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The Diary of River Song by Terrasolo
The Diary of River Song
River’s diary first came to our attention in “Silence in the Library/Forrest of the Dead” during Series 4 but from her perspective, it was at the end of its life, as River was soon to leave us. The replica in my Collection is based off of its appearance in that same story and it was beautifully recreated by Garina of River Song Diary - Doctor Who replica props​

Garina spent over two years researching this diary and was even able to see one of the real props. She made the page content as authentic as she could while at the same time filling in any blanks with more illustrations, loose photos, postcards, post-it notes and more. Along with these additions she documented everything from “Silence in the Library” to “A Good Man Goes to War” as well as adding missing bits like the picnic at Asgard and the Singing Towers of Darillium. All information the prop diary was meant to contain story-wise but obviously couldn’t in reality. So that alone makes this replica all the more special.

While I was able to get this photo for my collection I am in no way done playing with all the extras Garina sent along for me to fill the book. In fact the day I received this replica I spent the entire length of “The Keeper of Traken” working on adding in all the extra bits and the time flew by in the blink of an eye! This is certainly one of the most interesting props in my collection because you will need to take a very good long look at it many times over to see all the details that went into making this piece. It would have been so easy to fill the pages with nonsensical information or to even leave them all blank but Garina went the extra mile to make this book as character authentic as she could. The picture here in my collection just doesn’t give you the full scope of this replica, so hopefully this write-up has done it some justice.

I had such a tough time choosing an example pages to show from the book but in the end I settled a couple of the most classic villains (even if they show the worst Dalek design ever! ;) At least They’re River related).

The sonic screwdriver is the Character Options toy, for now.
A Journal of Impossible Things by Terrasolo
A Journal of Impossible Things
John Smith’s journal appeared in “Human Nature/The Family of Blood” in Series 3 and was chock full of the Doctor’s memories recounted in dream form. The journal in my collection was recreated by Garina ofRiver Song Diary - Doctor Who replica props by scanning the pages of the Character Option release, resizing them to proper scale, touching up the pages by hand and then recreating the leather cover, also to proper scale. As the Character Options release was the base most of the pages aren’t an identical match to the show but they are still a fair representation of what we saw as many of the pages match closely what was on screen. The replica journal doesn’t have as much custom hand work done to it as Garina puts into her River Song diaries but then this piece didn’t really need that kind of attention and the corrected scale and custom leather cover really make the piece a worthwhile addition to the collection. Also pictured with the Celestial Toystore UE Chameleon Arch Pocket Watch from the same story. 

As much as I love this journal, just wait till you see her River Song Diary…
-TARDIS Keys: Companions and Friends by Terrasolo
-TARDIS Keys: Companions and Friends

Since the time I posted my original 50th Anniversary piece there have been a few more TARDIS keys used in the New Series as well as more discoveries from the Classic Series and naturally I’ve added those keys into my collection. Because of this, naturally I felt it was time to update the collection picture, only this time I decided to split the collection into two pictures; one for “The Doctor” and another for “Companions & Friends”.

I did this for two main reasons:  The first is because for the original piece I tried to keep it simple in the way I showed the characters that had used multiple TARDIS keys, however with the new layout, this proved more difficult as well as seeming a little less noticeable. The second was more of a real-estate issue; with that many keys added into the mix the collection looked much cleaner divided in two.

The research on the TARDIS keys has been a collaborative effort with many of us on theRPF and other various Doctor Who communities.

Although some of the character’s keys have been seen in multiple stories I’m only going to list either the first story each character’s key(s) was seen in or whichever story (or place) my photo reference came from.  If you’d like more information on anything, please feel free to ask. I’m always happy to share what I know.

And now, to the keys:

“The Dalek Invasion of Earth”

We first get a quick look at the keychain/necklace that Susan has in “The Sensorites” but it isn’t until “The Dalek Invasion of Earth” that we get a full frame shot of her key and chain.  This shot gives us the basic body shame and type of chain used, what is known as a snake chain. I used that picture and an telesnap from “Marco Polo” showing the finer details of the top of the key near the key ring hole to finalize my replica. The key itself is a Yale key, which we believe all the classic keys were based on their use of Yale locks.

(1) “Aliens of London”
(2) “The Long Game”

Rose Tyler’s key went through a change in Series 1 which was down to the fact that the BBC doesn’t advertise products in its shows. In “Aliens of London” she was given an ERA key – same as the Ninth Doctor – which can clearly be seen in her hand as it begins to glow and it had its own special keychain which matched the nautical theme of the Ninth Doctor and his console room. The chain was a wallet chain with a key ring on one end and a sailing d-shackle on the other. I found a promo shot of Rose holding her key by the d-shackle and counted all the links to make sure my chain was the same exact length. Her second key was seen in “The Long Game” when the script called for more screen time than usual so they didn’t want the key’s logo to be seen and we’re told they switched to a Silca brand key that they had sanded off all the head details and rhodium plated the key back to silver. The keychain remained the same. Either key is of course accurate but I prefer the ERA key as I like the body details and it’s how it was first given to Rose. The Silca keys in my collection are actually a close match by JMA as we haven’t yet found the actual Silca key used. They are so close I haven’t set the search as a priority.

