A full-size Doctor Who TARDIS is set to be one of the sought-after lots in a Surrey auction house’s Entertainment and Memorabilia sale later this month.
The iconic TARDIS, measuring 217 cm tall, is one of two constructed at Shepperton Studios in 1965 for the sci-fi cult classic, Dr Who and The Daleks. One was destroyed in production of the movie, and the one going on sale in Surrey was used at the premiere of the film for the cast to emerge from onto the stage.
It has also been signed on the inside by Jennie Linden, who played Barbara, one of Doctor Who’s granddaughters in the film. It was also used on the second 1966 film, Dr. Who Invasion of Earth 2150 AD.
The TARDIS was removed from Shepperton and later re-built by the BBC props department for use at Children in Need 2009 at the Leicester Space Centre. It was then sold on eBay as part of a charity auction in 2011 and has been in storage ever since.
Auction house Ewbank’s has given it an estimate of £3,000 to £5,000.
Elsewhere in the sale on May 31, fans of the Star Wars franchise will be interested in a rare poster and an Ewok head.
An original ‘Empire Day is May 20’ poster, advertising the London premiere of the 1980 film, The Empire Strikes Back, has been valued at between £1,000 and £2,000. It is paper, on period cardboard, to provide support for display, and measures 13.5 x 22 inches.
An Ewok head, assembled from original production items from Star Wars’ Return Of The Jedi, carries an estimate of between £6,000 and £9,000.