Series 10 of Doctor Who starts in less than two weeks! *Insert excited fangirl squeeing* I thought it would be fun to countdown to the new series with a little feature I’ve decided to call The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls. Every day from now until April 15th, there will be a new post on how to make a roly-poly doll based on all twelve-ish Doctors. Let’s kick things off with a doll inspired by William Hartnell’s classic take on the universe’s favorite Time Lord.
- Small checkered (dark blue or mustard yellow)
- White Mehron crepe hair
- Acrylic paint:
- Light brown
- Birdseed or rice
- Fold-top sandwich bag
- Polyester fiberfill
- 1/8″ ribbon
- Dark blue
- 9 mm silver split ring
- Permanent adhesive
- Doll Head and Arms (Download PDF)
- Doctor’s Shirt & Trousers (Download PDF)
- 1st Doctor’s Coat (Download PDF)
- 1st Doctor’s Accessories (Download PDF)
The first step is to make the doll head and arms. Follow the directions in the pattern.
Then it’s time to paint the face. The tricky part was deciding what color to make the eyes, since all of Hartnell’s episodes are in black and white. As far as I can tell though, I’d say his eyes are hazel or brown. I recommend using a paintbrush with a fine tip or the head of a pin to paint on the fine details.
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.
Now it’s time to sew together the waistcoat and trousers. Follow the directions in the pattern.
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.
Next, sew the collar and handkerchief that will accessorize the doll. Follow the directions 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.
Next up is the 1st Doctor’s black frock coat. Follow the directions in the pattern.
Now it’s time to add the Doctor’s accessories. The 1st Doctor sports a droopy, Victorian/Edwarian bow tie. Essentially, just tie a normal bow with long tails using 1/8″ dark blue ribbon. Glue the bow in between the ends of the collar using permanent adhesive. Next, crumple up and glue down the white handkerchief. Glue it to one of the doll’s hands. Use pins to hold the accessories in place while the glue dries.
The 1st Doctor also uses a monocle. Cut a piece of 1/8″ black ribbon that’s about 5-inches long. Fold one end of the ribbon over a 9 mm silver stop ring and glue it down with permanent adhesive. Glue both ends of the ribbon to the waist coast of the doll. You can use pins to hold it in place while the glue dries, but be careful not to puncture the bag of birdseed underneath.
The next step is to glue on the hair. Unravel the crepe wool hair and use a steamer or a hair straightener to take out the curl. The 1st Doctor has long, white, receding hair. Apply glue along the hairline of the doll. Cut off small strips of the wool, stretch them out into a 1-inch line, and stick one end into the glue. Use more glue as needed to glue down the hair. Glue on more strips of wool hair as needed to fill in the doll’s hair. After the glue has dried, use scissors to trim off any excess hair. You can also use some hair gel and hairspray to control any flyaway hairs.
And there you have it! Your very own mysterious, cantankerous, and grandfatherly 1st Doctor doll!
The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls continues tomorrow with a DIY 2nd Doctor roly-poly doll, so be sure to come back!
What’s your favorite 1st Doctor episode or moment? Let me know in the comments! I love when he hides in the dalek in “The Space Museum”. If you’ve read this far, hats off to you! You’ve got all the makings of a great companion. Now make the Doctor proud and share this post with your friends!