Saturday 19 February 2011

Doctor Who Experience -
Seventh Doctor incarnation

This weekend (Sunday 20th February) sees the official opening of the Doctor Who Experience exhibition at London’s Olympia.

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.

I have already written a Full Review of the exhibition itself, but here is a more targeted write-up focusing on the items of interest to a Seventh Doctor fan and giving them a more detailed look.

As I don’t run a blog for the Eighth Doctor, I’m including him here - after all, he picked up the baton from the Seventh.

Although the thrust of the exhibition focuses on the current Doctor, with Matt Smith providing some personal input, there are still a few things here of interest to a fan of the original series.

First evidence of this are some large blow-ups of various covers to the Radio Times, which adorn the walls after you leave the interactive show.

Poor Sylvester had to share his only Radio Times cover with his predecessors for the Dimensions In Time week, whereas Paul McGann had the full backing on the magazine for his all too brief appearance, and you can pick both these cover out of the montage on display.

Moving on to their costumes, the Seventh Doctor is represented with what look like all screen-used items, though it is let down badly by the missing scarf; lack of panama hat; missing question-mark umbrella; and how the jumper is tucked into the trousers, but otherwise it’s great to see this.
(With the costumes not behind glass, I wonder if the missing items have been deliberately omitted in fear of thefts - which would be a shame if that was the case).

Since he never carried a sonic, you’ll now have to wait until the 1980s console room for a glimpse of something Seventh.

There is also a 1980s Police Box on display, but it is unclear if it relates to the either Baker eras, Davison’s or McCoy’s.

Does anyone out there know for sure?

The Seventh Doctor get representation in the Cyberman and Dalek displays, with a shinny and buffed head from Silver Nemesis and the special weapons Dalek from Remembrance Of The Daleks providing the source reference this time.

None of his other foes are on display, since a vast majority of them were sold off in the big Bonhams auction.
Most of them were made of foam rubber and latex, and had perished since their creation. To restore them to display status would have been prohibitively expensive, hence they passed that mantel onto the fans that invested in them.
The Eighth Doctor, not surprisingly, has minimal exposure in the exhibition, though obviously they could not skip him in the costume display. With filming of his adventure having been done in Canada, no-one made the effort to retain or return the costume to the UK, so the version here is a replica.
Pity they didn’t get a metre or two of the fan-done group run of waistcoat silk, but a good substitute was used instead.
Attention has clearly been paid to the frock coat, the fabric and colour it was made from, and the cut and design used.

You can read each of my other Doctor-specific reviews in appropriate blogs by clicking the links below.


  1. The Tardis is one of two boxes made by the design of Tom Yardley-Jones and was built either in 1980 or 1986 for Tom Baker's (or Colin Bakers's) Docor Who. It surved as The Tardis exterior for all the remaining Doctor Who stories until 1989. As I said There are two in excistance -this one and one owned privately (but still kept at The BBC)

  2. the TARDIS there is the MK2 made for trial of a timelord onwards where it and the MK1 were used by dr7 , it also appeared in charity skits promotions etc