Today is the start of Doctor Who series 10! I can’t believe it’s finally here! Which means it’s time for the final installment of The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls. This roly-poly doll is inspired by the Doctor currently bouncing around the universe in the TARDIS: the 12th Doctor. Peter Capaldi’s incarnation of the Doctor has a tremendous amount of gravitas and ferocity, but he’s also quite mischievous and passionate. So without further adieu, I give you a 12th Doctor doll that’s sharp, mysterious, and ready to explore the universe.
- Navy blue
- Navy blue
- Light grey Mehron crepe hair
- Acrylic paint:
- Light blue
- Birdseed or rice
- Fold-top sandwich bag
- Polyester fiberfill
- 1/8″ ribbon
- Permanent adhesive
- Small bamboo skewer
- Exacto knife or woodcarving tools
- Doll Head & Arms (Download PDF)
- Doctor’s Shirt & Trousers (Download PDF)
- 12th Doctor’s Coat (Download PDF)
- 12th 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. Peter Capaldi’s eye color was a little tricky to decipher. I ended up going with a slightly greenish shade of blue. And don’t be afraid to paint strong eyebrows. The 12th Doctor’s got attack eyebrows after all, remember. 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 just slightly take out the curl. The 12th Doctor has hair similar to the 3rd Doctor’s, except shorter. 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. 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. I kept the hair a little bit longer on top and short on the sides and back.
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 shirt and collar. Follow the instructions in the pattern. Glue the shirt piece to the doll using permanent adhesive. Then glue the collar around the neck of the doll. Fold back both ends of the collar and glue them down as well. Use pins to hold both pieces in place while the glue dries, but be carefully not to puncture the bag of birdseed.
Next, sew the Doctor’s magician coat. This is the same pattern used to make the 10th Doctor’s coat. Follow the instructions in the pattern. If you don’t care about the red lining, just use black fabric and use the pattern for the 1st Doctor’s coat.
The 12th Doctor has a brand-new, TARDIS-blue sonic screwdriver. I love the new design so much that I just had to recreate it for his doll. 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 blue, light blue, silver, and gold acrylic paint to paint the screwdriver. Once the paint has dried, glue the finished sonic screwdriver in the doll’s hand.
It’s as simple as that! Now you can cap-off your Doctor doll collection with a fierce and enigmatic 12th Doctor doll.
And there you have it: 13 roly-poly dolls inspired by each larger-than-life incarnation of the Doctor! Don’t they look cool all lined-up together?
What’s your favorite 12th Doctor episode or moment? Let me know in the comments below! “Listen” might just be my favorite episode ever. Clara’s speech about fear makes me tear-up ever time I watch it. If you enjoyed this or any of the previous posts, please share them with your friends on social media. Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to read all The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls post! You have no idea how much it means to me. I’d give you all a hug, but we know how the 12th Doctor feels about hugs…
The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls Recap:
- 1st Doctor
- 2nd Doctor
- 3rd Doctor
- 4th Doctor
- 5th Doctor
- 6th Doctor
- 7th Doctor
- 8th Doctor
- War Doctor
- 9th Doctor
- 10th Doctor
- 11th Doctor
Let me know what other roly-poly dolls you’d like to see me make in the future!