A roly-poly 7th Doctor doll (Doctor Who).

Roly-Poly Dolls | 7th Doctor


Just one more week until the start of Doctor Who series 10! And we’re rolling on with The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls. Today we turn our attention to the 7th Doctor. Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor was an affable chap whose bumbling nature was often used to disguise his sharp, calculating intelligence. With a dashing Panama hat and his famous umbrella, this 7th Doctor doll is just as eccentric and astute as his inspiration.

 

A roly-poly 7th Doctor Doll.

 

Supplies:

  • Fabric
    • Beige
    • White
    • Mustard yellow
    • Light tan/off-white (or similar)
    • Brown tweed (or similar)
    • Red paisley (or similar)
  • Thread
    • Beige
    • White
    • Mustard yellow
    • Light tan/off-white
    • Brown
    • Red
  • Dark brown Mehron crepe hair
  • Acrylic paint:
    • White
    • Black
    • Dark brown
    • Light blue
    • Red
    • Silver
  • Birdseed or rice
  • Fold-top sandwich bag
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • 1/8″ ribbon
    • Dark brown
    • Light blue
  • Permanent adhesive
  • 3″ straw doll hat
  • Air-dry clay
  • Paper drink umbrella
  • Fabric markers

 

Patterns:

 

The fabric to make a roly-poly 7th 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. Like most of the other Doctor’s, Sylvster McCoy’s are a light or cornflower 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 7th Doctor doll.

 

Unravel the crepe wool hair and use a steamer or a hair straightener to just slightly take out the curl. The 7th Doctor’s curly, messy hair is often hidden under a Panama hat. I basically did the same style I did for the 3rd and 6th Doctors but cut it 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. 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.

 

Gluing the hair on the roly-poly 7th Doctor doll.

Gluing the hair on the roly-poly 7th Doctor doll.

 

For some reason craft stores don’t carry mustard yellow fabric with a blue chevron and red question mark pattern. Go figure! That means it’s time to pull out the fabric markers again. Use a light blue fabric marker for the chevron. Each little “V” in the chevron pattern is 1/2-inch wide and 1/2-inch tall. I recommend measuring it out beforehand and placing a dot at each point along the pattern. Once you’ve done that, take a red fabric marker and fill the pattern in with red question marks.

 

Drawing the blue chevron stripes onto the fabric for the roly-poly 7th Doctor doll's jumper.

Drawing the red question marks onto the fabric for the roly-poly 7th Doctor doll's jumper.

 

Then it’s time to 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. 

 

Sewing the shirt and trousers for the roly-poly 7th 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 7th Doctor doll.

The base for the roly-poly 7th Doctor doll.

 

Now it’s time to sew the shirt and collar. Follow the directions in the pattern. Similar to the 5th Doctor doll, you’re going to sew 1/8″ blue ribbon on both sides of the shirt piece. Glue the shirt to the doll before gluing 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 both in place while the glue dries.

 

Gluing the collar on the roly-poly 7th Doctor doll.

 

Next, sew the Doctor’s red paisley tie. Follow the instructions in the pattern. Glue the tie between the ends of the collar.

 

Sewing and gluing the tie on the roly-poly 7th Doctor doll.

 

Sew the 7th Doctor’s coat. Follow the instructions in the pattern. After the 6th Doctor’s coat, this should be downright easy!

 

Sewing the coat for the roly-poly 7th Doctor doll.

 

Next, sew the 7th Doctor’ scarf using the same fabric you used to make the necktie. Follow the instructions in the pattern. Drape the finished scarf around the doll’s neck and under the lapels of the coat.

 

Sewing the scarf for the roly-poly 7th Doctor doll.

 

The hat I bought for the doll and linked in the supplies doesn’t come in white, so you’ll need to paint it white first. Sew the red paisley band that will go around the hat using the instructions in the pattern. Once the paint dries, glue the band around the brim of the hat using permanent adhesive.

 

Sewing the band of fabric that goes around the hat of the roly-poly 7th Doctor doll.

 

Mold air-dry clay into a question mark around the wooden handle of a paper drink umbrella. Once the clay dries, paint the handle and top red, the canopy black, and the ends of the ribs silver. Allow the paint to dry before gluing the umbrella in the doll’s hand.

 

Painting the umbrella for the roly-poly 7th Doctor doll.

 

And that’s your 7th Doctor doll done. And just like 7th Doctor, this little roly-poly doll is delightfully charming and whimsical!

 

A roly-poly 7th Doctor doll.

Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor on Doctor Who.

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A roly-poly 7th Doctor doll.

 

Tomorrow’s The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls post is a fun DIY 8th Doctor doll, so be sure to come back.

 

A roly-poly doll of the 7th Doctor (portrayed by Sylvester McCoy) from Doctor Who.

 

What’s your favorite 7th Doctor episode or moment? Let me know in the comments below! Mine is “Paradise Towers”. Purely because it has a killer “robot”/glorified pool toy. Now, it’s decision time. Will you share this post on social media or not? Every great decision creates ripples, you know? Like a huge boulder dropping in a lake. Go ahead and make some waves by sharing this post with your friends!

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