Don't get me wrong, I loved Dapol. I literally jumped for joy when they were first advertised on the back of DWM back in 1988. For me, accuracy was less important than having a representation of the character.
But they did have to be able to move.
So in 2001, when Dapol decided to make unarticulated statues instead of action figures, it was time for me to make my own.
I'd experimented with customs for a few years, making my own 8th Doctor Dapol figure for one. But this was a massive undertaking. To cast whole bodies from scratch that I could make into whoever I wanted.
In order to make my scratch figures, or 'clones' as I called them, I selected two Star Wars figures with generic parts that could be cast the modified to become any desired individual.

For the men I chose Chancellor Valorum (he has great generic legs under that robe) I also initially used the bare arms from the original Dagobah Luke but then changed to the arms of Han Solo (Endor) as most of the people I was making would have sleeves and not muscly arms. For the women, I used Princess Leia (Slave outfit).

When planning a character,  I used the template below to draw on the various modifications I needed to make.
Pretty soon, I'd made every Doctor, enough companions to see them through time and space and a pantheon of monsters and villains for them to fight.
I could never have known that in just a few years, Doctor Who would be back on our screens, a phenomenal success again and that before the decade was over, we'd all have access to figures of
every Doctor and some of their most iconic companions and enemies.
Over the years I've seen the unbelievable custom work of so many wonderfully talented people with results far beyond what my efforts could ever achieve. But at the time, like Dapol, my figures were for me, acceptable representations.

2001. A promo I made to celebrate the move from Dapol figures to my own. Suddenly every Doctor could have their own adventures!

 
 
 
 

Here for the first time are pictures of all the custom figures I made. Some have never been seen before.

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THE FIRST DOCTOR
SUSAN FOREMAN
IAN CHESTERTON
BARBARA WRIGHT
PING CHO.
KUBLAI KAHN'S VIZIER.
VOORD
MECHANOIDS
THE CELESTIAL TOYMAKER
THE CYERMEN (TENTH PLANET )
THE SECOND DOCTOR
JAMIE MCRIMMON
VICTORIA WATERFIELD
ZOE HERRIOT
YETI
ICE WARRIORS
THE QUARKS
THE THIRD DOCTOR
THE BRIGADIER
JO GRANT
SGT BENTON
CAPTAIN YATES
THE MASTER
AUTONS
OGRONS
AXONS
ARCTURUS
ALPHA CENTAURI
SEA DEVILS
SONTARANS
THE FOURTH DOCTOR
SARAH JANE SMITH
LEELA
K-9
ROMANA 1
ROMANA 2
THE GIANT ROBOT
CYBERMEN (REVENGE)
ZYGONS
MR SIN
RUTAN
MOVELLANS
THE NIMON
THE FIFTH DOCTOR
ADRIC
TEGAN JOVANKA

TURLOUGH

KAMELION
THE MASTER
TIME LORD
GALLIFREY CHANCELLARY GUARD
THE BLACK & WHITE GUARDIANS
CYBERMEN (EARTHSHOCK)
DALEKS
THE SIXTH DOCTOR
PERI
EVELYN SMYTHE

MELANIE BUSH

SIL
THE RANI
THE SEVENTH DOCTOR
ACE
THE EIGHTH DOCTOR
DARI
JESS REED
TIME LADY
THE NINTH DOCTOR
ROSE TYLER
CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS
CASSANDRA
THE MOXX OF BALHOON
THE FACE OF BOE
THE TENTH DOCTOR
THE SYCORAX
DR WHO
ALTERNATE NINTH DOCTOR
ALISON CHENEY

 SHALKA

BERNICE SUMMERFIELD
THADIUS TORCHWOOD
AMELIA NETHERCOT
MENOPODS
AVON
BLAKE
VILA
MUTOID
PAPA LAZAROU
THE GENTLEMEN
MULDER & SCULLY