One lucky Whovian got the shock of his life on this weekend’s episode of Antiques Roadshow when it was revealed that their autograph collection could be worth a small fortune.
The unnamed fan took the comprehensive autograph set to Alexandra Palace in north London, where a special episode of the series celebrating the BBC’s centenary was being filmed.
Items on display included Del Boy’s iconic Ford Capri and original artwork of the classic children’s Mr Benn, as well as 900 Doctor Who autographs including former stars Tom Baker, Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell.
“Like the actors who played the Doctor and co., I’ve collected an awful lot of autographs from actors who played supporting roles in separate stories,” the collector began.
“A lot of them are probably only known for being in certain Doctor Who stories and are probably only collected by people like me.”
The collection was reviewed by expert Will Farmer, who described it as “amazing” and praised the guest for pushing it all.
“It’s the best part of his life’s work, and it’s phenomenal,” Farmer continued. “I counted and spent my time with these albums.
“And yes, there are autographs here that are more affordable and less valuable, some that are more valuable. But even if we get an average of 900 autographs, I think it’s somewhere between £25,000 and £30,000.”
The guest was clearly taken aback by the incredible amount and replied: “Wow, I feel a little sick when I hear that. I didn’t expect it to be this much. Hopefully this will cheer up my wife too, bless her.”
However, he insisted the collection was not – and never would be – for sale, explaining that it was his prized possession, naming The Master actor Roger Delgado’s signature as his favourite.
“I love sitting and flipping through the pages and it always brings back great memories,” she added.
Doctor Who is taking part in the BBC’s centenary celebrations, recognizing the milestone with The Power of the Doctor, while the theme song for Strictly Come Dancing for a Weeping Angel was lent by Tyler West.
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