Wednesday 17 December 2014

Doctor Who Magazine: The 2015 Yearbook

Today sees a end-of-year special edition yearbook from Doctor Who Magazine.

I don’t usually mention stuff like this, but this contains something a bit special you’ll like to read - especially if you’re a regular reader of my blogs.

The magazine reviews an incredible year for the programme, its spin-offs and the licensed merchandise available.
Highlights include our first major interview with the show’s executive producer, Brian Minchin, in which he reflects on Peter Capaldi’s first year as the Doctor and looks forward to further adventures with the Twelfth Doctor.

  • Features on every episode in Peter Capaldi’s first series
  • Interviews with the team that accompanied Capaldi and Jenna Coleman on the Doctor Who World Tour
  • Fourth Doctor Tom Baker discusses his return to television and audio Doctor Who
  • Eighth Doctor Paul McGann reveals what he thinks about Capaldi’s Doctor
  • Orchestrator and conductor Ben Foster previews the 2015 Symphonic Spectacular
  • Inside the new ‘making of’ show, Doctor Who Extra
  • Behind the scenes at the new Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff
  • Interviews with some of the key players behind recent books, soundtracks, audio dramas, DVDs, Blu-rays and action figures
  • Highlights from the year’s newspaper and magazine reviews of Doctor Who
  • A round up of Doctor Who’s awards and honours from the last 12 months
  • Detailed tributes to the Doctor Who luminaries who passed away in 2014..., and much more!
Also included in the “much more” is an interview with me!

I was approached by Simon Guerrier, who as well as writing for Doctor Who Magazine has written adventures for Big Finish. We met in London a few weeks ago where we chatted about my work and some background information about how I do what I do.

We talked about a number of my projects and particularly about the Ultimate Sixth Doctor Frock Coat - including a nice feature picture from when I met Colin at Gallifrey in February this year.

I also provided a number of images for use with the article, including getting permission from Louise Page to share the picture of her with the Ultimate Tennant Suit.

I was hoping for maybe a half page, but in the end it turned out as a full page - which is awesome!

The magazine is available at
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Thursday 18th December 2014

Tuesday 2 December 2014

Red Tartan - FASHION!

You may have seen that I have restocked the Red Tartan for my Ultimate Six Frock Coat.
This has prompted a couple of messages from my readers, one of which got me thinking.

The reader wanted to know the name or clan the tartan comes from, presumably so they could find it for themselves.

Well, the thing is this “tartan” isn’t really a true tartan and (as far as I have ever been able to discover) is not discernibly based on a registered design.

It is what’s best described as a Fashion Tartan - i.e. something randomly made up by a weaver for sale as a tartan-like fabric.

The thing that makes the Sixth Doctor tartan distinctively NOT a clan tartan is the pattern repeat.

If you’ve been reading this and wondering what all the tartans I’m showing you to the right, they are genuine clan tartans, all of which demonstrate the classic mirror pattern repeat.

If we were to tag the bands of red and black with a number, the pattern repeat would run 1-2-3-4-5-6-5-4-3-2-1. This sequence is the same horizontal and vertically, giving you the typical criss-cross grid pattern, and creates quite a complicated looking design from a very simple and limited sequence, i.e. the 1-2-3-4-5-6.

The Sixth Doctor tartan as seen here, is what is best described as a non-mirror, or step-and-repeat pattern.

So in this design the order of the stripes run 1-2-3-4-5-6-1-2-3-4-5-6 both vertically and horizontally.

So it got me thinking - what would the Sixth Doctor tartan look like IF it was classic mirror pattern repeat?

Here is it - just as a bit of fun.