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Published on November 9th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

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Classic Who Collectibles

The Mail on Sunday has run a feature on classic Doctor Who toys, ranging back to the Dalek explosion of the 1960s, and covering props and costumes.

East Ham’s The Who Shop takes centre stage in the feature, with co-owner Alexandra Looseley-Saul revealing that Doctor Who merchandise isn’t affected by market forces in "these troubled times".

‘Doctor Who is a vital part of British heritage and TV history. The economy is suffering and markets are falling, but Time Lord values still grow. Though Doctor Who is the driving force of the show, it is the Daleks that excite most interest.’

Ah, the Daleks – the saviours of Doctor Who from the start. Toys came in all shapes and sizes back in the day, including the much sought after PVC playsuit…

Looseley-Saul says: ‘I had a luxury blue Dalek suit made by Scorpion Automotives that had a flashing eye. I sold it three years ago for £3,000, but it would fetch at least £5,000 now.’

You should have kept hold of it and sold it now then, love.

There’s much more to read in the Mail’s article, including valuations for autographs (with Patrick Troughton fetching £300!) and props, as well as 1970s figurines…

 

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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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