A roly-poly 4th Doctor doll (Doctor Who).

Roly-Poly Dolls | 4th Doctor


Next up on The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls countdown is the 4th Doctor. Considered by many to be the most iconic, Tom Baker’s incarnation of the Doctor is perhaps the most alien and eclectic. Adorned with the universe’s most famous scarf and a bag of jelly babies, this roly-poly doll captures all the whimsy and eccentricity of the 4th Doctor.

 

A roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

 

Supplies:

  • Fabric
    • Beige
    • Brown tweed (or similar)
    • Grey tweed (or similar)
    • White
    • Crimson red
    • Dark brown
    • Light brown
    • Grey-blue
    • Tomato red
    • Leaf green
    • Yellow
    • Violet
  • Thread
    • Beige
    • Brown
    • Grey
    • White
    • Crimson red
    • Dark brown
    • Light brown
    • Grey-blue
    • Tomato red
    • Leaf green
    • Yellow
    • Violet
  • Medium brown Mehron crepe hair
  • Acrylic paint:
    • White
    • Black
    • Grey-blue
    • Brown
    • Pink
    • Green
    • Yellow
    • Red
    • Orange
  • Birdseed or rice
  • Fold-top sandwich bag
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • 1/8″ ribbon
    • Dark brown
  • Permanent adhesive
  • Air-dry clay

 

Patterns:

 

The fabric to make a roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

 

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. Tom Baker’s eyes seem to be a light grey-blue. I recommend using a paintbrush with a fine tip or the head of a pin to paint on the fine details.

 

Painting the face on the roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

 

Unravel the crepe wool hair and use a steamer or a hair straightener to just slightly take out the curl. The 4th Doctor has wild, curly hair and very 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 more glue as needed to glue down the hair. Glue on more strips of wool hair as needed to fill in the hair. 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, use scissors to trim off any excess hair. Trim the sideburns as short as possible. You can use some hair gel and hairspray to control any flyaway hairs.

 

Gluing the hair on the head of the roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

The head and arms for the roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

 

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.

 

Sewing the shirt and trousers for the roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

 

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:

  1. Change the stitch length on your sewing machine to the longest stitch possible.
  2. Do not back-stitch at the start or end of your line.
  3. Make sure the two lines of stitches are parallel and do not cross paths.
  4. 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.

 

Cinching the clothes around the roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

 

Next, sew the shirt and 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. Glue the finished shirt piece below the collar. Use pins to hold both in place while the glue dries.

 

Sewing and gluing the collar onto the roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

 

Then sew the Doctor’s crimson red cravat. Follow the directions in the pattern. Tie a knot in the middle of the length of fabric. Glue it between the ends of the collar using permanent adhesive. Use pins to hold the cravat in place while the glue dries.

 

Sewing and gluing the cravat onto the roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

 

Sew the 4th Doctor’s dark brown coat. Follow the directions in the pattern.

 

Sewing the coat for the roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

 

It just isn’t a 4th Doctor doll without a long, colorful scarf. This is probably the most time-consuming step, so be patient. Follow the directions in the pattern. Once you’ve mastered the process of overlapping, pinning, and sewing the sections together, things will start to go quicker. Loosely loop the finished scarf around the doll’s neck.

 

The fabric for the roly-poly 4th Doctor doll's scarf.

The colorful fabric sections for the 4th Doctor doll's scarf.

Sewing the 4th Doctor doll's scarf.

Sewing the 4th Doctor doll's scarf.

The 4th Doctor doll's scarf.

Putting the coat and scarf on the roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

 

Last but not least, top off your roly-poly 4th Doctor doll with a little bag of jelly babies. Sew a small white bag using the instructions in the pattern. Use air-dry clay to shape and create tiny, 1/4-inch jelly babies. Allow the clay to dry completely before painting them. Glue the jelly babies inside the bag using permanent adhesive. Glue the bag of jelly babies to the doll’s hand.

 

Sewing the bag for the clay Jelly Babies.

Making and painting clay Jelly Babies.

Gluing the bag of clay Jelly Babies to the hand of the roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

 

Finished! This colorful and quirky roly-poly 4th Doctor doll looks ready to take on a whole host of zygons, dispensing jelly babies all along the way.

 

A roly-poly 4th Doctor doll and a toy K-9.

Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor on Doctor Who.

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A roly-poly 4th Doctor doll.

 

Next up in the The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls is the 5th Doctor! Be sure to come back to find out how to make your own.

 

A roly-poly doll of the 4th Doctor (portrayed by Tom Baker) from Doctor Who.

 

What’s your favorite 4th Doctor episode or moment? Let me know in the comments below! There’s almost too many to choose from, but you can’t beat classics like “Genesis of the Daleks” or “The Brain of Morbius”. Share this post with your friends and fellow Whovians for a bag of virtual jelly baby!

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