We’re coming into the home stretch of The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls series. Today’s doll is inspired by the 11th Doctor. Matt Smith brought an almost paradoxical combination of youthfulness, sagacity, and eccentricity to the role. Steven Moffat put it best when he said that Matt Smith and his Doctor are both “like a young man built by old men from memory.” All that energy and quirkiness makes for quite a
charming cool roly-poly doll.
- Light blue
- Grey or brown tweed (or similar)
- Light blue
- Grey or brown
- Medium brown Mehron crepe hair
- Acrylic paint:
- Hazel green
- Birdseed or rice
- Fold-top sandwich bag
- Polyester fiberfill
- 1/8″ ribbon
- Dark red
- Permanent adhesive
- Small bamboo skewer
- Exacto knife or woodcarving tools
- Doll Head & Arms (Download PDF)
- Doctor’s Shirt & Trousers (Download PDF)
- 11th Doctor’s Coat (Download PDF)
- 11th Doctor’s Accessories (Download PDF)
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. Matt Smith’s eyes seem to be a hazel green. Make sure to make the eyebrows thin and light. 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 11th Doctor has straight hair with long, floppy bangs (fringe for you Brits) parted to one side. 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 more glue as needed to glue down the hair, especially the bangs. I recommend using longer strips of wool for the bangs and shorter strips for the sides and back. 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. You can also use hairspray or gel to control any flyaway hairs.
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 a collar for the shirt. Follow the instructions in the pattern. Glue the collar around the neck of the doll using permanent adhesive. Fold back both ends of the collar and glue them down as well. Use pins to hold the collar in place while the glue dries.
Use 1/8″ dark red ribbon to make the 11th Doctor’s suspenders or braces. Measure out the ribbon before cutting it. Glue both ends of the ribbon above the black fabric. You can use pins to hold the ribbons in place while the glue dries, but be carefully not to puncture the bag of birdseed.
You can’t make an 11th Doctor doll without a bow tie, because bow ties are cool! Use the ribbon you used for the suspenders to tie the bow tie. Tip: Tying the ribbon around a small, thin bamboo skewer gives you a base to work from. If you’re like me and don’t have a clue how to tie a bow tie, check out this handy site for step-by-step instructions and photos. Glue the finished bow tie between the ends of the collar.
Sew the 11th Doctor’s tweed coat. Follow the instructions in the pattern. This is the basic pattern you used in a lot of the previous dolls, so it should be simple to make.
Top it all off with a mini replica of the 11th 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 gold, silver, black, white, and green acrylic paint to paint the screwdriver. Once the paint has dried, glue the finished sonic screwdriver in the doll’s hand.
And presto! Your very own curious and exuberant 11th Doctor doll–a mad man in a box! All that’s missing now is a pack of Jammie Dodgers and a fez.
Tomorrow is the final The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls post! Make sure to come back to find out how to make an incredible 12th Doctor doll!
What’s your favorite 11th Doctor episode or moment? Let me know in the comments below! “Vincent and the Doctor” is always magical and touching, no matter how many times I watch it. Bow ties, fezzes, stetsons, 1960’s spacesuits, glasses, bunk beds–all cool! You know what’s also cool? Sharing Doctor Who related post with your friends on social media. Yes siree, it doesn’t get much cooler than that!