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Fans snap up Doctor Who costumes at auction

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Phil Newman gives a fan's-eye view of the auction's highlights

By Tim Masters
Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Hundreds of Doctor Who fans crammed into a London auction room on Wednesday to bid on classic costumes and props from the BBC sci-fi show.

The most expensive item of the day was a Dalek from the 1985 story Revelation of the Daleks - which sold for £20,400, including the auctioneer's fee.

Kylie Minogue's waitress costume, worn in the 2007 Christmas special Voyage of the Damned, fetched £3,120.

The auction of more than 160 lots took place at Bonhams in Knightsbridge.

A costume worn by Kylie Minogue in the Dr Who episode "Voyage of the Damned"
Kylie Minogue's waitress costume fetched more than £3,000

From the same Christmas special, David Tennant's two-piece Paul Smith dinner suit sold for £5,040.

More than 300 fans - many of them standing - packed into the auction room to bid for monster costumes from many eras of the show.

These included a Magma Beast from 1984 (sold for £1,560), a Kroll from 1978 (£780), a Vervoid from 1986 (£1,920) and a Sea Devil from 1984 (£2,040).

Some other props up for auction were fire-damaged from a blaze at the Doctor Who exhibition at Longleat in the 1990s.

'Hideous mask'

Paul Burrows, from near Cambridge, spent £9,600 on a Cyberman costume that appeared in both The Five Doctors (1983) and Silver Nemesis (1988).

Charlie Sheaf 11, and sister Sophie Sheaf 12, stands beside a Cyberman costume
This was one of five Cybermen sold at the auction

"If you think of Doctor Who, you either think of Daleks or Cybermen and everyone wants to own a Cyberman, don't they?" he said. "It was either that or a new car!"

He also splashed out £3,000 on a massive mask of a monster called The Malus.

"It's a hideous huge mask which came from a story called The Awakening with Peter Davison - one of my favourite episodes so I'm very pleased to get that," Mr Burrows said.

"I shall display them somewhere at home, I don't think they're going to lose value."

The first item to sell was Captain Jack's Torchwood Range Rover which went for £18,000. A black cab from The Runaway Bride episode starring Catherine Tate, aired in 2006, sold for £1,920.

Two double decker buses seen in the 2009 episode Planet of the Dead were withdrawn before the sale.



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