Chris Balcombe

Chris lives in the UK and has a number of original props from the classic Doctor Who period, including an original BBCtv dalek which dates back to the sixties. A selection of the collection can be seen below

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If you happen to watch the BBC 20th Century Roadshow you will likely have seen Chris collection featured on that show. If you missed it have a look now.
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If you have any original, screen-used Doctor Who props from the current or original series, and are interested in selling, please feel free to drop Chris an email.


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Happiness Patrol original gun
From the Sylvester McCoy years. Original gun/rifle used in ‘The Happiness Patrol’ broadcast in November 1988. Mainly remembered for either the bizarre Kandyman character, or Helen A actress Sheila Hancock modelling her character on UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher. This gun, which remains as it was at the end of studio recording, was kept by Mike Tucker, one of the BBC visual effects team. In the book he co-wrote with Sophie Aldred (published by Doctor Who Books in 1996), Mike Tucker says: “The fun guns evolved from sketches that Paul McGuinness had done and were built from a combination of aluminium and fibreglass, in bright primary colours, giving them a toy look. The firing mechanisms were stripped from the cyberguns, although the aluminium nozzles were redressed in more cheerful colours. They were also capable of firing either single or multiple shots.” This gun retains the nozzle taken from one of the Silver Nemesis cyberguns. And, though very difficult to screen-match the guns, there are differences in the weathering each was given (black spray paint lightly applied to various parts). During recording, the guns were swapped from actor to actor depending on scenes. And this gun’s weathering (especially on the vertical bright yellow cylinder) exactly matches the gun held in scenes by both Patrol leader Daisy K (played by Georgina Hale) and later by Susan Q (actress Lesley Dunlop), who becomes friends with Ace. You can see the gun on screen below. (Mike and Sophie’s glossy and picture-packed book ACE is still available on Amazon and various other sites!)
The Happiness Patrol gun being used by Daisy K
If you look closely at the black-spray weathering applied to the vertical yellow canister under the gun, and the red mid-barrel, it matches exactly the prop above. Photo copyright BBC Worldwide. (the DVD of The Happiness Patrol is available from the BBC Shop, under the title ACE ADVENTURES, a two disc set which also features Dragonfire
The gun on screen again, with Susan Q
Another scene, and the guns have swapped between actors. This time the same prop is being aimed by Susan Q (actress Lesley Dunlop) who soon befriends Ace. Picture is copyright BBC Worldwide and from the BBC Video of The Happiness Patrol.
 
