Merchandise Mechanoid

Published on May 8th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Is this Mechanoid the Real Thing?

Got a spare £8,500 and a love for all things Dalek?

You might be tempted to invest in what is described as being Doctor Who rare  Mechanoid prop from the First Doctor serial The Chase – but the question on fandom’s lips right now is: “are you sure about that?”

Mechanoid

The prop is described as being the only one still in existence, but debate about this and its heritage are currently casting doubt over these claims.

Made from fibreglass with only a few signs of wear and tear, you can sit in and observe what is going on outside thanks to the see through stripey perspex panels on its base.

Whether or not these were really replaced many years ago during restoration to repair damage caused by being ‘blown up’ on screen is therefore a matter for some debate.

Naturally, it doesn’t come with the flame thrower.

The Mechanoid is listed by Hollywood’s Finest, a business specialising in hiring out famous movie props, cars and characters in Hollywood Movie quality costumes which implies no one wants to hire out poor old Meccy (yes, I’ve named it).

I don’t know; I think it would be a hoot at weddings or bar mitzvahs.

If you want to celebrate your passage to manhood with your own Meccy, or plan on taking a look for yourself with a hope of unravelling the conundrum, then head over to eBay now!

Mazel tov! [Taxi for Mr. Reynolds, please... -Sub-Ed]

(With thanks to Joe)

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




One Response to Is this Mechanoid the Real Thing?

  1. Martin says:

    I am the actual owner of the Mechanoid and I’ll answer a few questions:

    1. It is NOT screen used, even though I bought it in the understanding it was!

    2. It was made many years ago and spent the last few years proudly on display at the Blackpool Dr Who Exhibition until it closed not that long ago.

    3. It was apparently made by a well known prop builder, I’ve heard mention of the names Toby Chamberlain and Dave Price?

    4. It would apparently cost £10,000 to make another, especially to this high standard!

    5. I originally advertised it on eBay some months ago but ended the listing early as I had someone meant to be buying it but then he just disappeared, then I advertised it again just a couple weeks back but eBay pulled the listing because I said I had it advertised elsewhere and reserved the right to sell early if the offer was good enough (eBay REALLY don’t like that! :-)

    6. I have just put it on eBay as an auction (instead of my previous 30 day Buy It Now style) on a short 5 day listing, ending this Sunday 29th Sept at 8:28p so anyone interested had better be quick!! If anyone is interested PHONE ME ON 07851 717606

    7. Here is the eBay item number: 130995184598 and link http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ORIGINAL-BLACKPOOL-DR-WHO-EXHIBITION-FULL-LIFE-SIZE-MECHANOID-ROBOT-DALEK-TOY

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