Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Bonhams auction - 25th June 2014

It’s that time of the year again and another Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia auction is looming.

There are a number of Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures items on offer.

Since the spin-off series are contemporary to the Tenth Doctor era, I’m listing the items here.

Lot 107
TORCHWOOD, SERIES 2, EPISODE 1 'KISS KISS, BANG BANG': JAMES MARSTERS AS CAPTAIN JOHN HART, 2008, bespoke dark red Hussar jacket with navy blue detail at the cuffs and to the collar and gold coloured braiding to the front, dirtied cream T-shirt with simulated shot wounds and a pair of G-Star jeans.

Estimate £300 - 500

Lot 108
TORCHWOOD, SERIES 2, EPISODE 5 'ADAM': BRYAN DICK AS ADAM SMITH, A COSTUME, 2008, comprising a black leather bomber jacket by Real Leather with original script cue sheet in pocket, a blue and brown striped short-sleeve shirt by Topman, a blue T-shirt with blue Mudie jeans and brown leather belt.

Estimate £250 - 300

Lot 109
TORCHWOOD, SERIES 2 'SLEEPER': NIKKI AMUKA-BIRD AS BETH HALLORAN, A COMPLETE COSTUME, 2008, comprising a blue Sisley jumper, a lilac vest top, light great Benneton combat style trousers and a pair of grey and pink Sketchers trainers (4)

Estimate £250 - 300

Lot 110
TORCHWOOD, SERIES 2, EPISODE 10 'FROM OUT OF THE RAIN': CAMILLA POWER AS PEARL, A COSTUME, 2008, a bespoke 1920s style play suit, heavily embroidered with black, gold and cream beading in various designs, with crocheted, cream hat with black trim and embellished with 'crystal' drop-beads.

Estimate £300 - 500

Lot 111
TORCHWOOD, SERIES 2, EPISODE 11 'ADRIFT': EVE MYLES AS GWEN COOPER, A COSTUME, 2008, comprising a black, fitted G-Star jacket, a karki green short-sleeved jersey top and blue denim boot-cutSeven jeans.

Estimate £250 - 300

Lot 112
TORCHWOOD, SERIES 3, EPISODE 2/3: GARETH DAVID-LLOYD AS IANTO JONES, A COMPLETE COSTUME, 2009, comprising; a grey pin-stripe three piece suit labelled Zara Man, a pair of men's brown Firetrap boots, a burgundy Next tie and a purple herringbone shirt labelled Next, BBC catalogued as Broken Down/Dirty Costume.

Estimate £250 - 300

Lot 113
2009, a dark purple H&Mshort-sleeved top, black denim All Saints jeans and a pair of black leather knee-high boots heavily worn and dirty.

Estimate £250 - 300
Lot 114
THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, PILOT: ELISABETH SLADEN AS SARAH JANE SMITH, A COSTUME, 2007, comprising a brown and black striped jersey dress with maroon wool tights and a cerise pink Karen Millen cardigan.

Estimate £300 - 500

Lot 115
THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, SERIES 1, EPISODE 4 'EYE OF THE GORGON': TOMMY KNIGHT AS LUKE, A COSTUME, 2007, comprising brown corudoy trousers, lilac T-shirt, with simulated dirt and a khaki zip bomber jacket.

Estimate £200 - 300

Lot 116
THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, SERIES 1, EPISODE 5 'WARRIORS OF KUDLAK': YASMIN PAGE AS MARIA JACKSON, A COSTUME, 2007, a dark blue denim jacket, a red and grey smock top, a grey short-sleeved T-shirt and light blue denim Lee cropped jeans and a selection of accessories including a watch, heart pendant necklace and black and pink rubber bracelets.

Estimate £250 - 300

Lot 117
THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, SERIES 2, EPISODE 2 'THE LAST SONTARAN': DANIEL ANTHONY AS CLYDE LANGER, A COSTUME, 2008, comprising a yellow T-shirt with black stripes, a kahki padded coat with light reflective detail, dark blue jeans and white leather high-top trainers.

Estimate £250 - 300

Lot 118
THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, SERIES 3, EPISODE 1 'PRISONER OF THE JUDOON': ANJLI MOHINDRA AS RANI CHANDRA, A COMPLETE COSTUME, 2009, a blue denim Topshop jacket, black denim Topshop jeans, a floral cotton shirt, pink long-sleeved top and black pumps.

Estimate £250 - 300

Lot 119
A SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, SERIES 3, EPISODES 5 & 6: ELISABETH SLADEN AS SARAH JANE SMITH, A COMPLETE COSTUME, 2009, a long, ivory satin wedding dress with floral motif Phase Eight with floaty cap-sleeves and button detail to front with gold and black cuban-heeled dance shoes, a pair of ivory satin fingerless evening gloves and a pair of faux-pearl stud earrings.

