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
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
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
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
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,
2001. A promo I made to
celebrate the move from Dapol figures to my own.
Suddenly every Doctor could have their own
Here for the first time are pictures of
all the custom figures I made. Some have never been seen