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Tommy Knight’s costume (Eye of the Gorgon, 2007)

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This costume was worn by Tommy Knight in the first series of the Sarah Jane Adventures for the story, ‘Eye of the Gorgon‘.

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The costume is made up of a lilac t-shirt and brown Gap bootcut corduroy trousers which were teamed with a denim jacket during the story.

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An interesting feature in the detail on the trousers, which demonstrates the authenticity, is the BBC costume stock number and the handwritten Luke on the label.

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Curiously both the t-shirt and the trousers have had simulated dirt added to them for reasons we are not sure about. A similar t-shirt was also worn by Tommy Knight during the Series 2 story ‘The Last Sontaran‘, which is also in our collection this time, but was teamed with a pair of denim jeans.

Tommy Knight’s jacket (Warriors of Kudlak, 2007)

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This jacket was worn by Tommy Knight in the first series of the Sarah Jane Adventures in the story ‘Warriors of Kudlak‘.

The episode was filmed in a variety of locations in June and July 2007. Notable locations in which the jacket can be identified include Womanby street and Evolution night club in the Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay. The street scenes saw Clwb Ifor Bach used for the Combat 3000 exterior and Evolution allowed the production team to create the interiors for Combat 3000.

Tommy Knight also appears to have worn the same jacket for the scenes filmed at the New Theatre for ‘Secrets of the Stars‘ (2008) over a plain red t-shirt.

Sinead Michael’s costume (The Curse of Clyde Langer, 2011)

IMG_8323This complete school uniform costume was worn by Sinead Michael in The Curse of Clyde Langer. The black tie with red and grey stripes tie is worn by pupils of Cardiff High School, Roath in South Wales, which doubled for Park Vale School, where crowd school scenes would often be filmed and had been since 2007.

IMG_8324In addition to the black trousers, white cotton shirt and white vest top, we also have black ‘Marks and Spencer’ pumps (size 2 1/2), black  ‘Next’ ankle socks and a black hooded sweatshirt worn by Sinead during the episode.

Freema Agyeman’s costume (Last of the Time Lords, 2007)

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This costume was featured in the series finale episode Last of the Time Lords which saw Martha Jones become the lead character with the Doctor neutralised by the Master. It was worn throughout the episode, including when Martha’s boat arrives back in the UK which was filmed on Barry Island beach, Whitmore Bay, Barry Island on 12th March 2007.

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It is a simple costume consisting of a black suede effect military style ‘All Saints’ jacket, a pair of black ‘Dorothy Perkins’ combat trousers anda purple elasticated cotton vest top.

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This is one of the rare occasions where a costume is also available in action figure form! Only two 5inch action figures of Martha Jones were made, the first in her traditional red leather jacket and jeans and the second in this costume.

Varsh’s dagger – ‘Full Circle’ (1980)

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From the original run of Doctor Who on television from 1963-1989, this original prop was used by actor Richard Willis, who played Varsh. It is most easily identifiable in the scene which begins with Varsh ‘sharpening’ his knife, despite it being made of wood. The wire wrapped around the handle, which is also wood, however is metal.

It is nice to have such an item in the collection that is now 35 years old!

Giant Speaker prop – The Runaway Bride (2006)

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This original, screen used giant speaker prop was used in the 2006 Christmas special ‘The Runaway Bride‘ and can be clearly seen in the foreground of the scene where the Doctor utilises the sound system and his sonic screwdriver against the robot Santa’s.

It is indeed giant, measuring 48 inches (128cm) wide, 72 inches (184cm) high and 36 inches (92cm) deep! As a result it wouldn’t even fit through a front door and so is in storage!

Angus Wright’s costume – ‘The Vault of Secrets’ (2010)

Mr Dread_The Vault of SecretsThe mysterious character ‘Mr Dread’, played by Angus Wright, appeared in the Sarah Jane Adventures series 4 story, ‘The Vault of Secrets‘. An android, with a left hand that could be removed and replaced by a weapon capable of incineration, he was an instrument of ‘the Alliance of Shades’, an alien initiative designed to prevent human beings from becoming aware of extra-terrestrial life by wiping their memories.

Shots of ‘Mr Dread’ in this costume also appeared in the title sequence for series 4.

Our collection possesses not one but TWO identical black two-piece Hugo Boss black wool suits used during the filming of the episode. To complete the look the costume includes two white cotton ‘Marks & Spencer’ shirts, a black tie and two pairs of knotted black cufflinks together with a pair of black ‘Marks & Spencer’ leather boots and a belt. The costume came with original BBC stock number labels but also in one of the pockets we found a tissue!

Elisabeth Sladen’s costume (The Gift, 2009)

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Worn by Elisabeth Sladen during the final scene of ‘The Gift’, the finale to the third series of the Sarah Jane Adventures, this costume comprises a pink/white loose fit blouse, with pink and white spotted vest and blue French Connection jeans. It features in a lovely scene, filmed on Friday 3rd July 2009, in which Sarah Jane Smith, Rani, Clyde, Luke and K9 enjoy a barbecue whilst explaining that “there’s nothing more important than friendship”.