He’s a real time hoard-er – Doctor Who fanatic with world record collection in his flat
Now this is a real time HOARD, meet the man who has spent more than £10,000 building a world record collection dedicated to Doctor Who.
Ian O’Brien, 46, first watched the show with his family as a five-year-old and was so fascinated that he started collecting toys and games about the sci-fi programme.
The Doctor Who lover, from Old Trafford, Manchester, now boasts a living room bursting with items including annuals, DVDs, action figures and sticker books.
He has since amassed a whopping 1,573 items in dedication to the popular BBC show to claim the world record for having the biggest collection of Doctor Who memorabilia.
Ian, who has spent at least £10,000 on his collection, said: “I watched my first ever episode with my mum, dad and brother when I was five-years-old.
“I loved it so much that my parents bought me a Dalek toy and the collection all snowballed from there.
“I got more and more present for Christmas and birthdays and I’d spend my pocket money on things like stickers and books.
“More recently I started looking online for things and I know how to get a good bargain.
“My living room was full to the brim of memorabilia so I’ve had to start keeping stuff in my bedroom.
“I’ve got everything from books to toys – you name it, I’ll have it.
“It was an incredible feeling when I found out I had the world record for owning the largest collection of Doctor Who related items.
“I just want to keep it going for as long as I can.”
Mega collector Ian has an entire cabinet reserved for Dalek figurines in his front room while his DVD collection of every episode sits proudly on a shelf.
His most prized item is a rare 1960s Dalek nursery toy which is now believed to be worth more than £1,000.
He decided to apply to Guinness World Records and spent almost three weeks photographing and logging each individual item in his enormous collection.
Ian was recently given the good news after initially applying for the record only weeks before the show celebrated its 50th anniversary.
He said: “I knew I had an incredible amount of items so I decided to apply to Guinness World Records.
“They told me I would have to log every single item I owned and take a photograph as proof.
“A close friend helped me but it still took nearly three weeks to do it.
“I actually applied before the 50th anniversary last year but it took a long time for officials to check all of the information I had submitted.
“I was eventually told I had the world record which was an incredible feeling – the hard work was well worth it.
“I don’t think I’m done just yet though – I still think the collection can get even bigger.”