A teenager has spent six years worth of pocket money on Doctor Who memorabilia
Is this the UK’s biggest Doctor Who fan? A teenager has spent six years’ worth of pocket money buying 1500 items of memorabilia – and now claims it’s worth almost £10,000.
Sophie Clark, 17, from Leeds, started her collection, which includes life sized Daleks, alien and Doctor figures, in 2010.
But despite her mum, Sandra, 41, also being a Doctor Who fan, she has since banned her daughter from buying anymore souvenirs as they are taking over the family home.
With some items too big to even fit through doors, Sophie has no choice but to store some of her prized possessions in the garage.
After using her pocket money and saving spare cash from birthdays and Christmases, Sophie now has over 1500 items dotted all over her home.
Sophie had built up her collection from gifts and bargain hunting at car boots and charity shops over the past six years.
The animal care student has estimated her impressive collection is now worth around £10,000 but reveals she would never sell a single item.
Sophie said: “My obsession with everything Doctor Who started six years ago when my mum bought me a magazine with a DVD, and overnight I was addicted.
“I receive £20 a week in pocket money from my mum and grandparents which goes towards clothes and Doctor Who gear.
“I found myself buying magazines, and I would ask for Doctor Who themed birthday and Christmas gifts.
“My entire conservatory was a Doctor Who room, then my collection got too big and I had to pack it all in boxes, my life-sized Dalek couldn’t even get through the door.
“I spent years spending my pocket money on my collection, I’d often save up for the more expensive pieces, such as latex masks.
“I have 1500 items, and I’ve estimated it’s worth around £10,000.
“Even though I love Doctor Who and will often be seen wearing one of the t-shirts, I did get embarrassed when my friends came over so I used to either pretend the collection was my brother’s or put huge posters over the windows so that no one could see inside.
“My mum has banned me from buying anymore because I have taken up all of the room in the house, but I still like to buy little Doctor Who items here and there.”
Sophie has attended various Doctor Who events including the 50th anniversary as the episode with David Tennant and Matt Smith together was her favourite.
Sophie said: “Me and my mum went to the Doctor Who Experience in London in 2012, then we went to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Leeds, which was the 50th anniversary event.
“I have met loads of people from Doctor Who including Ian McNeice who played Winston Churchill and Matt Smith himself.
“I’ve also met Karen Gillan and Tom Baker which was great and I love seeing Daleks because they’re the best alien in the series.
“Unfortunately I haven’t met David Tennant as he’s my favourite Doctor by a mile, I thought about giving up on the show when he left but I stuck with it like a true Doctor Who fan.
Sophie has funded her mass collection through gifts from family, pocket money, and fortunate items her mum has been able to pick up from to previous jobs.
She said: “My mum used to work in a charity shop and she could get loads of Doctor Who stuff for me.
“When she was younger she worked as a child minder and she got loads of toys which I then exchanged for Doctor Who products.
“My granddad also gives me money sometimes and I use that along with pocket money to buy Doctor Who items, I have also bought a lot of things from car boot sales.”
Sophie’s ambition is to have a spare room in her future house so that she can showcase all of her Doctor Who memorabilia.
She said: “When I’m older I’m going to make sure I can get all of my stuff out in a big spare room at my own house.
“I’m so proud of my collection and there’s no way I’d ever be selling it, even though it’s probably all worth a small fortune.
DOCTOR WHO COLLECTION:
500 figures – £3000
38 daleks – £300
7 packs of Top Trumps – £35
8 Doctor Who t-shirts – £120
146 Doctor Who books – £876
750 Doctor Who magazines – £3750
4 latex Doctor Who masks – £80
11 Doctor who paper masks – £16.50
40 Doctor Who cups – £200
4 life size cardboard Daleks – £120
20 Board games and puzzles – £300
3 money boxes – £30
Notebooks – £100
Doctor Who Experience in London – £20
Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Leeds – £30
Total – £8,977.50
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