Estimate £300 - 500

Lot 120
THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, SERIES 4, EPISODE 2 'THE NIGHTMARE MAN': ELISABETH SLADEN AS SARAH JANE SMITH, A COMPLETE COSTUME, 2010, a brown knitted cardigan with two brooches attached, a floral lilac shirt, a black and green floral knee-length skirt, a cream floral cotton hat and a pair of dark red argyl socks and hessian embroidered pumps.

Estimate £300 - 500

Lot 121
SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, SERIES 5: SINEAD MICHAEL AS SKY, A SCHOOL UNIFORM, 2011, made up of black trousers, black patent pumps, black socks, black hooded sweatshirt and a white vest top, white cotton shirt and black tie with red and grey stripes.

Estimate £250 - 300

Monday, 24 February 2014

GENUINE 10th Doctor items on eBay!

I haven’t seen many screen-used Tenth Doctor items on eBay for a while, but this Torchwood mask was in the Bonham’s sale only a couple of months back, so I thought it worth mentioning.

Torchwood Weevil mask
RESOLD FOR £388.50
after sale fell through

VERY RARE .........WEEVIL mask ORIGINAL made by Millennium effects for the BBC.



SHOWS SOME PRODUCTION WEAR (some paint and foam latex rubbed away due to production. Foam latex in good condition). BOUGHT FROM BBC AUCTION/BONHAMS

All paper work from sale can be included.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Doctor Who Celebration - Louise Page

The Doctor Who Celebration certainly had an extensive guest list. Over the course of the weekend a good fifty plus cast and crew were on hand to meet, chat and sign autographs.

Someone I was keen to catch up with was Louise Page, who was at ExCeL on the first day of the convention.

I found her at the Wardrobe Workshop display, where along with two of her wardrobe assistants, they discussed and showed the techniques used in ageing costumes for filming.

On display was a full Tenth Doctor outfit, complete with suit and coat.

The tie was a screen-used St George by Duffer from the anniversary special, The Day Of The Doctor.

Louise is rightly proud of her work on the costume.

There was also another suit on show, which had been trashed for use in The End Of Time Part Two.

From talking to Louise’s assistants, it was damaged and distressed, but the brief was misinterpreted so it never got used on screen!

Given how rare the fabric was and how difficult making the jacket had been, it was a tragedy this happened.

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get my photo with Louise before she had to go on stage to take part in one of the discussion panels taking place over the weekend.

She was with producer Phil Collinson and director James Hawes.
I recorded two brief sections where Louise was talking about going for the post of costume designer, and Phil talking about working with her once she was on board.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Bonhams auction - 18th December 2013

With December looming, it is time for another Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale!

The past few auctions have been Doctor Who lite when it comes to items, so there is no surprise that the first post-Anniversary is brimming with costumes and nick backs, dating back to 1968.

A large part of the sale is for Torchwood costumes. Since I don’t have a dedicate blog, I thought I’d post them here as they were at least concurrent with the Tenth Doctor era.

Like the 2010 auction, the catalogue is brand label rich with information. Shame these weren’t known back in 2006!

Lot 127
TORCHWOOD, SERIES 3: JOHN BARROWMAN AS CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS, A COLLECTION OF PART COSTUMES, comprising; Episode 1 - a navy double-cuff cotton shirt, a white t-shirt with label removed and a pair of navy wool pleat front trousers, accompanied by Episode 3 - a blue Gap t-shirt, grey jersey jogging bottoms, and brown Caterpillar walking shoes.

Estimate £350 - 550
Sold for £437

Lot 128
TORCHWOOD SERIES 1-3: A MODEL FLAYED CORPSE,of foam latex, metal and mixed materials, within plastic bag.

Estimate £250 - 350
Sold for £275

Lot 129
TORCHWOOD SERIES 1-3: A PAIR OF PROSTHETIC 'WEEVIL' MASKS, of foam latex, with BBC number attached to interior, 16 inches (41cm) high.

Estimate £300 - 500
Sold for £600

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Radio Times -
50th anniversary issue covers

The 50th Anniversary week is almost here, and as expected the cover of the latest Radio Times features The Doctor - not just once, but TWLEVE times!

The sources of the images used are quite interesting, the majority of which are from the Radio Times own extensive archive of Doctor Who images. All are out-takes, so are being published for the first time.

The First and Second Doctors come from the 10th Anniversary Special published by the Radio Times in 1973. The Third Doctor comes from a photoshoot in 1970 for the launch of Jon Pertwee in the role.

The Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors are pictured from the shoot for the 30th Anniversary special, which featured in the 1993 Children In Need.

This shows that they were all taken separately before being composited into the group on the cover.

