keeping these in alignment is important. The finished result certainly looked and felt right (see left).

Monday, 7 June 2010

Season 17 Frock Coat - plans

After making a number of frock coats recently (the Five Coat, and a Bespoke one for my client Ian in Australia), my next goal is to make a Season seventeen Tom Baker Frock Coat.

It may prove to be a bit of a long-term project as I am running a number of other items at the moment, but I’ll get there!

My route will be a bit round the houses, but the journey will be worthwhile as I will be learning some new skills along the way, specifically pattern grading.

A while back, when I gained access to the Original Six Frock coat and costume, I was also able to see and take photos of the Romana Pink Frock Coat as seen in Destiny Of The Daleks. (see below)


It was a surprising costume piece to look at, as it wasn’t entirely what I was expecting. For me, Lalla Ward’s Romana was always feisty character, but a with a delicate and playful sense of fashion. The Pink Frock Coat has a very girly look to it, so I was surprised to find it was made from quite a coarsely woven wool.
Interestingly this matched a couple of the fabric types used on the Six Frock Coat, so if I found a match for it I would kill two birds with one stone so to speak.

This, however, is only the beginning of my plan.

New blog? Well, yes!

If you are reading this blog – well done!


This is part of a pet project of mine which I’m keeping partly under wraps for now, but feel free to follow what I’m up.