Doctor Who props regenerate at auction



2015-06-26 11:50:36

Doctor Who props regenerate at auction

Memorabilia from the world's longest-running sci-fi programme will avoid extermination, this month

An incredible archive of Doctor Who memorabilia comprising monsters, costumes and props from the BBC series is to be sold by Bonhams, Knightsbridge on February 24.

As the world's longest running science fiction television programme, Doctor Who has attracted a cult following and this sale represents a unique opportunity for collectors to get their hands on authentic, screen-used props.

 David Tennant's dinner suit, worn in three episodes of the hit BBC TV series

David Tennant proved a highly popular Doctor, with more than 10 millionpeople tuning in to see his last adventure over Christmas 2009.

A dinner suit worn by him in three episodes is expected to generate a lot of interest.

Clothes worn by the Doctor's companions in the so-called "new series" are also represented with a complete costume of Astrid Peth's, as worn by pop singer Kylie Minogue in the 2007 Christmas special episode.

Various garments worn by Rose Tyler (played by Billie Piper), Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) will also appear.

Two Daleks, a sea devil and several Cybermen which featured regularly in the "classic" series have also avoided extermination to make it to the saleroom.

And different pieces of ceremonial regalia modelled by Time Lords are also joining the ranks.

Also going under the hammer will be examples of Kroll squid, Mandrells, Nimons, Foamasis, Tractators, Mogarians and Vervoids and a Brontasaurus spanning the tenure of Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy at the helm of the TARDIS.

Also of significance are two versions of the Malus from 'The Awakening' and the Magma Creature which featured in 'The Caves of Androzani' - Peter Davison's last show as the Doctor which aired in March 1984.

 A Cyberman costume from the show's 1980s era: one of many of the Doctor's foes to appear in the sale

Theadventure has been voted the best Doctor Who episode on several occasions.

Other former adversaries of the Doctor included in the catalogue are a Gastropod 'Mestor', Jacondan headdress, LI Tracker Robot, The Kandyman, one of the Gods of Ragnarok and Cheetah People - the latter featuring in the last ever story to air in the show's "classic" run.

As well as monsters and costumes there is also a selection of vehicles up for auction - including Captain Jack's Range Rover from the popular Who spin-off series, Torchwood, and a black cab from The Runaway Bride episode, aired in 2006.

"Doctor Who is without doubt one of the most important and best loved British television programmes," said Stephanie Connell, Entertainment Memorabilia Specialist at Bonhams.

"And we are delighted to havetheopportunity to offer some of the most iconic costumes and props from the show."

Doctor Who: The Auction Costumes and Props from the BBC Archive will be held in Knightsbridge, Londonon February 24.

Images: Bonhams

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