Meet Allen Machielson: Inside the Collection
Travel across time and space to take a look inside this "whoseum"
May. 8, 2022
Lisa steps into Allen Machielson’s “Whoseum” and is transported through time and space to view an impressive collection of Doctor Who memorabilia. From custom-built replicas of the TARDIS and TARDIS consoles to prototype toys, Allen’s beautifully displayed collection captures the growth of his passion for the longest-running sci-fi series. Allen’s companion, his wife, Chrissy, has developed an appreciation for Doctor Who over the years, but her appreciation may grow when she hears our expert’s appraisal. Movie props and costume expert Mark Short began his own collection of screen-used props and costumes with Doctor Who memorabilia, so he’s primed with a perfect trade item to entice our collector.
1. TARDIS replicas
Allen built these replica TARDIS booths based off the original 1963 prop. He spent around $500 on the materials, but with all the time, care, and research that went into them, they're worth a lot more.
2. TARDIS console
The console is the flight control deck of the TARDIS. A longtime friend of Allen's used to display this at conventions. When he decided to retire the set, he offered it to Allen. Not exactly something you can display in the living room!
3. TARDIS toy prototype
Bluebird was a toy company that made playsets that could be opened up and had figurines inside. They made this prototype to go with the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie. When the movie didn't do as well as they had hoped, the toy never went into production - which makes this a very rare collectible!
4. K9 toy
The fourth doctor had a robot dog companion named K9, and this K9 toy was one of the first Doctor Who toys of that era. The fact that Allen still has the box in great condition and that the toy still works significantly adds to the value.
5. 1990s TARDIS console
Unlike the previous console, Allen built this one himself! This console is from the one-off TV movie made in America. He fell in love with it, and used the design as inspiration for the whole Whoseum.
6. Dalek toy prototype
Allen also has the production prototype for another toy from Bluebird, the classic Doctor Who baddie, the Dalek. Along with the prototype, Allen was also able to get the production notes between the BBC and Bluebird.
7. Fourth doctor outfit
Even Lisa is getting in the Doctor Who spirit!