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 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.
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.
(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).
Does anyone out there know for sure?
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.
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.
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