Being June, the BFI’s Doctor Who at 50 season has reached the Sixth Doctor, and I was fortunate enough to get tickets for the screening of The Two Doctors in the ballot.
Travelling on the train and walking along the South Bank from Blackfriars to the BFI was fun, I can tell you.
Once at the BFI I received a lot of positive comments on the costume and was asked for my photo by a number of people, which was cool.
Disappointingly I was the ONLY cosplayer there, so I did stand out like a sore thumb!
The event was quite a packed programme, with a number of other distractions aside from The Two Doctors itself.
He explained how June disliked the imposition of the question marks on the lapels, opting to do them in a subtle colour to minimise their impact.
They discussed the waistcoat and shirts, explaining how they were made in an ivory colour rather than white so they were tv-camera friendly.
I discussed how it had been made and the work that had gone into creating it, as well as the time it had taken to do it all.
This was the first time my finished coat had been side-by-side with an original screen-worn, so it was a bit nerve-wracking.
Mine is modelled after the earlier versions, and the one Dick was wearing was the later one, specially created for Colin’s expanding waistline.
If you look closely you can see how the tartan panel on my back is narrower, as this is where the coat was made larger to fit. The back of the collar falls differently too, as this had to allow for the change in cut.
It was very exciting to be asked to show off my coat and I’m proud to say I was involved, if only in a small way, with the BFI’s celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who!
Many thanks to Paul Ducker who kindly sent me the photos he took