In the course of his trip he’s been to the UK, Ireland, over to America, and now back to the UK.
Knowing he’d be around at some point I extended an open invitation to meet up if he had a free day.
Over this past weekend I had a message from him that he was gonna be in London for Monday, and if I was around we could finally meet.
Annoyingly I was still on a placement at a trendy advertising agency on Tottenham Court Road, so I wasn’t free that day, but I suggested we could do lunch if he could be around at 1pm.
I have often noticed slightly vacant looking tourists standing around outside there, so have assumed they were also waiting for meeting colleagues to arrive!
The dominion is notable at the moment for being where We Will Rock You is running, a stage musical based on the songs of Queen. It’s easy to spot, as it has a near 30-foot high statue of Freddy Mercury outside (see right). “Look out for that!” I told him, “You can’t miss it!”
I broke for lunch as planned at 1pm and headed down to meet him and to be as conspicuous as I could be I wore my Ten Coat, hoping he’d spot it.
As I walked down the road I spied a familiar face, a good hundred yards or so from where we were supposed to meet. “Ian?”, I said. “Yes?” That was lucky – we’d have been standing around wait for each other for ages!
We had a lot to talk about and catch up on, but one thing that did come out of our conversation was regarding the original Six Frock Coat.
Basically, Colin Baker is a big cat lover, and it was his input to the costume that it included a broach of a cat on the pink lapel. He also had small black felt cat shapes sewn into the inside of the yellow lapel, one for each adventure (see right). They were sort of like the air kills marked on RAF fighter planes in World War Two!Luckily Colin had kept some and these were acquired are returned to their place inside the coat, though not a complete set.
After a while Colin tired of the idea, and they were all removed for his later season, so none of the screen used coats retained them at the end of filming.
As it happened, Colin Baker went the Australia a few years back, and had auctioned one of these felt cats for charity. Ian was the lucky buyer.
When he saw the coat on classicdoctorwhoprops.com, he realized the place for it was back on the coat, along with the rest of the litter! He contacted them, and within a few weeks it was back where it belonged (see left).
The next day I wasn’t working, so I suggested we could meet up and I could give Ian a bit of a tour of London to see some Doctor Who sights.
Frock Coat. He was amused to see the bolt of material still on display, as well as part of the distinctive lining I created.
When I conducted this tour I thought there were only two surviving Police Posts in London.
I have since discovered that there are a lot more.
You can read about all of them under
Eleven TARDISES For Eleven Doctors
It’s such an inspirational location, and the bridges spanning the street are so dramatic to look at, it give an enormous depth.
Crossing the Millennium Bridge from outside the Tate Modern art gallery, we took a look at where the St Peter’s Steps once were, site of the Cyberman march from The Invasion.
It was a pleasant afternoon, punctuated by an unusual number of vagrants who kept coming in and hassling the drinkers. The staff seemed to be seasoned in expelling them, so we weren’t bothered too much.
After a good old chat it was time for me to head off home and say goodbye to Ian. It was real great to meet up with him and put an accent to an email.