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Modern vs Vintage

I was wondering how to present these ten modern paperworks I recently scanned – and I thought let’s see if I can twin them up with vintage counterparts. A sort of new versus old. Shiny versus retro. It took me a while to go through my archives looking for suitable matchups – especially anything vintage I might have with Spider-woman on it! Ultimately it was a fun exercise involving adverts and comic covers. Here are the results…  (click pics to go bigger)


Spider-woman. 2008 vs 1980.


Hulk. 2008 vs 1977.


Superman. 2013 vs 1979


Wrestling. 2008 vs 1989


G.I. Joe. 2009 vs 1988


2000 AD. 2017 vs 1988


Doctor Who. 2013 vs 1979


Playmobil. 2014 vs 1978


Lego. 2014 vs 1978


Iron Man. 2014 vs 1978

Thanks for looking 🙂

Martin Landau, George A. Romero, Jodie Whittaker

 

 

Two big screen adieus and a small screen hello, as TVTA learns that movie director George A. Romero has died aged 77. Romero is famous for bringing zombies to cinema. His celebrated budget zombie films like Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead are classics of their genre. I like Romero’s films for their simplicity, comedy, humanity and social commentary. RIP George A. Romero.

Martin Landau – one of my childhood heroes in his lead role as Commander Koenig in Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s Space 1999 TV series, has died aged 89. Landau received due recognition with a best supprting actor Oscar for his role as horror legend Bela Lugosi in the 1994 Tim Burton film Ed Wood. RIP Martin Landau.

And welcome to British actress Jodie Whittaker who has just received the key to the Tardis in her new role as the 13th Doctor in Doctor Who. Whittaker shined in the acclaimed BBC series Broadchurch. I can’t wait to see what she will offer as the latest incarnation of the Doctor. Welcome Jodie Whittaker.

Some modern Doctor Who adverts

I was supposed to start scanning pics for a retro video game post meant for later today, but became temporarily distracted by these modern Doctor Who adverts. Despite the young age of the ads, and as with many things Who, the subject matter is often rooted in the show’s past and the previous incarnations of the Tardis-dwelling Time Lord from Gallifrey.

I’m kicking off this post with an enchanting photo of one of my top-five favourite Doctors Jon pertwee as used for a 2013 Big Finish ad. 

UK. Doctor Who Magazine. 2013.


Next up is a rare treat photo session featuring five Doctors on the cover of Doctor Who Magazine!

Six Doctors, if you count the cheeky appearance of Matt Smith in the top right corner  🙂

UK. Doctor Who Magazine. 2013.


UK. Doctor Who Magazine. 2013.


UK. SFX Magazine. 2015.


UK. Doctor Who Magazine. 2013.


UK. Doctor Who Magazine. 2013.


UK. SFX Magazine. 2013.


UK. SFX Magazine. 2015.

 

Never mind the adverts… here are the toys (Pt2)

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Various Character Options. Spot the Dapol and Corgi Davros.

Welcome to our second post showcasing the toys rather than our usual toy adverts. It’s a bit belated (two years actually – told you editors rarely come back from a journey to the archives!) so enjoy while you can  🙂  You can see Pt1 here

Part two looks at the UK Character Options line of Doctor Who toys circa 2006 to present, along with its North American counterpart line Underground Toys. Special thanks to TVTA’s good friend Jay in the UK, who has helped to keep a steady flow of Doctor Who goodies coming this side of the Channel where the toys are scarce.

I’ll begin with the fourth Doctor’s companion, Sevateem tribeswoman Leela played by actress Louise Jameson in the TV series – one of my favourite companions and given great justice here with this action figure from Underground Toys.


Leela.

Leela


River and Leela.

River Song and Leela


Seventh Doctor with Dalek (from Remembrance of the Daleks)

Seventh Doctor with ‘Renegade’ Dalek (from Remembrance of the Daleks) by Character Options


Dalek, Ace and the seventh Doctor (from Remembrance of the Daleks).

Renegade Dalek, Ace and the seventh Doctor (from Remembrance of the Daleks)


Ace.

Ace (from Remembrance of the Daleks)


Radio Controlled Davros. Corgi Bessie/Tardis/K9. Radio Controlled Dalek Battle Pack. Flight Control Tardis.

Radio Controlled Davros. Corgi Bessie/Tardis/K9. Radio Controlled Dalek Battle Pack. Flight Control Tardis


Dalek Strategist and The Ark in Space DVD

Dalek Strategist and The Ark in Space DVD


Dalek Scientist.

