Robert Sloman Dies

Although we are unable to provide any detail, it is with sadness that we report that the writer Robert Sloman who provided scripts to the series during the Jon Pertwee era, has died.

Sloman worked on one of the series’ most popular adventures, The Daemons under the pseudonym “Guy Leopold”; he was also reponsible for The Time Monster, Planet of the Spiders and the immensely popular and iconic serial The Green Death.

Former series producer Barry Letts has provided an obituary to The Guardian on Tuesday 6th November, and reveals that Sloman was a keen sailor and pilot as well as an enthusiastic family man. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The Telegraph‘s online incarnation has a well-timed look at Doctor Who merchandise of the classic variety. “Auction Mouse” investigates the inflation in prices (such as a Product Enterprises Talking Dalek that went for £128 on eBay recently) and quotes David J. Howe, the author of Transcendental Toybox (a book which details and lists all Doctor Who memorabilia).

And of course the above story is well-timed as it coincides with the news we reported yesterday that a TARDIS prop 17 inches in height is due for auction at Christie’s this week. The BBC News site has reported it, and according to them we were right on at least one count – the prop is believed to have been used in the Jon Pertwee debut serial Spearhead from Space.

In traditional Doctor Who manner, the BBC have tastefully included a photo in their report of the TARDIS miniature decorated by a glamourous Christie’s representative. They also believe the model was constructed by Ron Oates.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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