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WETA model makers are turning their talents from crafting orcs and satyrs to the daleks and cybermen of the cult sci-fi television series Doctor Who.

Wellington's Weta Limited is creating a line of collectible statues inspired by the show, which follows a mysterious time-travelling character known as "The Doctor".

In collaboration with BBC Worldwide, Weta has produced four pieces, each capturing a memorable moment from the long-running television series.

The design of the polystone sculptures is being kept strictly under wraps till their international launch at the San Diego Comic Con next week.

They were created by Weta sculptors Ben Hawker, Dan Cockersell, Eden Small and Gary Hunt, and Weta model maker David Tremont, who has been a Doctor Who fan since he first started watching it in the 1960s.

"The images scared the heck out of me as a child, but at the same time they were so fascinating, too.

"I really learned the meaning of 'watching from behind the couch'," Mr Tremont said.

"In fact it was the Doctor Who series, amongst others, that inspired me to get into model making in the first place."

It was a unique, exciting story that pushed the boundaries of television drama, he said.

"Who else could have thought of travelling time in a phone box?"

There have been more than 600 episodes of Doctor Who since it began in 1963, and two television movies.

Weta has previously made collectibles for The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Muppet Show, Superman Returns and King Kong.


Brief history of time travel

  • Doctor Who is listed in the Guinness World Records as the world's longest-running science fiction television series.
  • It began in November 1963, the day after John F Kennedy was assassinated, and was relaunched in 2005, produced by BBC Wales in Cardiff.
  • 10 actors have played the time-travelling doctor. The latest is Scotsman David Tennant, who replaced Christopher Eccleston.
  • He travels in a police box known as the Tardis -- Time and Relative Dimensions in Space.
  • Pop singer Kylie Minogue will make a guest appearance in a Doctor Who Christmas special screening in Britain later this year.
  • Series three of the current Doctor Who attracted about 7.5 million viewers on average in Britain this year.
  • Series three begins in New Zealand on Prime next month.

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Long fascination: Weta model maker David Tremont has been a Doctor Who fan since he first started watching it in the 1960s. 'The images scared the heck out of me as a child, but at the same time they were so fascinating.'

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