David Tennant’s Doctor Who Converse Sneakers Are Going Up for Auction

David Tennant—and his beloved Converse sneakers—as Doctor Who's Tenth Doctor.
David Tennant—and his beloved Converse sneakers—as Doctor Who's Tenth Doctor.
Adrian Rogers, BBC

You may never get the chance to own a working TARDIS in your lifetime, but for about $200 to $350 Doctor Who fans can own something nearly as iconic: the cream-colored Converse sneakers favored by Tenth Doctor David Tennant. On the morning of May 30, 2019, England's Ewbank's Auctions will begin auctioning off hundreds of television and movie props, including a well-curated collection of Doctor Who memorabilia.

Here's the rub: the sneakers in question aren't the ones that The Doctor himself wore; they were worn by his stunt double. The reason? The kicks that Tennant sported in the show were his very own. In fact, in late 2018, the 48-year-old actor—who will next be seen in Amazon's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Good Omens later this month—shared how he had to fight for his preferred footwear.

A pair of cream-colored Converse sneakers from the set of 'Doctor Who'
The Converse worn by David Tennant's Doctor Who stunt double will be auctioned off by Ewbank's
Ewbank's

While speaking at PaleyFest in New York City in October 2018, Tennant shared how his version of the Time Lord's outfit came to be.

"I had these really old, battered, cream-colored Converse shoes that I brought in and I said, 'I want to wear these.' And people didn't like that idea," Tennant said. The costume department favored a pair of boots, but the actor was determined. "'They're beautiful boots,'" he told the producers, "'But I want to wear these crappy old trainers." Eventually, he got his way—and the rest is history.

The sneakers aren't the only piece of Doctor Who history up for sale. An original guard blaster from 1987's "Dragonfire" serial, which was later used in "Red Dwarf," is expected to fetch at least $250 to $500, while an original script binder from 1984's "Resurrection of The Daleks"—filled with handwritten notes and sketches—will likely sell for at least $200.

Visit Ewbank's website to see the full catalog, and register to bid online.

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

You Can Now Buy Your Own Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Warner Bros.

Harry Potter fans, prepare to go nuts. Toy group Wow! Stuff has officially come out with an invisibility cloak and pre-orders begin on July 1.

According to CNET, the cloak works like a green screen and uses an app to show the wearer disappearing in photos and videos. The user can then save the photos and videos to their phone and show everyone their vanishing skills. The toy company felt compelled to warn users that they won't actually disappear, which is hilarious but worth clarifying in case someone thought they now had access to invisibility cloaks and real magic.

The creators actually examined the original cloak used on Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, now housed at Leavesden Studio, to make sure it was as close to the real one as possible.

The cloak, which is not transparent to the wearer, comes in two different versions: The standard cloak costs $70 and includes a stand to situate one’s phone for pictures. The deluxe version, which costs $80, has a serpent-themed border and a tabletop tripod so you can really go wild with photos.

The cloaks are set for an August 1 release, and have already made an impression on toy lovers, winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s Toy Awards.

[h/t CNET]

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