The November 23rd 1963 date sticks in many people’s minds, and those who were there can still recall where they were the first time they saw Doctor Who, possibly because the programme scheduling was affected with news of the assassination of President Kennedy. All these years later (aside from a break in the 1990s), the Doctor’s adventures have continued, and he has maintained a loyal fan-base. Despite this, from the costuming point of view, outfits for those wanting to emulate the Doctor in his various incarnations are a little thin on the ground – we know of two ‘official’ outfits – for the Fourth (Tom Baker) and Fifth (Colin Baker) Doctors. There are also outfits for contemporary companions Leela (the wild warrior girl played by Louise Jameson) and Tegan an Australian air-hostess. Of course the true Whovians (not Who-ers, for obvious reasons) make their own costumes to depict (or ‘cosplay’) both the heroes and villains of the programme, but for the casual party-goer wanting to commemorate the occasion, it’s slim pickings. However, there is a rather impressive child-size inflatable Dalek coming onto the market, in time for Christmas – why do children have all the fun?
We were thinking that a lot of our Doctor Who costumes problems were over, with a new costume range due to be released in 2011. However, unfortunately that particular company has gone into liquidation, so we are back to the drawing board!
Finding a costume for Dr. Who (as previously mentioned) can be a bit difficult, so here are some of our own ideas that may help (a bit!)
- Cover yourself in Ks and 9′s – okay, we are clutching at straws!
- Wear a doctor’s outfit covered in question marks.
- Wear a gas mask, as seen in The Empty Child
- Guy Fawkes – adventure game character
- The Brigadier – wear UK Army uniform
- Vampires from The Vampires of Venice
- Astronaut – River Song
- Clowns – The God Complex
- Rag dolls – Night Terrors
- Headless Monks – wear a monk’s costume with the hood up and dark face paint – A Good Man Goes To War
- Weeping Angels – The Time Of Angels – add some wings and away you go
- Pirate Costumes - The curse Of The Black Spot
So that’s a few ideas for you. Still not sure, take a look at some old episodes to get your inspiration. and if you still think Dr. Who is a silly costume theme, why not morph it into a Sci-Fi fancy dress instead?