The aluminium nozzles were removed from all the Silver Nemesis guns, for use on these Happiness Patrol weapons. The original Nemesis gun I once owned had a reproduction nozzle fitted, expertly made on a lathe by prop builder Andrew Hopkinson, and quite a close match to the originals.
The most regularly seen original BBCtv dalek?
The famous walk-in Dalek, with parts dating back to the very first episode The Mutants, when the Daleks made their first dramatic appearance on tv screens to face William Hartnell. Since then, this dalek has appeared in all but one of the classic Doctor Who dalek episodes, immediately recognized by its thin lower mid band, and the movie-style skirt with rear misaligned hemispheres. It was one of the three star daleks in Genesis....being the casing first displayed to the Kaled scientists, which then has a gun arm fitted, leading to Tom Baker nearly being exterminated! It was also the star dalek in The Five Doctors (with a different dome and neckbin). This dalek made its final Doctor Who appearance in Remembrance of the Daleks, and is seen here restored to those colours, with an original Remembrance eye stalk. It is fully studio-ready, after some brilliant restoration by Dr Who effects maestro Mike Tucker, and my thanks go to Jamie at ThePropGallery.com for his great help. For more history on this dalek, known as Dalek 1-7, visit the website that details almost every dalek there has ever been: http://www.dalek6388.co.uk/where-are-the-daleks-now.htm
Resurrection of The Daleks 1984
Here is the same dalek, right, with its familiar large gunboxes and movie skirt, in the scene where the daleks surround Peter Davison after he is tricked aboard the spaceship by Dalek agent Rodney Bewes. Photo copyright BBC
The back sections of Dalek One/Seven
The old guy (Chris) holding the two rear sections sawn away from the original BBC dalek, before it was transformed into a walk-in exhibition display dalek. Chris purchased these items at a Longleat Doctor Who auction, hosted by one-time Dr Who producer John Nathan-Turner. They are now reunited with the main section of the dalek skirt and middle. These two sections have special appeal in that they remained untouched after being removed, shortly after Remembrance completed recording. The misaligned movie-style hemispheres can clearly be seen.
Dalek One in the Five Doctors 1983
With a different neck and dome. Pic copyright BBC
Facing Peter Duncan on Blue Peter
Picture: copyright BBC
The dalek in Genesis Of The Daleks
Pic: Copyright BBC
Original 1960s BBCtv Dalek
This is how the walk-in dalek appeared when it was auctioned in London, UK, at Bonhams. Chris is still working on interior restoration, after BBC visual effects expert Mike Tucker grafted this section onto the orginal cut-off back section Chris had already owned. In carved-up form, the walk-in dalek was a regular attraction for visitors to the Llangollen Dr Who exhibition in North Wales. Thousands of fans must have stepped into it, to gaze out at themselves in the full-length mirror provided, and waggle the plunger and gun arms! Pic: copyright Bonhams London 2011.
Dalek One/Seven confronts Jon Pertwee in 1974
Here is the same casing in Death To The Daleks, during the scene where a deal is struck between Jon Pertwee and his famous foes. The movie-style skirt, with misaligned hemispheres, is easily spotted. Picture is copyright BBC
Rear view
The movie-style rear skirt hemispheres are immediately recognizeable
The Dalek on display at the Doctor Who exhibition
Chris is anxious to discover who took this photo, of the Dalek, believed to be at the Llangollen exhibition in North Wales. It shows the dalek as seen in the large mirror placed infront of it. If you took this picture, please contact Chris
Original Sea Devil head from Warriors Of The Deep
Broadcast in January 1984, this story saw Peter Davison’s Doctor in action aboard an undersea nuclear weapons base. Not seen since Jon Pertwee’s era, the returning aliens were the Silurians and Sea Devils, both with design updates. Very few of the Stan Mitchell-crafted latex heads survive in any complete form. This is believed to be the finest known example of an original Sea Devil head, and was kept stored by a crew member after recording ended. Originally owned by Jamie at thepropgallery.com, it was then in the collection of Graham Flynn (view his fine collection on this site) before finding its way back to Jamie (we collectors love trading props!) and was sold to Chris in November 2013. It screen-matches well, being clearly seen as the Sea Devil who guards the Doctor in the control room in the final episode. Each head, though cast from the same mould, had different holes and slits punctured into the necks, to enable the actors to see out as they lumbered along. This head also features a distinctive, very-slightly flattened nose on one side. It would be no surprise if this was gained during one of the many falls the poor creatures suffered.
 
 
 
Here is the head as seen on-screen, with Peter Davison, right, in the control room. Photo: ©BBCtv
 
