Amongst the displays is a definitive collection of costumes worn by The Doctor through his regeneration (see left and right). Some out of necessity are replicas, but many are original and screen-used.
On Thursday I went to the first of the paid previews, following on from a couple of weeks of tester days to iron out teething troubles. While I was there I took a good set of photographs of all the costumes on show.
Full Review of the exhibition itself, but here is a more targeted write-up focusing on the items of interest to a Tenth Doctor fan and giving them a more detailed look.
As I don’t run a blog for the Ninth Doctor, I’m including him here - after all, he pass the baton to the Tenth.
A UK general election. This latter cover was the most popular Radio Times cover of all time. Now there’s a claim!
But then we do have the real treat of seeing the original console room introduced in the Ecceslton era (see below).
Since the Ninth Doctor never encountered the Cybermen, it’s the Dalek display that provides some contact here, with a bronze version (see left).
Opposite is the Emperor of the Daleks, and further in to the exhibition, a Slitheen looms over you; and from The Empty Child, the gas mask clad Doctor Constantine and Jamie (see below, left); plus a couple of Autons from Rose (see below, right).
DAVID TENNANTI find it a little sad that the Tennant star is starting to be out-shone :(
The first exhibition (Brighton in 2005) was naturally all Ninth Doctor.
Later exhibitions quickly gave way to a 80/20 split in favour of the Tenth Doctor, and at the last incarnations of the exhibitions you’d struggle to find anything other than Tennant era costumes.
So now we re in the Matt Smith era his dominance is rapidly taking over, with almost every of his 14 episodes to date significantly represented.
That said, the legacy of Radio Times covers doesn’t go unrecognised, with all twenty on show!
As far as I am aware (someone correct me if I am wrong) all previous displays of The Doctor’s outfit have always included one of his blue suits. I know of at least two if not three different versions of these suits used for the exhibitions.
Here we have, for the first time, one of the brown suits made from the GAP trouser fabric.
Having recently worked intimately with the material I can vouch for it, and tell that it is quite faded and worn, which was I gather one of the ongoing problems with the fabric (hence the introduction of the blue alternative).
The tie here is Tie Two from my Tie Index (the Daniel Hechter label).
The coat, for the first time, is a screen-used coat, and not the prototype from the Earl’s Court exhibition. IT does not have the seam 9 inches from the hem where Phil Collinson hacked the length down before realizing it did need to be looong!
Past the costume displays you do get to see a stunning recreation of Tennant’s console room, which looks ever impressive despite the enormity of the new Matt Smith version.
In the companions display every single associate of the tenth Doctor is represented.
From a pristine K-9; to Sarah Jane’s reporter cloths from School Reunion; Rose, Martha, Donna, Capain Jack and even Astrid make an appearance (see below).
The Sontaran Line-up is rounded off with General Staal from The Sontaran Stratagem.
Elsewhere, a Pig Man from Daleks In Manhattan; The Sisters of Plenitude’s Novice Hame costumes from both New Earth and Gridlock; ; a scarecrow from Family Of Blood; two Hath from The Doctor’s Daughter; and a Heavenly Hot from Voyage Of The Danmed all remind us of the fantastic legacy the Tenth Doctor’s era has left (see below).
Finally, there is a very impressive display showing how Millennium FX produce some of the amazing full head masks seen in the series.
It shows every stage of making an Ood, from clay sculpture (see below, left) right through moulding; silicone and painting; to a full Ood costume (see below, right).
You can read each of my other Doctor-specific reviews in appropriate blogs by clicking the links below.