(1 & 2) “The Sound of Drums”

The first time we see Jack us his own TARDIS key was actually in “Bad Wolf” in Series 1 but we don’t get a close up shot to see what it actually looked like. It isn’t until “The Sound of Drums” in Series 3 that we finally get a look at his key and at that time they used the sanded Silca key.  By this point Jack kept his TARDIS key on a rather full key ring with his other Torchwood hub related keys (presumably). Much like Rose above and any Silca keys below, all of mine are JMA. Of course he also had the modified Silca TARDIS key that was turned into a Perception filter in “The Sound of Drums” which was worn on a long piece of twine with some electronic components added.

(1) “42”
(2) “The Sound of Drums”

When we first see Martha given a TARDIS key in “42” it is a sanded Silca key on a long ball chain. The next time we see her key in “The Sound of Drums” it seems Martha ditched the ball chain and kept her key without a keychain as the Doctor carries his. Martha also had one of the three Silca Perception Filter keys same as Jack and the Doctor, although at least one of them had a different color resistor.

(1&2) “Blink”

Believe it or not Sally actually had three different keys in this one story alone; An ERA (1) and a Silca blanked of details (2) - shown of course with our alt brand JMA - and an unaltered Silca seen in one particular shot (not pictured as I don’t have one in the collection yet. Although it’s the only key I’m too concerned with not having in the collection.)

“The Sontaran Stratagem”

By the time the Doctor gave Donna a TARDIS key he seemed to have given up on any sort of decorative keychain – possibly spurned by Martha ditching the ball chain ;)  - and the key he gave Donna was just the plain Silca key that had been sanded of detials and rhodium plated.

(1) “The Snowmen”
(2) “The Time of the Doctor”
(3) “Dark Water”

The first time Clara was given a key it was actually give to one of her splintered selves – 19th Century Clara - in “The Snowmen”. The production team went back to a Yale type key with two shoulders and while we are uncertain of the brand for this key, as the face was once again sanded off and presumably rhodium plated, the key is shown in enough detail that we were able to get a good body match with an actual Yale key. Once sanded of logo and details it’s a great match for the Snowmen key. Clara was seen with another key in the Eleventh Doctor’s final story “The Time of the Doctor”. It still had the two shoulders but this time they hadn’t sanded the details off. Due to the short screen time it had we were unable to find out the exact brand but an eBay search dug up a perfect match which is identical on both sides of the key – aside from a very small Y1 marking on one side – which made it an ideal match to the TotD key. Series 8 showed us another new TARDIS key for the story “Dark Water” and were even shown both sides of the key on screen which revealed that the head details were identical on both sides. This new key shared the same body shape with the ERA key from Series 1 – returning to the one shoulder - and even shared similar head marking aside from the lack of a raised circle around the keyhole loop. Naturally my fellow collectors and I started a search and while it took a little time, I finally found an ebay auction that had horribly burry pics and decided to take the chance. When the keys arrived I could finally make out the company name as Hiatt Hardware and see that the keys were an identical match to the Capaldi TARDIS key on both sides! Identical body details with no words, letters or numbers at all, exactly as we had seen on screen.

And there you have it. What we know of the Companions and Friends TARDIS keys so far. The Classic era always has potential to surprise us with new details as more behind the scenes pictures surface but the New Series has given us enough visual reference to match each key if not to a brand at least to exacting details.

***The Doctor's key are coming soon. Some new information has been found on one of them and I am updating the pic. 

Happy New Year everyone! (sorry for the delay in that, I've been a bit under the weather.) 

The change has happened. Terrasolo Cosplay is now officially Terrasolo Pictures! (Though the link remains the same) Here you will not only find updates on my Cosplay but now you will be kept up to date with my film work and anything else I may have a hand in entertainment wise. 

To see some of my film work I've added an album to this page with links in the description of each film poster to the videos on YouTube. 

I wanted to thank each and everyone of you for your support of my cosplay work as the Doctor and I hope to see you all at future events (I'll post those up as and when I know them) and I truly hope you all enjoy my film work. Lots more to come!…


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Brian A. Terranova
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Independent Film Maker, Artist, Actor and Musician. And a huge Doctor Who fan, among man other similar interests.

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PC012 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! I hope you have a nice day! :3
Terrasolo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :) Sorry I'm late! I did have a nice day though, so thank you again!
PC012 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! :D
DragonShinobi555 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Congratulations on surviving another year! Happy Birthday Doctor! :iconhappybirthdayplz:
Terrasolo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol Thank you very much!
HighVelocityStudios Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey Brian. Its me Dante the one that took the picture with you and Smoke at J1-Con.
Terrasolo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello Dante! Welcome to my deviantart ;)
HighVelocityStudios Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student General Artist
How are you today?
Thank you for the greeting.
Aswell Welcome to my Deviantart Playland. 
Terrasolo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, two days late :/ Let's see, two days ago I was great! Or at least that's how I want to remember it ;) How're things for you?
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AnimeWriter45 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Were you at J1Con by any chance?
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