Tuesday 20 November 2012

Bonhams auction - 12th December 2012

It’s nearly December, and that means yet another Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale.

As usual Doctor Who gets a look in, with a range of eras represented, including a stunningly colourful poster for the second Peter Cushing Dalek film, Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD.

But the main items on offer cover the now finished spin-off series, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Since both these series had the bulk of their runs alongside the Tennant era, I have listed them in my Coat blog.

Here are the only items relating to the Matt Smith era, one of which is from his guest appearance on The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Lot 143
Third Doctor (1970-1974)
Lot 144
Fourth Doctor (1975-1980)
Lot 145
Sixth Doctor (1984-1986)
Lots 146 - 147
Seventh Doctor (1987-1989)
Lots 150 - 163
Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures

Lot 118
Daleks Invasion Earth 2150, British Lion Films, 1966, British ABC Cinema quad poster, with overlaid snipe for 'Indian Paint', 30 x 40 inches (76x102cm)
Estimate: £500 - 700
Sold for £625

Lot 148
Doctor Who - A Chrismas Carol, December 2010: A foam latex model of a shark, to scale, overpainted, on wood and metal stand, accompanied by another fin, the shark - 104 x 60 inches (360x152cm)
Estimate: £1,000 - 1,500
Sold for £875

The episode features Matt Smith as the Doctor with Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins in supporting roles. The 'Christmas Carol' inspired story has a shark as a major feature of the plot.

Lot 161
The Sarah Jane Adventures, Series 4 - Death of the Doctor: A Shansheeth part costume, 2010, comprising: a full length long-sleeved purple velvet robe with Velco to back; purple plush velvet cape and sleeves, with further velvet collar, boot covers together with large black net petticoat, labelled 'Paul' and undergarments with original BBC stock numbers
Estimate: £250 - 300
Sold for £687

'Death of the Doctor' is one of only two episode of the SJA to feature Matt Smith as the Doctor. The Shansheeth are a species of Vulture type creatures.

Monday 5 November 2012

Easter Island statues - but no bow ties

Not strictly costume related - but I thought it would make you smile.

I was out and about and visited a local garden centre.
Wandering through the garden stoneware area I noticed that Easter Island heads seemed to be the in thing this year!

There were concrete ones in buff, cream and grey, as well as ceramic glazed ones in blue and black.

But that wasn’t all - indoors was another alternative, this time in dark grey simulated slate.

Now it makes me think of Matt Smith!

The connection was referred to in The Impossible Astronaut, when The Doctor and River Song are syncing diaries. They mention Easter Island, alluding to the visual resemblance between Matt Smith and the famous statues.

But the connection had been made quite a while before, when tv critic Charlie Brooker made the following observation.
“The TARDIS has been whirling charmingly in space since the pre-Nando’s era, and in that time it’s housed 11 Doctors: Silver-haired grandpa William Hartnell; flute-playing hobo Patrick Troughton; dandy Worzel Gummidge-in-Waiting Jon Pertwee; eccentric boggle-eyed mop Tom Baker; Peter Davison, the troubled-looking Timotay Doctor; Colin Baker, a permed and spiky weirdo; kooky walking tour guide Sylvester McCoy; tousle-haired motorbiking action hero Paul McGann; crop-haired and intense Christopher Eccleston; national crush David Tennant; and the new guy, Matt Smith, who looks a bit like a friendly Easter Island statue in a bowtie.”
Charlie Brooker