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FANCY your own life-sized Doctor Who Tardis? That'll be £2,995 please!

As Matt Smith, 27 (below) showed that he was the man to fill David Tennant's time travelling shoes, sales of Doctor Who memorabilia are booming.

And fans of the hit BBC show can now get their hands on just about everything from the Doctor's police box to bang-up-to-ate, full-sized Daleks.

Here JAMES MOORE reveals how Doctor Who collectables are raking in the cash.

How to buy a Tardis: Former defence electronics expert Ian Clarke makes Doctor Who memorabilia to order.

Proud Ian, who has sold scores of Daleks, priced from £1,895, says:

"They are the ultimate toy - and people find them impressive."

He adds: "They are very popular with celebrities. Harry Hill and Liam from The Prodigy both bought one."

You can also buy a replica Tardis from his Staffs-based firm This Planet Earth, which is licensed by the BBC.

Ian adds: "One couple bought a Tardis as a changing room for their swimming pool and someone else bought another one to use as a shower room." See Under the hammer: Doctor Who gear brings big bucks at auction. Top auctioneer Bonhams raised a whopping £250,000 from a Doctor sale.

Even a battered 25-year-old Dalek made £20,400 while a better one has previously fetched £36,000.

A Cyberman made £9,600 - five times the estimate.

Items linked to show stars come with high price tags too. The waitress outfit with kneehigh boots worn by Kylie Minogue, when she starred in the 2007 Christmas Special, sold for £3,120.

In the shops: Alexandra Looseley-Saul, who runs The Who Shop in East London, says: "Despite the recession we've gone from strength to strength.

In hard times people escape to nostalgia and fantasy.

"One of our hottest items is a replica of David Tennant's brown trench coat which we sell for £350."

High Street stores are also cashing in with everything from sonic screwdrivers to Doctor Who Easter eggs.

What's in your attic? Since Doctor Who hit our screens in 1963 an incredible 3,500 items of merchandise have been sold. And they can now raise a tidy sum.

A Dalek playsuit from the 1960s in its box can make £5,000. Costumes can sell for around £25,000.

Alexandra, who owns an original Tardis worth £50,000, says current Doctor Who items could be a great investment.

She adds: "Anything that's ever been used as a prop on screen could be worth a lot in the future. I'd love to get my hands on one of the Daleks in the new show - and we'll probably be doing a replica of Matt Smith's tweed jacket for the fans."

GRAPHIC: PRICELESS: Matt Smith in the new incarnation of the Doctor with his sidekick Amy Pond, played by Scot Karen Gillan, above

TIME'S UP: Doctor gear coins it

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