Doctor Who News Planet of the Daleks 3

Published on October 17th, 2013 | by Jonathan Appleton

Is There A Dalek In Your Attic?

If so, and if you can bear to part with it, you could make some serious money when Doctor Who items next come up for auction at Bonhams Auctioneers in December.

It seems the £36,000 paid in 2005 for an original Dalek used in the series is still a record, according to journalist Emma Simon’s research.

That’s not to say that any old bit of tat relating to our favourite show will prove to be your pension fund, though. It’s all about provenance and condition, apparently. And don’t be too trusting of eBay descriptions!

The Who Shop’s Alexandra Looseley-Saul says:

If you can verify that an item appeared on screen, then this is likely to appeal to collectors. If it was worn or connected to one of the main actors or assistants, this will add to its value.

Other fascinating facts in a well researched exploration into how to track down the rarest Doctor Who pieces include:

  • Be wary of William Hartnell autographs – his wife Heather often used to sign them for him.
  • The 1964 Scorpion Automotives Dalek playsuit is so rare because the factory burnt down.
  • When it comes to which Doctor’s items are the most popular, Tom Baker “shines head and shoulders above the rest”.

It’s not about the money, of course, but it is undeniably fun to ponder on what your own stuff is worth. Rarest item on my shelves is probably the first Jon Pertwee annual from 1970, although I can’t claim it’s mint as the puzzles are filled in.

What about you?


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Jonathan remembers catching Tony Hughes's Doctor in BBC Schools Mathsshow when he was off school in 1975. This more than made up for having chickenpox. Something of an old hand by this time, he had learned from The Doctor Who Monster Book that there were other Doctors and adventures to discover - an exciting prospect for a five year old.

4 Responses to Is There A Dalek In Your Attic?

  1. Mark Lenton says:

    Hmmm, I was given a JH Weatherby – Hanley, Dalek Mug about 5 years ago by a neighbour. It was part of a set produced in 1965 including saucers and plates and while the plates are well known about I have never heard of anyone at all having one of the mugs.

  2. sonofskaro says:

    I have a script from the Dark Dimension and script changes for Battlefield that belonged to Nicholas Courtney.

  3. A Tony Rix says:

    i have a reel of a old episode .the tenth Planet episode 4 knocking about, but sadly I cant fit the can inside my Blu ray drive. which is a shame :-)

  4. TonyS says:

    Complete set of annuals (except the Adventures in Time and Space book); several autographed items (Pat Troughton, Peter Cushing, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and more companions than you can shake a stick at); Dalek World; Dalek Book; Dalek Pocketbook; erm maybe some other stuff

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