Only five more days until the new season of Doctor Who! Today’s The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls post focuses on the War Doctor, who made his surprise debut in “The Name of the Doctor” and played an integral role in the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor”. John Hurt’s Doctor was much more quiet and reflective than any previous (or future) incarnation. But despite his somber nature and rugged appearance, this Doctor’s ready to stand against evil and say, “No more!”
- Dark tan
- Dark brown
- Brown artificial leather (or similar)
- Red and white knitted (or similar)
- Dark tan
- Dark brown
- Light grey Mehron crepe hair
- Acrylic paint:
- Birdseed or rice
- Fold-top sandwich bag
- Polyester fiberfill
- 1/8″ ribbon
- Dark brown
- Permanent adhesive
- Bronze jewelry chain
- Small bamboo skewer
- Exacto knife or woodcarving tools
- Doll Head & Arms (Download PDF)
- Doctor’s Shirt & Trousers (Download PDF)
- War Doctor’s Coat (Download PDF)
- War 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. John Hurt’s eyes are a medium brown. 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 War Doctor has a very modern, spiky haircut–almost like a faux hawk. Apply glue along the hairline of the doll. Cut off strips of the wool, stretch them out into a 1/2-inch line, and stick one end into the glue. Use longer strips of wool toward the middle of the hairline and shorter strips towards the outside. Glue on more strips of wool as needed to fill in the hair. After the glue has dried, use scissors to trim off any excess hair. Keep the middle long and taper the cut so it’s short on the back and sides. You can use some hair gel and hairspray to control any flyaway hairs.
The War Doctor is the first incarnation to sport a beard. Making the beard is similar to making the 4th Doctor’s sideburns. Trace out the shape of the beard with permanent adhesive. Dip the ends of thin strips of wool into the glue. Once the glue has dried, trim the wool as close to the glue as possible.
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.
The War Doctor wears a faded, leather bandolier. First, sew two strips of artificial leather together following the instructions in the pattern. Then you’re going to glue down and scrunch up one of the strips at regular intervals onto the other. See the instructions in the pattern for more details. Drape the finished bandolier over the doll.
Now it’s time to sew the 8th Doctor’s coat. This one is very similar to many of the previous coats, but this time you’re going to sew patches on the back of the two front pieces. These will become the lapels when you fold and sew them back later. Follow the instructions in the pattern.
Sew the War Doctor’s red and white knitted scarf. Follow the instructions in the pattern. Tie the finished scarf around the doll’s neck.
The War Doctor uses his own unique sonic screwdriver. Carefully cut a 1 1/4-inch piece from a bamboo skewer using an exacto knife or wood carving tools. Carve the wood to look like the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. Use silver, black, and red acrylic paint to paint the screwdriver. Once the paint has dried, glue the finished sonic screwdriver in the doll’s hand.
Stitch a 5-6 inch bronze jewelry chain to the doll’s shirt like the chain of a pocket watch. I placed the first stitches underneath the left side of the coat, the second below the ends of the scarf, and the third below the right side of the coat. Allow the chain to drape a little between the stitches.
And there you have it! Your very own worn and resilient War Doctor doll that will never give up and never give in!
The countdown continues tomorrow with a new The Twelve-ish Doctor Dolls post! Up next is the 9th Doctor.
What’s your favorite War Doctor moment from the “The Day of the Doctor”? Let me know in the comments below! I think it doesn’t get much funnier than when the War Doctor meets his future selves. But I also love the final scenes with The Moment. And speaking of moments, the moment has come for you to (hopefully) share this post with your friends. For Whovians! For the Doctor! For Gallifrey!