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Jul 19, 2017, 02:01 am Last Edit: May 06, 2019, 03:22 am by warmcanofcoke
Thordon CD phaser

Mindwarp 1986 7B Season 23 Story 145

Twenty fourth century, last quarter, fourth year, seventh month, third day.
QuoteHero light up Thordon CD phaser - Mindwarp

An original phaser prop used in the production of the long running BBC television series Doctor Who.

From the Trial of a Time Lord season serial Mindwarp starring Colin Baker as The Doctor this is the original Thordon CD phaser used by The Doctor in the cave scenes as he does battle with the creature and can be screen matched to that sequence. Peter Wragg's handwritten visual effects notes for this story dated 30/04/86 show that 12 phasers were planned to be made by his visual effects team, 6 hero light up versions and 6 non practical versions.

This hero light up version of the futuristic prop was built by visual effects designer Paul McGuinness, constructed largely from fibreglass the prop lights via a scrolling thumb switch located on the side of the body, this lighting function remains in working order to this day.

The phaser measures approximately 10" long and remains in good screen used condition with some wear from production use.

A fantastic example of an operational hand prop from this cult television series.

why doesn't the Guide mention them? - Oh, it's not very accurate.
Oh? - I'm researching the new edition.


Jun 12, 2019, 05:02 pm #1 Last Edit: Jun 12, 2019, 05:03 pm by elkad
Looking a some close up shots, I find that this prop had more acrylic buttons. Old props tend to fall apart after a wile.
Can anyone find a better close up, maybe a frame after the the Doctor presses the button that liquefies the rock.



Looks like an ice-scraper on front