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Rare shots of the Daleks making their first ever Doctor Who appearance go up for auction 

Rare photographs that show the first appearance of Daleks in Doctor Who have been put up for sale 55 years after they were first published.

The telesnaps (off-screen photos) taken during filming – were often the only surviving record of early TV programmes and actors and directors would use them as examples of their work.

The 40 small pictures were acquired by Christopher Barry, who in 1963 directed the second series of Doctor Who  – the first to feature Daleks.

Rare photographs that show the first appearance of Daleks in Doctor Who have been put up for sale 55 years after they were first published. Pictured, Dr Who actor Patrick Troughton faces one of the Daleks

The telesnaps - off-screen photos taken during filming - were often the only surviving record of early TV programmes and actors and directors would use them as examples of their work.

The telesnaps – off-screen photos taken during filming – were often the only surviving record of early TV programmes and actors and directors would use them as examples of their work.

The 40 small pictures now for sale were acquired by Christopher Barry, who in 1963 directed the second series of Doctor Who which was the first to feature Daleks.

The 40 small pictures now for sale were acquired by Christopher Barry, who in 1963 directed the second series of Doctor Who which was the first to feature Daleks.

They were taken by John Cura, the only photographer who took and sold telesnaps commercially, and he would generally take 70 to 80 pictures of each programme. Daleks are pictured

They were taken by John Cura, the only photographer who took and sold telesnaps commercially, and he would generally take 70 to 80 pictures of each programme. Daleks are pictured

Since the 1990s fans have used telesnaps to recreate lost Doctor Who episodes, creating reconstructions by marrying the images with fan-recorded off-air soundtracks. Daleks are pictured

Since the 1990s fans have used telesnaps to recreate lost Doctor Who episodes, creating reconstructions by marrying the images with fan-recorded off-air soundtracks. Daleks are pictured

The telesnaps, pictured,  will be sold at Bristol Auction Rooms on Thursday

The telesnaps, pictured,  will be sold at Bristol Auction Rooms on Thursday

They have been owned by Mr Barry's family ever since and they are now selling them for £1,200 at Bristol Auction Rooms

They have been owned by Mr Barry’s family ever since and they are now selling them for £1,200 at Bristol Auction Rooms

They were taken by John Cura, the only photographer who took and sold telesnaps commercially, and he would generally take 70 to 80 pictures of each programme.

They have been owned by Mr Barry’s family ever since and they are now selling them for £1,200 at Bristol Auction Rooms.

The images feature the show’s most popular villains along with Patrick Troughton, who played the Doctor.

Since the 1990s fans have used telesnaps to recreate lost Doctor Who episodes, creating reconstructions by marrying the images with fan-recorded off-air soundtracks.

Stephen Ferguson, from Bristol Auction Rooms, said: 'Telesnaps are pictures that were shot during filming as a record for the BBC archive and for the actors

Stephen Ferguson, from Bristol Auction Rooms, said: ‘Telesnaps are pictures that were shot during filming as a record for the BBC archive and for the actors

The pictures were taken by John Cura, the only photographer who took and sold telesnaps commercially, and he would generally take 70 to 80 pictures of each programme

The pictures were taken by John Cura, the only photographer who took and sold telesnaps commercially, and he would generally take 70 to 80 pictures of each programme

Stephen Ferguson, from Bristol Auction Rooms, said: ‘Telesnaps are pictures that were shot during filming as a record for the BBC archive and for the actors.

‘In those days the BBC would delete the episodes so these pictures were often the only record of them. Actors and directors would buy them to keep as an example of their work, to show they had been in something in the days before video.

‘These telesnaps are from quite a famous episode because it was the introduction of the Daleks, so there’s some great shots of the Daleks.

‘Most of season one and a lot of season two doesn’t exist anymore. This isn’t one of the deleted episodes because it was the introduction of the Daleks, but I think there will still be lots of interest in this.

‘To my knowledge, these have never been seen on the market before.

‘They are owned by the family of the director, Christopher Barry. It’s something they have treasured but don’t ever look at.

‘They’ve been in the same envelope in the bottom of a sock drawer for the last eight years so they decided they might as well go to somebody who will appreciate it more.

‘They’re in good condition, they’re not dog-eared or anything. I believe they have been offered money for them before but have never sold any.

‘I’d expect them to be bought by a Doctor Who superfan. So far the Doctor Who fans who have enquired about them have been quite excited, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were bought by a tradesman because there’s so many of them.

‘They are original and a very rare things so a trade guy may try to buy them and split them up, frame them and sell individually.’

The telesnaps will be sold at Bristol Auction Rooms on Thursday.

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