You may never get the chance to own a working TARDIS in your lifetime, but for about $200 to $350 Doctor Who fans can own something nearly as iconic: the cream-colored Converse sneakers favored by Tenth Doctor David Tennant. On the morning of May 30, 2019, England's Ewbank's Auctions will begin auctioning off hundreds of television and movie props, including a well-curated collection of Doctor Who memorabilia.
Here's the rub: the sneakers in question aren't the ones that The Doctor himself wore; they were worn by his stunt double. The reason? The kicks that Tennant sported in the show were his very own. In fact, in late 2018, the 48-year-old actor—who will next be seen in Amazon's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Good Omens later this month—shared how he had to fight for his preferred footwear.
While speaking at PaleyFest in New York City in October 2018, Tennant shared how his version of the Time Lord's outfit came to be.
"I had these really old, battered, cream-colored Converse shoes that I brought in and I said, 'I want to wear these.' And people didn't like that idea," Tennant said. The costume department favored a pair of boots, but the actor was determined. "'They're beautiful boots,'" he told the producers, "'But I want to wear these crappy old trainers." Eventually, he got his way—and the rest is history.
The sneakers aren't the only piece of Doctor Who history up for sale. An original guard blaster from 1987's "Dragonfire" serial, which was later used in "Red Dwarf," is expected to fetch at least $250 to $500, while an original script binder from 1984's "Resurrection of The Daleks"—filled with handwritten notes and sketches—will likely sell for at least $200.
Visit Ewbank's website to see the full catalog, and register to bid online.