 
Imperial Dalek Plunger
An original, screen-used Imperial Dalek plunger, from Remembrance Of The Daleks, broadcast in October of 1988. The arm was kept by special effects man Nick Kool, who works with Mike Tucker at the Model Unit. Both Mike and Nick worked for the BBC on Remembrance. Remembrance Of The Daleks saw a departure from the traditional sink plunger style for the white and gold Dalek army. The Doctor also uses one of the arms to operate controls after boarding the Dalek shuttlecraft at Coal Hill School, and later to set up a communications link with Davros aboard the mother ship. Acquired from ThePropGallery.com
Exact replica of Michael Wishers Davros
If Chris cannot get the real prop, the next best thing is an exact replica, and they dont come more accurate than this. Measured from the original chair and back support, and constructed from the same materials as used in the original Genesis Of The Daleks Davros chair, right down to the patterned perspex and resin operating knobs on the console. Davros himself is wearing a black tunic taken from the original pattern and made from the same material. And as for the star himself. The head is a cast from an original head pulled from the Mike Wisher, John Friedlander mould (confirmed by BBC VFX man Mike Tucker after he viewed the replica). You cannot get any closer! And the best news, for Chris at least, is that he has at last tracked down the EXACT illuminating large console switches as used by the BBC back in the seventies. These are awaiting fitting and new pictures will follow. It only took five years of searching!
Chris Brimelow replica Season 12 Tom Baker Scarf
Chris Brimelow is fast becoming known as the very best maker of Tom Baker replica scarves. Having compared Toms original scarf (sold at Bonhams...CB was there...should have bought it!), Chris, from the USA, is now managing to exactly colour-match virtually ever colour and thickness of the original 1970s wool, and produced this beauty in perfect garter stitch with lovely width and length. If you put it round Toms neck you would say it was original (though in slightly better condition!)
Lilith face prosthetic from
Original, screen-used latex prosthetic face applied to actress Christina Cole while she played the part of Lilith. Lilith leads the Carrionite witches in "The Shakespeare Code" (2007). Although disguised in her human form for much of the episode, her natural form is of a witch-like Carrionite. Her human form, a young, attractive woman, is used to manipulate humans, including William Shakespeare. She stops the Doctor (David Tennant) from reaching the Globe Theatre before the Carrionites are released by lines the Carrionites have inserted in Loves Labours Won, a variation of one of Shakespeares plays. Lilith is played by actress Christina Cole.
Lilith face prosthetic in close-up
The beautifully-detailed prosthetic face is mounted on a life-cast of actress Christina Cole. Around five of these prosthetics, all of hero quality, were made, by Neill Gorton and the team at Millenium FX, as each new day meant a new one was applied, and there were around five recording days in studio and on location. Hand-applied, individual hair can be seen on the eyebrows and nose mole. Only three prosthetics survived the rigours of filming, and this example is complete and still very supple, being made from platinum silicone gel, so sunlight and air contact have no detrimental effects.
Christina Cole as Lilith the Carrionite
Photo is copyright BBC Worldwide
Original Moonboot from Earthshock
Originally sold at Bonhams, London, this moonboot has lost most of the silver paint, and the inner foam has long perished and crumbled away. But still a nice piece.
2005 Gold Dalek
Identical in design and paint colour, and from the same moulds as the original Dalek featured in Chris Ecclestons debut series. Constructed from fibreglass, wood, aluminium and rubber. Far heavier than the Genesis dalek owned by Chris, the new series daleks were initially constructed by Mike Tuckers team. It was hoped the same team would continue to build the props for the rest of the series, but the contract was awarded to a company in Wales, where the production process was simplified and different materials used. This dalek has been fitted with a voice box and is fully functional, only lacking the remote-controlled dome, as it didnt eventually appear on screen. The original rubber daf oil seals surround each hemisphere, and the eye ball is the original design, which features an extra border ring around the blue eye, making it smaller in circumference than later daleks. This was a very kind gift to Chris, and naturally has a commanding position within his collection. Photographs of this dalek have appeared in TVTimes, The Guardian, The Times and various other magazines and newspapers, as well as publications across the globe.
EX-SNOWMINATE!!
The gold dalek seen in action, and not coming off best, as its pelted with snowballs by two local children in the snow that hit the UK in late January 2013. This and other photos from the session appeared in various national newspapers. Picture by Chris Balcombe. All rights reserved.
Theres no business like Snow business!
The dalek in the snowball fight, photographed close to where Chris lives, on the edge of the New Forest, Hampshire, as it appeared in various UK media
K9, the Doctors faithful metal friend
Cast from a mould taken from the original K9 who accompanied Tom Baker, but without the extra head shape changes made to the main screen-used prop, this replica matches the stunt K9 seen in episodes where the poor old metal dog is upside down having a wiring change, or is being lifted up (the second version lacking any internal motors so easily liftable). This K9 has been fitted with remote-control, enabling it to travel, the head antenna to extend, tail wag and ears wiggle. The lights on the top control panel in the same pattern as the original hero prop.
Replica Genesis Dalek with Raymond P Cusick
It was a real pleasure for Chris when he was assigned to complete a photo shoot with ex-BBC designer Mr Raymond P Cusick, at his home in Southern England. Ray sadly died in February 2013. Chris took along his replica Genesis-style dalek, which has, over the years, appeared in action on TV and at the movies advertising Kitkat chocolate bars. It also came up against Sylvester McCoy, see below, when Chris had to argue the case for the return of the daleks, when their future was in doubt, as recording of the new series with Chris Eccleston was in the planning stages.
 
The Genesis dalek at BBCtv South, with Sylv
 
Here it is again, with a neat backdrop from the new series!
 
The same dalek making its starring appearance in the TV and Cinema Kitkat advert, filmed inside a very warm South London shopping arcade. You can watch the advert on Youtube, where someone has placed it. No copyright infringement is intended by copying out this link (sorry - you cannot do a click-to-page link on this page): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XznuoDdv-IM. Or go to YouTube and search the words dalek kitkat. Nice to prove that not just short people can operate daleks. At six foot three inches, the dalek fits him like a glove (and has the same effect as sitting in a sauna for an hour)
A Genesis Christmas!
Shot as an exclusive half-page feature for the UK national newspaper The Sun, Chris used his main Genesis dalek replica, and another (since sold to a great guy in the USA) for this main shot, taken in the front room. Adobe Photoshop helped with the extermination effect
And how it looked in The Sun
 