Dalek Scientist


The Master

The Master from ‘The Deadly Assassin’


The Pyramids of Mars Mummy Robot and 'Mars Collectors' Set'.

The Pyramids of Mars ‘Mummy Robot’ and ‘Mars Collectors’ Set’


Pyramids of Mars.

Pyramids of Mars


Tenth Doctor, Werewolf, Witch and Cyberman

Tenth Doctor, Werewolf, Lilith and Cyberman


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Eigth Doctor

Eighth Doctor


Twelfth Doctor

Twelfth Doctor


Eleventh Doctor

Eleventh Doctor with Tardis


First wave and Series 1 MOC

First wave and Series 1 MOC


Daleks, Davroses and an Ewok

Daleks, x2 Davros and, erm, an Ewok…


Moxx and a Gelth Zombie

Moxx and a Gelth Zombie


3.75 inch series Cyberman and Dalek

3.75 inch series Cyberman and Dalek


… and to conclude this post, here is a 2007 UK advert showing the Judoon Trooper sound FX helmet and series 3 action figures from Character Options. Thanks for looking.

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UK. DW Adventures. 2007.


 

Retro toys in Coventry part two: the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

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This is part two of my two-parter featuring retro toys exhibited at the Coventry Transport Museum and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in the city of Coventry, West Midlands, UK.

Part one is Here

Part two is a selection of photos from the exhibition The Story of Children’s Television from 1946 to Today and features toys, models and props from popular UK television children’s television shows. Many of the characters pictured below will be instantly recognisable even if you didn’t grow up watching them on the box. The whole exhibition, for me, was a huge treat, but probably my favourites were the Gerry Anderson puppets, Play School, the Clangers, Doctor Who, Grange Hill and the animation cels.

 

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Muffin the Mule.

 

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Sooty and Noddy.

 

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What’s up doc…

 

TV toys 07a

Andy Pandy.

 

TV toys 07b

Isabel.

 

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Camberwick Green and Mary, Mungo and Midge.

 

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Basil Brush and Wacky Races.

 

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Play School.

 

TV toys 09b

Little Ted and Humpty from Play School.

 

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Blue Peter.

 

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Characters from Thunderbirds.

 

TV toys 13 Col White a Capt scarlet mysterons

Colonel White from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.

 

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Doctor Who.

 

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Mr. Spoon from Button Moon.

 

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Morph.

 

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Kermit and Ivor the Engine.

 

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Toad from Wind in the Willows and Big Ears from Noddy’s Toyland Adventures.

 

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Camberwick Green characters and Uncle Bulgaria of the Wombles.

 

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The Wombles.

 

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The Clangers.

 

TV toys 21a

Grange Hill.

 

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Pob.

 

TV toys 23a

Rosie and Jim.

 

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The Teletubbies.

 

Brum.

Brum.

 

Roobarb animation cel.

Roobarb animation cel.

 

Mr Ben animation cel.

Mr Benn animation cel.

 

Fred Flintstone animation cel.

Fred Flintstone animation cel.

 

Dick Dastardly, Muttley and the Mean Machine animation cel.

Dick Dastardly, Muttley and the Mean Machine animation cel.

 

 

DOCTOR WHO 1970s and 1980s merchandise Adverts

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Since 1963 Doctor Who has been thrilling TV audiences with its adventures of the time travelling Time Lord and his companions. The show is produced by the BBC and originally aired from 1963 to 1989. 1996 saw a televison film but a failure to embark on a new series. Fast forward to 2005 when the series was finally relaunched with Christopher Eccleston taking the role of the (9th) Doctor. The series continues to run to date.

Here’s my collection of Who adverts featuring books, clothing, comics, toys and games and other DW goodies.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1980.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1984.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.


US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1985.

UK. Doctor Who The Tenth Season Files Magazine Spotlight. 1986.


UK. Spider-man. 1983.

UK. Spider-man. 1983.


UK. ROTJ.1984.

UK. ROTJ.1984.


US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1985.


US. Starlog. 1984.

US. Starlog. 1984.


UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.


UK. ROTJ. 1984.

UK. ROTJ. 1984.


US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1985.


UK. Star Wars Weekly N° 96. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly N° 96. 1979.


Star Wars Weekly comic No 89 1979 Doctor Who Marvel wm

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.


US. Star Wars. 1986.

US. Star Wars. 1986.


Artwork piece: The Doctor and his many foes - from Starlog 37, 1980.

The Doctor and his many foes – from Starlog 37, 1980.


updated Aug 2017 with new images.