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Started by fivefingeredstyre, Sep 05, 2018, 10:46 pm

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fivefingeredstyre

Sep 05, 2018, 10:46 pm Last Edit: Sep 07, 2018, 08:00 pm by Scarfwearer
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Looks quite "period" Brachaki, with the exception of the lintel sign. Any ideas where this box comes from?

deafeningsilence

I think it IS the Brachacki with different (possibly Newberry) signs. The old ones would be.....somewhere else, I'd hazard a guess. Probably a refurb or something.

ThymeLorde

Well, if this really was Christmas 1974, then this would be well before the Newbery prop was built. Hell, Tom Baker hadn't even officially started his run as the Doctor yet.

Quite interesting indeed. Maybe Tony Farrell could shed some light on this?
"An apple a day keeps the... no, never mind."

deafeningsilence

But what's interesting is, these do LOOK like the Newbury signs, with the bold font and general hand painted look.

russellsuthern

The most interesting thing is the mag cost only 13p  :o!!!!!

Talk about galloping inflation!!!


Russ

tony farrell

Sep 06, 2018, 09:47 am #5 Last Edit: Sep 06, 2018, 09:53 am by Tony Farrell
Quote from: ThymeLorde on Sep 06, 2018, 01:23 am
Well, if this really was Christmas 1974, then this would be well before the Newbery prop was built. Hell, Tom Baker hadn't even officially started his run as the Doctor yet.

Quite interesting indeed. Maybe Tony Farrell could shed some light on this?


Yep, it is genuine - as a teenager, I had a copy and 13 "new pence" was indeed the cover price!

The actual photo hails from The Invasion of the Dinosaurs (note Jon's new blue velvet jacket - the only time he wore it) and - by coincidence - this story marks one of the periodic repaints that the Brachacki prop received. Whilst the front sign-box's lettering has indeed been altered by the publishers of the magazine/comic, the brightness of the side sign-box's lettering is genuine as these instructions to the prop repairers/painters testify:

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(Picture courtesy of Richard Bignell.)

(It's interesting to also note the instruction to replace the last remaining original window 'panes' that had survived from the 1966 rebuild of the Tardis.)

Thanks for sharing Steve - this brought back memories!

T

fivefingeredstyre

Cheers Tony

I thought the front sign had been touched up by Polystyle.

I was guessing this was around Invasion of the Dinosaurs, as it looks like it was taken in the classroom set.

Be lovely if the original picture could be found...

tony farrell

Well, I can't help with the original picture but, here is a better copy:

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(For fact fans, it was published in June 1974 - so, just in time for the summer holidays - was 48 pages and was the second of three such specials.)

T

darren79

What a great shot.

It would be wonderful if the high quality original turned up.

They can't have touched the back doors as they're in a pretty bad way judging from photographs of Planet of the Spiders.

classic who

Polystyle took a number of photos during the making of Invasion of the Dinosaurs, several specially posed ones were used in a text story called Signal SOS that featured in the 1974 TV Comic Holiday Special.

Sadly none of The TARDIS though!