Yesterday I accompanied my cousins to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff – highly recommended for any Who fans…
I visited a couple of years ago (during Matt Smith’s Doctor) and they have recently re-energised it and the exhibition with a more interactive Peter Capaldi episode which is at times quite spooky, but very enjoyable.
Afterwards we wandered through the exhibition and bought some goodies at the shop. More on that later – I thought I would start with the costumes which were quite magnificent. Please excuse the quality of the pictures as I only had my mobile phone camera on hand…
Firstly, some of Clara’s costumes. She’s not my my favourite of companions, although she has her moments… She is so incredibly tiny – I am sure my biceps are wider than her waist!
On to one of my favourites, River Song. She is an amazingly powerful female character. One of the things I love about Doctor Who is that they don’t just write in two-dimensional girlie roles. All of the companions (and now Missy of course!) are complex, usually clever, resourceful and funny. River Song had (or should we say, has!) this in spades.
On to some of the character costumes – the attention to detail and styling on these were quite astounding up close and personal.
I can’t do a blog on Doctor Who costumes without including The Doctor himself. Firstly – my first Doctors. I have no recollection of Jon Pertwee, I think I would have quite enjoyed his incarnation of The Doctor. The Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, was my first Doctor. I found him extremely scary at the time – big eyes, big hair, very tall and that booming voice (well I was very young!)
As a keen knitter and crocheter, I have always fancied making a scarf or two, based on a variation of Tom Baker’s scarf. Perhaps one in a thinner, lighter fabric, not so wide and certainly as long as possible – but maybe not quite the 24 feet long scarf that the Fourth Doctor had at one point.
Peter Davison was my favourite at the time, he was quieter, more sensitive and, of course, very handsome! The celery stalk was a bit of a strange addition to the costume, but it all added to the quirkiness of The Doctor which we all know and love…
So here they all are – in order, including the War Doctor.
With ‘new Who’ I was thrilled that Christopher Eccleston took the part of The Doctor. He and Russell T. Davies brought something fresh and new to a character that we all loved, and thought we knew! but my Doctor is (and probably always will be) Ten – David Tennant (he really was a skinny boy!)
He just encapsulated the role so brilliantly and could play light and shade and everything inbetween. Although Eccleston brought it back in style, to my mind, it was Tennant and his relationship with Rose that sealed the success that it now is.
Who is your favourite Doctor and why?