I can’t believe there’s only 3 more days until the start of Doctor Who series 10! Up next on The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls countdown is the 10th Doctor. David Tennant brought tons of enthusiasm and passion to the role. His incarnation of the Doctor was brimming with energy and charisma, punctuated every now and then by intense darkness. Kitted out with his signature suit, coat, and sonic screwdriver, this geek chic Doctor makes an adorable roly-poly doll.
- Light blue
- Dark Blue
- Light blue
- Dark Blue
- Medium brown Mehron crepe hair
- Acrylic paint:
- Birdseed or rice
- Fold-top sandwich bag
- Polyester fiberfill
- 1/8″ ribbon
- Dark brown
- Permanent adhesive
- Brick red fabric marker
- Small bamboo skewer
- Exacto knife or woodcarving tools
- Doll Head & Arms (Download PDF)
- Doctor’s Shirt & Trousers (Download PDF)
- 10th Doctor’s Coat (Download PDF)
- 10th Doctor’s Accessories (Download PDF)
Got everything you need? Great! Allons-y!
The first step is to make the doll head and arms. Follow the directions in the pattern. See the posts for the 1st and 2nd Doctor dolls for more detailed photos. Next, paint the face. David Tennant’s eyes are dark brown. I recommend using a paintbrush with a fine tip or the head of a pin to paint on the fine details.
Once that’s done, unravel the crepe wool hair and use a steamer or a hair straightener to take out the curl. The 10th Doctor has very spiky, ruffled hair with distinctive sideburns. Apply glue along the hairline of the doll. Cut off small strips of the wool, stretch them out into a 1/2-inch line, and stick one end into the glue. Use longer strips of wool toward the middle of the hairline and shorter strips towards the outside. Glue on more strips of wool hair as needed to fill in the hair. After the glue has dried, use scissors to trim any excess hair. Keep the middle long and taper the cut so it’s short on the back and sides. For the sideburns, apply two thin lines of glue on both cheeks. Make two very thin strips of wool and stick the ends into the glue. After the glue has dried, trim the sideburns as short as possible.
I couldn’t find a blue or brown fabric with very thin pinstripes. So just like with the 6th and 7th Doctors, I used fabric markers to create my own pattern. This time I used a brick red fabric marker to draw stripes on dark blue fabric. Each line is approximately 1/8-inch apart. Once you’re done drawing on the pinstripes, sew together the waistcoat and trousers. Follow the directions in the pattern. While you’re doing that, don’t forget to fill a fold top sandwich bag with birdseed or rice and tie off the top. It should be about the size of an orange or a small softball.
The final step in making the waist coat and trousers involves gathering stitches around the neck of the doll. Here are some important tips to remember when gathering stitches:
- Change the stitch length on your sewing machine to the longest stitch possible.
- Do not back-stitch at the start or end of your line.
- Make sure the two lines of stitches are parallel and do not cross paths.
- Gather either all the top stitches or all the bottom stitches. Do not gather both the top and bottom.
Once the neck has been gathered and tied off, push the bag of birdseed through the bottom hole and tighten the drawstring. Tie off the drawstring.
Now it’s time to sew the suit lapels, shirt, collar, and tie. You’re going to have the draw the pinstripes on the fabric for the suit lapels as well. Follow the directions in the pattern for all four pieces. Glue the suit lapels on the doll using permanent adhesive. Glue the shirt piece on top of that. Then glue the collar around the neck of the doll. Fold back both ends of the collar and glue them down as well. Finally, glue the tie between the ends of the collar. Use pins to hold all the pieces in place while the glue dries, but be careful not to puncture the bag of birdseed.
Sew the 10th Doctor’s long brown coat. Follow the instructions in the pattern. This pattern’s a bit different from the others. Like the 3rd Doctor’s, it has a lining, so you have to sew two pieces of fabric together for each section. And like the War Doctor’s coat, you need to sew patches on the back of the front sections for the lapels. See the instructions for more detail. If you don’t care about the coat having a blue lining, just use brown fabric and use the pattern for the 1st Doctor’s coat.
Last but not least, you need to make the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. Carefully cut a 1 1/4-inch piece from a bamboo skewer using an exacto knife or wood carving tools. Carve the wood to look like the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. Use silver, grey, blue, black, white, and yellow acrylic paint to paint the screwdriver. Once the paint has dried, glue the finished sonic screwdriver in the doll’s hand.
And there you have it–your very own exuberant and charming 10th Doctor doll. Molto bene!
There’s only a couple posts left in The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls. Tomorrow’s post is a very cool 11th Doctor doll!
What’s your favorite 10th Doctor episode or moment? Let me know in the comments below! It’s a tough choice, but I’d say “The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End” are my favorite episodes. Now people assume that blogging is a strict progression of posting to sharing. But actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, sharey-warey…stuff. Sorry, that sentence got away from me a bit. What I meant to say is it would be brilliant if you could share this post with your friends!