Another day closer to the start of Doctor Who series 10 and another new doll on The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls. This time it’s a doll inspired by the 8th Doctor, who featured in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie. Paul McGann’s incarnation of the Doctor was enthusiastic, charming, and romantic. Simple to make, this stylish 8th Doctor doll looks ready to take on the likes of the Master.
- Dark green velvet (or similar)
- Brown with fancy pattern (or similar)
- Dark green
- Medium brown Mehron crepe hair
- Acrylic paint:
- Dark brown
- Birdseed or rice
- Fold-top sandwich bag
- Polyester fiberfill
- 1/8″ ribbon
- Dark Brown
- Permanent adhesive
- Air-dry clay
- Silver jewelry chain
- Doll Head & Arms (Download PDF)
- Doctor’s Shirt & Trousers (Download PDF)
- 8th Doctor’s Coat (Download PDF)
- 8th 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 Paul McGann’s eye’s seem to be a blue-green color, so that’s what I went for. 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 slightly take out the curl. The 8th Doctor has collar-length hair with loose curls. Like the rest of his style, his hair has a very Victorian/steampunk vibe. 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.
Then it’s time to sew together the waistcoat and trousers. Follow the directions in the pattern. I went for a velvety brown fabric with an ornate pattern, but use whatever other fancy silky or embroidered fabric you can find. 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.
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.
Sew and glue on the shirt and collar just like you have for many of the previous dolls. Follow the directions in the pattern. Then sew and glue on the 8th Doctor’s grey cravat using the instructions in the pattern.
Now it’s time to sew the 8th Doctor’s coat. This one is different from any of the previous coats, so follow the instructions in the pattern. Unlike with the other coats, this time you’re going to sew the lapels separately and glue them on at the end.
Use air-dry clay to make a small, circular disc around a 5-6 inch silver chain. This will serve as the Doctor’s pocket watch. Allow the clay to dry completely before painting it to look like a watch. Once the paint has dried, glue the watch in the doll’s hand and stitch the chain to the doll’s waistcoat. I stitched the middle of the chain just below the cravat and the end underneath the coat.
Stick a pin in the cravat, making sure not to puncture the bag of birdseed, and then you’re done! Now you have your very own exuberant and magical 8th Doctor doll.
Next on The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls is an adorable, roly-poly War Doctor doll! Come back tomorrow to see how to make it!
What’s your favorite 8th Doctor moments? Let me know in the comments below! I think “The Night of the Doctor” was probably the 8th Doctor’s defining moment. The Doctor knows there are a couple things you should always do in life. First, never turn down tea if it’s offered. It’s impolite, and that’s how wars start. Second, you should always share Doctor Who posts with your friends on social media. It’s common sense, really.