Dalek collector exterminates records

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A complete non-Doctor Who fan has zapped his way into the Guinness Book of Records by owning more Dalek souvenirs and models than anyone else. Well, anyone else who's prepared to come out and admit it. Rob Hull (49) has 571 Daleks, having started collecting seriously when he was 29 but claims not to be a fan of the series particularly.

Hull will feature in the next edition of the famous record book, featuring his collection of replica meanies from the planet Skaro - not, mind you, that he'd need to know the name of the planet, not being a fan and all that.

He has a life sized model (1.8m) and numerous others. He has models of their creator, Davros, as well. He told ITN that he started after seeing one in a shop and not being allowed to have it, so he started collecting (Daleks, aged 29, not being a Doctor Who fan, you haven't misunderstood).

Other collectables


There are many collectables connected to Doctor Who, although middle-aged fans who kept their souvenirs from the early series have been disappointed to find that a new generation of collectors aren't all that worried about the programme pre-21st century. Those pristine annuals with Tom Baker on the cover rarely break the £10 mark on eBay; more recent ones go for even less.

Second incumbent Patrick Troughton's annuals fare better as collectables, breaking the £50 mark more often than not because although people who were kids then tell you it was some sort of golden age, the amount of merchandise and the ratings tell you it just wasn't as popular as it had been and became again. Ironically the William Hartnell books (first two annuals) are much more common, and the first is very easy to come by very cheaply since several unopened boxes of them were discovered in the 1980s in a warehouse.

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The rarest is the first Jon Pertwee annual, distinguished by having an art cover rather than a photo; it wasn't clear that he was going to be a success or that the series would continue so the publisher printed only a handful. It's been known to break three figures, whereas the remainder of the Pertwees go for around a tenner.

Perhaps oddly the most expensive souvenirs you can get are available from Doctor Who exhibitions up and down the country; signed pictures of Matt Smith or David Tennant change hands for hundreds. At least that's what the label says on the wall. I've never seen anyone actually pay that much for a signature of someone who's alive and if you met them and asked politely would probably be only too happy to sign for nothing.

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