Cyberman display for Crinkly Bottom theme park
Stuart Evans was commissioned to make various interior wall displays for the theme park Crinkly Bottom, based on the then popular Saturday night BBCtv show Noel Edmonds House Party. This is one of those displays, bought directly from Stuart. He used an original BBC Cyberman head to take vac-formed plastic front sections of cyber heads to make the displays, adding piping and sometimes lights to liven them up.
The Genesis dalek in action, on 20th Century Roadshow
As host Alan Titchmarsh, centre, reads a guide to Aliens, BBC steadicam operator Nathan Ridler (left) records Chris in his dalek gliding by (and shouting Exterminate), during the making of the Twentieth Century Roadshow programme.
End credits
End credits of the BBC programme Twentieth Century Roadshow. Now if only Nick Briggs and Barnaby Edwards hadnt been around for the new series.....
Original stunt banknotes from David Tennants The Runaway Bride
From David Tennants episode The Runaway Bride, broadcast at Christmas 2006, come these two prop banknotes, made for the BBC to use in the scene where the good Doctor goes to a hole in the wall ATM and, using his multi-skilled sonic screwdriver, causes the machine to send dozens of bank notes flying out into the air, causing a diversion while he and Rose escape. The notes were never seen in close-up, but BBC Wales thought it would be amusing to have the faces of David Tennant on one, with the words Ten Satsumas, and series producer Phil Collinson on the £20 version. Each note is double-side printed in very fine detail. Beware the clever forgeries! Copyright BBC Wales
Original Eagle Comic. The same issue read by Peter Cushing
Dated 20th March 1965, it was this issue of The EAGLE comic that actor Peter Cushing was filmed reading during the opening front-room sequence in the first dalek big screen adventure DOCTOR WHO AND THE DALEKS. A Dan Dare story features prominently on the cover. The cinema film, which showed the audience the daleks in colour for the very first time, was a box office hit. Chris wishes this was THE actual copy featured, but it is the nearest you can get. In near-mint condition with slight browning to the top of some pages.
Jon Pertwee as Worzel Gummidge
Jon Pertwee left TV sci-fi after Doctor Who, and was to become another famous UK televison character, a daft scarecrow which came to life called Worzel Gummidge. Made by Southampton-based Southern TV for the main ITV network, and broadcast from 25/2/1979 to 12/12/1981, with thirty one, 30 minute episodes over 4 seasons, plus a Christmas Special. Filmed in the countryside of Hampshire, and mainly in the village of Braishfield, (ie: not far from Chris), there were several media press calls to get the series publicised in the national press. Chris had the chance to photograph Jon as Worzel twice, and this was shot on location, with Jons co-star Una Stubbs, as Aunt Sally, right. On the left, for that particular episode, Una had a rival Aunt Sally, played by Connie Booth, co-writer and co-star of the John Cleese hit Fawlty Towers. As always, Jon was a gentleman at the photo session and did anything required.
An experimental biscuit container. No handle, and a little tricky getting your cookies out!
A UK novelty teapot company, Gary Seymour Teapots, wanted to produce a set of limited edition Dalek teapots about eight years ago. Following BBC licencing guidelines, a small number of example teapots were cast, glazed and painted in the different colours that were proposed to be offered. But, sadly, despite the high quality of the products, the licence was refused. This may have been because the BBC were looking for more mass-produced items, rather than small number production runs. The makers couldnt sell the pots, since they remained unlicenced, so they were given away to loyal Seymour pot customers and one to a teapot museum. Chris now retains a few examples of the colour tests. The moulds were destroyed and the company moved on to other designs. Gary also experimented with a version lacking the handle, as the first dalek biscuit jar....even though getting your cookies in and out would have proved a little tricky!
Bubble Shock drink bottle from the Sarah Jane Adventures
An original, still-sealed bottle of Bubble Shock, the drink featured prominently in the Sarah Jane Adventures opening episode. The Sarah Jane Adventures, produced by BBC Wales for CBBC, and created by Who mastermind Russell T Davies starred Elisabeth Sladen. It focused on the adventures of Sarah Jane Smith, a middle-aged investigative journalist who, in her youth, had numerous adventures across time and space, with first Jon Pertwee, then Tom Baker. The series debuted on BBC One with a 60-minute special, entitled "Invasion of the Bane", on 1 January 2007. Acquired from a member of the production crew after filming, the Bubble Shock bottles were specially produced by a UK plastic bottle-making plant
Bubble Shock bottle as seen in the episode
With the late, great actress Elisabeth Sladen. Picture is copyright BBC Wales
 
copyright BBC Wales


If you have any original, screen-used Doctor Who props from the current or original series, and are interested in selling, please feel free to drop Chris an email.



All photographs on this website are the copyright of either the BBC, where credited, or Chris Balcombe, They cannot be used or reproduced without explicit written permission. The daleks are copyright BBC and Terry Nation's Estate. Full size daleks of every type are available to buy from This Planet Earth, at www.thisplanetearth.co.uk/

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