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Doctor Who Night in Seattle: MONSTERS AND VILLAINS



"Aim for the eyepiece!"

When I found out The Mercury in Seattle was having a Doctor Who night for Halloween this year -- the combination of my favorite club, my favorite show, and my favorite holiday was all too much to resist. I volunteered to be on the decorating committee and frankly, I went a little nuts with it. That's me in the UNIT uniform in the picture above, defending the patrons of the club from a Dalek attack.

I built the gold Dalek -- details about that below. The black Dalek to my left was a piñata, and it was cheerfully exterminated at midnight. More pictures from the event can be found here, here, and here. (Click on any of the pictures below to be taken to the page I found them on.) You should definitely check those out, if you haven't seen them already -- there's a ton of great costumes.

And oh, believe me, there's more decorations.

We decided the back room was going to be our Cybermen conversion chamber, so the walls were covered in plastic sheeting and caution tape. My main contribution here was this overhead set of conversion tools:

   

The center piece is a large plastic laundry tub with the bottom of it cut off, and these weird combined paper-plate/plastic-cup holders I found in a thrift store. The rounded "arms" are Hot Wheels toy car tracks. The other arm is a couple of different sets of broken toy parts, and a large plastic "gear" from what I think was a jewelry display stand -- there's a detail shot of it on the right. Another arm has kind of grabby-helmet-y piece on the end -- someone that night pointed out to me that it would make a good chameleon arch, too. It's another toy found at a thrift store, and there's a better picture of it below. The Cyberman face-plate on the third arm is an Iron Man mask, with the squinty eye-holes cut out into large circles. The whole thing was lashed together with wire and spray-painted silver.

   

The conversion process. Don't look, it's horrible.

And here's the terrifying result, along with the Cybermen's rival, a Dalek:

   

The Cyberwoman torso was easy to make -- a wall-mounted half-mannequin I had lying around from a clothing store that went out of business, a little bit of plastic tubing (thrift store again), and the plastic packaging a touch-light came in. The head starts with a foam wig stand for a base, wrapped in a cut-open two-liter plastic bottle, and capped with another touch-light package. The vertical pieces on the sides are more toy parts, and the tubing is a plastic cable-protector with a thick piece of metal wire in the middle, bent to keep it in shape. The faceplate was a picture of the actual Cybermen masks, printed out onto silver cardstock. (I didn't find the Iron Man masks until days after this was built, or I probably would have used one of those here, as well.)
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The Dalek dome is a large clear plastic dome from Display & Costume, trimmed down to flatten it out. The "lights" are plastic water bottles set into PVC pipe caps. The curved piece of detailing over the front of the dome was a paper tray from a printer. The eye-stalk was two plastic salt-shakers and some kind of black-and-blue plastic knob, with a metal tube run down the center of it all.

The "grill" is from a used HEPA filter. The "torso" is another plastic laundry tub -- the detailing on the back is packaging from Bionicles sets, and the two base mounts in the front are some kind of ventilation hose connectors from Home Depot. The plunger is -- well, guess. :) The gun is the center of a paint roller.

The Dalek "skirt" is a single large piece of cardboard, cut into shape based on these papercraft instructions. The domes were plastic bowls, taped into place. They did not want to stay up, and in fact the whole cardboard skirt just didn't want to support the weight of the upper section -- the whole things kept slowly tipping over drunkenly all night until I gave up, set the upper section on a nearby unused table, and just tossed the bottom section in a dumpster. At least we got some pictures first.

   

Finally, something super-simple -- a few minutes in Photoshop and a quick trip to Office Max to use their large document printer got me these huge "VOTE SAXON" posters (about three feet by five feet!), just in time for the election. Last I heard, the club left those up after the party, which must have confused the non-Whovian portion of their clientele over the weekend.

And that's only the half of it.

Tomorrow: The TARDIS

Tags: cybermen, daleks, decorating, master, parties, props
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