The rest of the Doctors come from bespoke cover shoots done for the Radio Times in more recent years. For example the Ninth Doctor is from the gatefold cover which launched the new series in 2005; and the Tenth from The Next Doctor in 2008. The Eleventh and War Doctors are obviously newly taken.

Here’s the full size version of the Tenth Doctor’s cover.
The combination of the Massimo Dutti tie and dark blue shirt correspond to The Next Doctor Christmas Special.

Finally, have you noticed that all 12 covers join together to form a long single image?

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Planet Of The Dead bus - bits on eBay!

Usually I bring you items I have spotted on eBay that are at the least screen-used props or costumes.

But this month there is the most extraordinary item for sale on eBay - the bus from Planet Of The Dead.
Not as a buy-and-drive vehicle, but as a series of breakers yard bits and pieces, from number plates to wing mirrors.

Two of the buses were original in the listings for the Bonhams auction back in 2010, but were withdrawn before the sale.

Here is what the seller has to say about their background.

The BBC sourced a total of three buses to film this episode:-
RUA 461W - This bus was purchased a shipped to Dubai, upon arrival at Dubai it was accidently damaged by a crane, the bus was used for filming though. It is thought that this bus was scrapped upon completion of filming. It is almost certain that it never came back to the UK. All the external shots in the desert are of this bus

HJB 455W - This bus was used for filming the tunnel sequence at the start of the programme and the re-arrival at the end where the Dr and his passengers are welcomed home by UNIT

GGM 84W - This bus was purposefully damaged to mimic RUA 461W and then used at the BBC's Cardiff Upper Boat Studios for all the internal shot. A sceane in Dr Who Confidential clearly shows this bus with the roof removed being used for filming.

All the buses had the number plate W974 GHM for filming, but a continuitty error in the filming the flying sequence saw RUA 461W also used.

I purchased both HJB455W and the GGM84W off the BBC in January 2009. HJB 455W has been returned to running order and kept in Dr Who (NEON) livery! and GGM 84W has slowly been stripped for spares. I am now listing what I consider to be some of the more interesting parts of the bus, please see my other auctions as there are more parts for sale, and more to be listed in the next few days.

In the photographs is a copy of the V5 showing the BBC as the previous owner, and a picture of GGM84W and HJB455W (The complete bus) at Upper Boat of the cold and frosty morning when I collected them. This is a genuine sale.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Serendipity Of The Doctor

This weekend I attended the Tenth Doctor celebrations at the BFI, where they screen the season four finale, The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End.

I had a great time, but I do have a funny story that proves things sometimes work out for the best, even though they don’t look like it at the time.

Don’t ask me how, but I have managed to get myself on the guest list for the last few screenings in the BFI's Doctor Who At 50. After all the stress of missing a couple of the earlier screenings, it’s a relief to not worry about getting in. Or so I thought.

The guest tickets are only issued on the day, and can only be collected 30 minutes before the show starts.
So this time we arrived with around 20 minutes to spare - wandered up to the ticket desk - gave my name - and discovered someone else had already collected my tickets!
We’re not talking about giving them out in error - we are full-on name check and hand over. I was stunned. Who could have taken my seats?

Now, in all fairness to the BFI they were on the case straight away. Senior staff were called. Those in charge of the door were alerted and anyone trying to enter with L14 and L15 were going to be in SERIOUS trouble!
We were told to hang around near the entrance, so we could be on hand once it was resolved. It was so funny, as I could hear the staff muttering about L14 and L15. It was like an all-point border security alert!

With only 5 minutes to go it was decided we should be seated and if someone tried to take our seats we were to send them packing!

So finally in we were relived.

Then a friend I have only recently become reacquainted with waves at me, revealing HE has my tickets!
Ends up a couple of friends of his have seats next to us and he was keen to swap so they could all sit together. The seats he had were closer to the front, but he'd forgo those in favour of ours.

Not being an arsehole I agreed we’d change seats, having accepted his apology.

Anyway, lights down. Show starts, and I notice there are still some spare seats dotted around where we are sitting.

Skip forward to the second episode which followed a interval interview with Andy Pryor, the casting director for the series, and just as the lights go down and the episode starts two people slip into some spare seats just in front of us. It’s only David Tennant and Georgia Moffett!!!

By the time the episode was done Georgina had disappeared, leaving David on his own, but was soon joined by Catherine Tate.

It takes a few minutes to get set up for the main panel discussion, during which a few fans were asking David for autographs.

I had only brought none thing with me with a view to getting a signature - a screen-used fake bank note from The Runaway Bride bearing David's face.

All I had to do was lean forward a bit, not even standing from my seat, and it asked David if he’d sign for me. He happily took the note and my pen, signed and passed it back. Catherine was happy to sign too!

So you see, sometimes things DO work out for the best, and there’s no point being an arse and refusing to be a little flexible with friends - even if they have annoyed you a bit.