Great Ormond Street Appeal

11 Jun

Got an email from my friend Marty yesterday:

Over the past few months I’ve played a very tiny part in a VERY special auction which is now live. Some facts that might bore a few of you but:-

“In 2005 Lancasters armourie were contracted by the BBC to build a number of prop swords for the Christmas special episode of the hit revival of Doctor Who.

Used by Doctor Who actor David Tennant and the leader of the Sycorax race the swords were seen by 10 million viewers.

Now Lancasters are auctioning the prototype of the sword (above) in aid of London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.

And, as if owning this unique piece of television history wasn’t enough Lancasters have been aided in their fundraising effort by the generosity BBC Wales and actors David Tennant and Sean Gilder who have provided their signatures for engraving on the blade.

The sword will be auctioned via ebay. Clive Lankford of Lancasters tell us they “are not shy about the fact that we want this to make as much money for GOSHCC as possible”.

See Marty’s site for more details:

5 Responses to “Great Ormond Street Appeal”

  1. Justthisguy June 12, 2006 at 08:52 #

    Umm, any actual descriptive info about the sword, itself? Is it a real sword, or a pretend one? If it’s the former, how much does it weigh, what kind of steel is it made of, how was it forged, what’s its radius of gyration, center of percussion, etc.?

    Sorry to seem snarky, here, but I’ve read that your government has been confiscating silly pretend Space-Opera nerd weapons (Klingon Batleffs) so I wonder how an actual useful-in-a-fight weapon is allowed.

  2. Kev June 12, 2006 at 09:24 #

    Not a clue :o)

    If you follow the link above, I’m sure someone can answer your questions.

  3. Nathzn June 12, 2006 at 09:41 #

    Cool, did you see the Christmas special? It was ace.

  4. Martin Hoscik June 12, 2006 at 19:38 #

    Justthisguy – it’s a ‘real’ sword but the finer aspects I know little about. There are many more details available on the maker’s website:

    Martin 🙂

  5. Clive Lankford June 13, 2006 at 15:16 #

    the sword is real in the sense that it is metal but it does not have an edge (they hurt)
    the metal it is made out of “Chrome Nickel Molybdenum steel” commonly used as tank Armour very strong for full contact fighting whilst still retaining it’s flexibility.
    We make swords to last our full contact tourneys and sell them as re-enactment historical items (armour as well as swords etc) is our main site where you will be able to see what they can really do (this sword was made the same way)
    We export our swords worldwide and have not had a problem in the past.
    the weight of it is 2.3kg and balances about 1 1/2″ from the quillon
    the whole sword is around 1.3 metres long

    please email me if you need more info (use this one so I can easily see which is which).


    Clive Lankford Lancaster’s Armourie

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