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Original Dalek leads collection of Doctor Who memorabilia at Bonhams


Doctor Who fans will soon have to chance to own their very own Dalek, as a collection of Doctor Who memorabilia comes up for auction at Bonhams.
The sale in London will include costumes, scripts and props from the show, including two screen-used versions of the Doctor’s most feared enemies: the Daleks and the Cybermen.

The Dalek was built for the highly successful 2005 revival of the show, which featured Christopher Ecclestone as the ninth doctor and Billy Piper as his companion Rose Tyler.

It appeared on-screen in the final two episodes of the series, ‘Bad Wolf’ and ‘The Parting of the Ways’, in which The Doctor squared off against the Dalek Emperor and his invading army, before regenerating at the Tenth Doctor, played by David Tenant.

Having originally been given away as a competition prize by the Radio Times in 2005, the Dalek is now expected to sell for £10,000 – £15,000 ($14,170 – $21,250).

Just last week the auction record for Doctor Who memorabilia was broken, when another Dalek – this one used on-screen in the 1966 film ‘Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 AD’ – sold at Bamford’s in Derbyshire for £35,000 ($49,600).

Another major lot is the original Cyberman head, first built in 1968 for The Invasion and then later used again on-screen in 1975 during Revenge Of The Cybermen. After being stored away in the BBC archives, the head was remodelled in the 1980s and used as a master for the redesigned Cybermen.

As a piece of Doctor Who history used during three different decades, the prop head comes with an estimate of £4,000 – £5,000 ($5,670 – $7,085).

Other notable lots from the sale include costumes worn on-screen by both Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams; a rare set of production storyboards from the 1969 serial The Space Pirates; and several sets of rehearsal scripts used by Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, including Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen.

The Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale takes place in London on June 21.


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