Just 11 days until Doctor Who series 10! Next up in the The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls is the 3rd Doctor. Jon Pertwee’s suave and charismatic take on the Doctor certainly brought a kick of action and grandeur to the show. Complete with frills and an elegant Inverness cape, this roly-poly 3rd Doctor doll makes quite the dapper doppelganger.
- Light grey Mehron crepe hair
- Acrylic paint:
- Light blue
- Birdseed or rice
- Fold-top sandwich bag
- Polyester fiberfill
- 1/8″ ribbon
- White lace trim
- Permanent adhesive
- Small bamboo skewer
- Exacto knife or woodcarving tools
- Doll Head & Arms (Download PDF)
- Doctor’s Shirt & Trousers (Download PDF)
- 3rd Doctor’s Inverness Cape (Download PDF)
- 3rd 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. I went with a light blue for Jon Pertwee’s eyes. I recommend using a paintbrush with a fine tip or the head of a pin to paint on the fine details.
Unlike the last two dolls, I decided to add the hair now rather than wait until the end. This way you don’t have to worry about cleaning all the little hairs off the doll’s clothes when you trim it at the end. Unravel the crepe wool hair and use a steamer or a hair straightener to slightly take out the curl. The 3rd Doctor has a curly, bouffant hairstyle, so you don’t want to iron out all of the curl. 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. Glue on more strips of wool hair as needed to fill in the 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.
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. Then it’s time to sew together the waistcoat and trousers. Follow the directions in the pattern. Unlike the last two dolls, you’re going to sew lace trimming on the inside of the sleeves before sewing everything together.
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 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.
Now it’s time to sew the suit lapels and the rest of the 3rd Doctor’s white shirt. Follow the directions in the pattern. Just like with the shirt sleeves, you’re going to sew white lace trim along the edges of the shirt piece. See the photos below. Glue the lapel piece just below the collar using permanent adhesive. Glue the lace-lined shirt piece on top of that. Use pins to hold both pieces in place while the glue dries.
Now it’s time to sew the 3rd Doctor’s Inverness cape. This coat is very different from the last two, so be sure to carefully follow the directions in the pattern.
The 3rd Doctor was the first to start regularly using a very distinct sonic screwdriver, so that’s what I decided to accessories his doll with. Carefully cut off a 1 1/4-inch piece from the bamboo skewer using an exacto knife or woodcarving tools. Carve the wood to look like the body of the 3rd Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. I then cut off a small slice of the bamboo skewer and glued it on top. You could also use air-dry clay to make the disc that goes on top of the screwdriver. Use silver, black, white, red, and yellow paint to paint the sonic screwdriver. Glue the finished product in the doll’s hand.
And presto–your very own dashing and charming 3rd Doctor doll!
Tomorrow’s The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls post will show you how to make your very own roly-poly 4th Doctor doll. You won’t want to miss that!
What’s your favorite 3rd Doctor episode or moment? Let me know in the comments below! For me it’s a tie between “Inferno” and “The Mind of Evil”. Did you know you could reverse the polarity of the neutron flow simply by sharing this post with your friends? Go ahead and try it yourself!