Dalek Auction Record Exterminated

As you might have heard, the Bonhams auction of Doctor Who costumes and props went very well today, with both Daleks beating the previous record of £5000 set in 2005 for one of the fascist monsters.

Today, a Remembrance of the Daleks (1988) cream coloured Mk II construct sold for £15,600, while a black Mk I from Resurrection of the Daleks (1985), went for an outstanding £20,400!

And they say there’s a recession on! Bonhams was apparently packed with over 300 fans squeezed in as the auction house did a great days business. As well as the Daleks among the 160 lots were costumes from 2007’s Voyage of the DamnedDavid Tennant’s two-piece Paul Smith dinner suit sold for £5,040, while Kylie Minogue’s waitress costume made £3,120! It’s a wonder people can afford this – but these aren’t just people they’re dedicated fellow Whovian, some of whom have made sacrifices to be able to buy a part of the show they love.

But recession aside, why has a Doctor Who auction had such an effect? Fan Martin Rowe told the Daily Mail:

‘In its own way it’s art,’ the 31-year-old software developer told me. ‘You can associate with Doctor Who because he’s kind of in the real world.

‘Some of the locations are real streets and council estates. He was someone who could walk into your life in a way that Luke Skywalker never could.’

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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