The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls continues with a roly-poly 5th Doctor doll. Peter Davison’s genial incarnation of the Doctor explored the sensitivity and vulnerability of the famed Time Lord. But don’t let his easygoing nature fool you. Armed with a cricket ball and a decorative stick of celery, this 5th Doctor doll is ready to take on any baddie in the universe.
- Thin, red-striped (or similar)
- Blonde Mehron crepe hair
- Acrylic paint:
- Cornflower blue
- Tan or beige
- Birdseed or rice
- Fold-top sandwich bag
- Polyester fiberfill
- 1/8″ ribbon
- Permanent adhesive
- Air-dry clay
- Red fabric marker
- Doll Head & Arms (Download PDF)
- Doctor’s Shirt & Trousers (Download PDF)
- 5th Doctor’s Coat (Download PDF)
- 5th 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 for a cornflower shade of blue for Peter Davison’s eyes. I recommend using a paintbrush with a fine tip or the head of a pin to paint on the fine details.
Unravel the crepe wool hair and use a steamer or a hair straightener to take out the curl. Unlike his last two predecessors, the 5th Doctor has straight hair parted to the side. In hindsight, the blonde crepe wool hair I used may have been a shade to light, but let’s just say the Doctor’s been to a particularly sunny planet that’s left his hair a bit bleached. 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 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.
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 Doctor’s white shirt. Follow the directions in the pattern. Unlike the previous shirts, you’re going to sew 1/8″ red ribbon along the left and right edges of this one. Glue the finished shirt piece to the doll.
Now sew the collar of the shirt. 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 it in place while the glue dries. I then used a fine-tip red fabric marker to draw the famous question marks on the ends of the collar.
Sew the 5th Doctor’s coat. Follow the instructions in the pattern. Sew 1/8″ red ribbon around the sleeves and along the edges of the lapels.
Use air-dry clay to make a tiny cricket ball and a stick of celery. Allow the clay to dry completely before painting them. Glue the finished cricket ball and celery to the doll’s hand and coat lapel.
The good-natured 5th Doctor makes quite a charming little doll. I mean have you ever seen a cuter stick of celery?
Tomorrow’s The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls post will feature the 6th Doctor. I can’t wait to show you how amazing his costume turned out!
What’s your favorite 5th Doctor episode or moment? Let me know in the comments below! I’m going to say “The Five Doctors” because it’s great to so many old faces again. It’s a well-known fact that sharing this post with your friends has the health benefits of over 100 sticks of celery. Quite useful, especially if you’re allergic to certain gases in the Praxis range.