Today’s The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls post is inspired by the the first Doctor of the “modern” series: the 9th Doctor. Christopher Eccleston brought a sense of weight and mystery that the rebooted program vitally needed. His doctor could be brusque and distant but also brilliantly sarcastic and witty. Out of all the Doctor-inspired dolls, this is the easiest to make. Yet for all its simplicity, this doll wonderfully captures all the charm of the 9th Doctor.
- Black artificial leather (or similar)
- Dark brown Mehron crepe hair
- Acrylic paint:
- Light blue
- Birdseed or rice
- Fold-top sandwich bag
- Polyester fiberfill
- 1/8″ ribbon
- Permanent adhesive
- Doll Head & Arms (Download PDF)
- Doctor’s Shirt & Trousers (Download PDF)
- 9th Doctor’s Coat (Download PDF)
- 9th 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. Eccleston’s eyes seem to be a light, watery blue. 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. The 9th Doctor has short hair with a very distinctive hairline. 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. Glue on more strips of wool hair as needed to fill in the hair. After the glue has dried, use scissors to trim the hair as close to the glue as possible, similar to how you trimmed the 4th Doctor’s sideburns and War Doctor’s beard.
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.
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 the 9th Doctor’s black leather coat. This pattern is the same pattern used to make the War Doctor’s coat. Follow the instructions in the pattern.
Now it’s time to sew the Doctor’s trusty psychic paper. This is made of three separate pieces that are then sewn and glued together. Follow the instructions in the pattern. Glue the finished psychic paper to the doll’s hand.
See, I told you it was simple. This sleek and enigmatic 9th Doctor doll will look fantastic next to all the other Doctor dolls!
Tomorrow’s The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls post is a DIY 10th Doctor doll! You won’t want to miss that!
What’s your favorite 9th Doctor episode or moment? Let me know in the comments below! “The Empty Child” and “The Doctor Dances” were the episodes that got me hooked on Doctor Who. I just wanted to say that you, yes you out there reading this, are truly fantastic. Seriously, those of you who have been kind enough to take the time to read and share these posts are true friends. Thank you! If you feel so inclined, please share this post with your friends too. And I hope you enjoy the last three The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls posts I have in store!