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?


Jonathan has followed the Doctor's adventures since the late Pertwee era, and he isn't about to stop now. A charity worker from Hull, he enjoys following Hull City's fortunes, listening to Bruce Springsteen and collecting all manner of Doctor Who ephemera. He blogs about Doctor Who merchandise at

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