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Doctor Who: The Auction Costumes and Props from the BBC Archive

An incredible archive of Dr Who memorabilia comprising monsters, costumes and props from the BBC is to be sold by Bonhams, Knightsbridge on 24 February 2010 at 2pm, with funds raised from the sale to be used to help finance future series of Dr Who.

As the world’s longest running science fiction television programme, Dr Who has attracted a cult following and this sale represents a unique opportunity for collectors to get their hands on authentic, screen-used props from both the Classic series (1963-1989) and the New series (2005-present).

Imperial DalekDavid Tennant proved a highly popular Doctor with more than 10 million people tuning in to see his last adventure over Christmas. A dinner suit worn by him in three episodes is expected to generate a lot of interest. Clothes worn by the Doctor’s assistants in the New Series are also represented with a complete costume of Astrid Peth’s (Kylie Minogue) from the 2007 Christmas special episode (estimated at £2,000-3,000), and various garments worn by Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate).

Two daleks, a sea devil and several cybermen who featured regularly in the Classic series have avoided extermination to make it to the sale room, and different pieces of ceremonial regalia modelled by Time Lords are also joining the ranks. Also 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 – several times voted the best Dr Who episode. 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. Captain Jack’s Torchwood Range Rover which was stolen in a 2009 episode is expected to fetch £10,000-15,000, and there are two double decker buses also from episodes in 2009 and a black cab from The Runaway Bride episode aired in 2006.

Stephanie Connell, Entertainment Memorabilia Specialist at Bonhams, comments: “Dr Who is without doubt one of the most important and best loved British television programmes, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to offer some of the most iconic costumes and props from both the “new” and “Classic” series of the show.”

Entrance to the view and to the sale will be by catalogue only. Catalogues cost £15 and each catalogue admits two people. Children go free if accompanied by an adult, and a minimum of £5 from each catalogue sale will be donated to ‘Children in Need’.

Viewings for interested bidders
Sunday 21 February 11am – 3pm
Monday 22 February 9am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 23 February 9am – 4.30pm
Wednesday 24 February 9am – 12noon

Image: Remembrance of the Daleks, October 1988, An Imperial Dalek (Mk 2) Estimate: £5,000 – 7,000