A Beastie-Size Tardis! CrawCrafts Beasties

Knock knock! Who’s There?

– Doctor.
– Doctor who?
– Exactly!
Aaah, they say the old jokes are the best… but perhaps that one might be the exception to the rule!

That said, the new Beastie I’d like to introduce to you today ties in quite well with the retelling of a corny old joke. The character he’s based on is known for his ability to regenerate and reappear as essentially the same person… albeit in a different body, with different personality traits. And even the tales of his adventures have made a comeback and evolved in recent years, creating a whole new army of fans!
It's Another Doctor Who Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesYes, you’ve guessed it – it’s Doctor Who Beastie!

Some of you might remember that I already made a Doctor Who Beastie, back in December 2015… But given the original Time Lord’s continuing popularity, I figured it was only a matter of time before I was asked to “regenerate” Doctor Who Beastie!

Of course, in keeping with the tradition of Doctor Who’s various distinct regenerations, and the fact that all Beasties are unique, there have been some subtle changes between this Beastie and his previous incarnation…
The Changing Face of Dr Who Beastie - CrawCrafts BeastiesAs you can see, his complexion has changed to a bright sunny yellow, and he’s clearly visiting a different dentist! But his tailor and hairdresser did such a good job last time around that he’s decided to stick with them…Doctor Who Beastie's Jacket - CrawCrafts Beasties… And underneath his practical tweed jacket, he’s still rocking the same bright red braces and matching bow tie!Beastie Bow Tie and Braces - CrawCrafts BeastiesFinally, I kitted him out with a Beastie-sized Sonic Screwdriver – essential for getting a teeny Time Lord out of all sorts of intergalactic scrapes!Beastie-Size Sonic Screwdriver - CrawCrafts BeastiesBut surely you’re not going to walk to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, Doctor Who Beastie?Doctor Who Beastie, With Sonic Screwdriver - CrawCrafts BeastiesAha! I thought not! A cosy felt TARDIS will work much better.A Beastie-Size Tardis! CrawCrafts BeastiesPerfect!The Tardis, Inside and Out! CrawCrafts BeastiesWell, almost… Even though I gave him strictest instructions to head directly to his new home, and to be sure to get there in time for Christmas, he took it into his woolly head to go adventuring instead!

Days passed, then weeks… And still no Beastie! I didn’t know what to do – contact NASA and see if they’d noticed anything whizzing past the Hubble space telescope? Ring the BBC and ask for Professor Brian Cox? But then…
Doctor Who Beastie at Home! T Rabar/CrawCrafts BeastiesHe popped out of whatever black hole he’d vanished into, and arrived on his new doorstep apparently none the worse for wear after his longer-than-anticipated journey!

Even better, although he wasn’t home for Christmas, with uncanny Time Lord timing he did manage to pick the next best date for this grand entrance – his new buddy’s birthday!

Here’s a taster of what he discovered when he started exploring his new home planet…Doctor Who Beastie's New Home - T Rabar/CrawCrafts Beasties… And don’t forget to stop by Tatie’s World to see more of this Beastie’s antics!

Thanks to Tajana for sharing her Beastie pics with me… And for being so patient while we waited for the Beastie Tardis to find her house!

Next week, we’ll be finding out what Paddy and Plunkett have been up to in their first adventure of 2017… See you then!

Doctor Who Beastie's Braces and Bow Tie, by CrawCrafts Beasties

The Doctor Will See You Now…

Doctor Who Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
If it’s Tuesday, it must be… NEW BEASTIE DAY!

And, nearly halfway into February, we’re finally meeting the last of the pre-Christmas Beasties. Let’s have a monster welcome for… Doctor Who Beastie!

This little woolly Time Lord’s outfit is inspired by the 11th Doctor, played by Matt Smith in series 5-7 of the long-running BBC science fiction show “Doctor Who”. As you can see, he’s really made the character’s trademark hairstyle and dapper tweed jacket (complete with felt elbow patches) his own!
Doctor Who Beastie's Jacket - CrawCrafts BeastiesDoctor Who Beastie's Elbow Patches - CrawCrafts Beasties

And underneath the jacket, he’s sporting an elegant red bow tie and matching braces!
Doctor Who Beastie's Braces and Bow Tie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Braces From the Back - CrawCrafts Beasties
Then, to help him fight intergalactic nasties across space and time, I equipped him with a felt Sonic Screwdriver…
Dr Who Beastie's Sonic Screwdriver - CrawCrafts Beasties
…And a custom-built, Beastie-sized Tardis!
A Beastie-Sized Tardis, by CrawCrafts Beasties
I hope you can see enough of the details in the photos… Unfortunately daylight waThe Tardis, Finished Just in Time! CrawCrafts Beastiess in short supply in these parts around Christmas time!

The box has a little felt lamp on its roof, hand-appliquéd panels and embroidered windows on all four sides, and the all important “Police Box” sign hand-embroidered above the door!
The Front Door of the Beastie Tardis - CrawCrafts Beasties

With so many details to complete, it was a real race to the finishing line to get this very important commission done in time for Christmas!

But Christmas Eve dawned, and the Tardis was finally ready to carry the Beastie Doctor off to his new home…

Doctor Who Beastie heading off to his Home Planet... CrawCrafts Beasties
…And left me singing the “Doctor Who” theme tune for the next three days straight! Perhaps you’d like to join in?

Right, that should keep you all entertained until Friday, when we’ll be back with news from Paddy and Plunkett! Then next Tuesday I’ll be showing you some behind-the-scenes stuff from within the walls of Beastie Towers… expect to see those elusive, long-promised notebook extracts at last, plus some sketches, many half-baked ideas and a whole lot of crafting gear! See you then…