As anyone who knows me, I have no sense of fashion or style. Never have. Don’t see the point.
But as I am still recovering from this past weekend I found this article, which for a mainstream sight I thought was interesting and would interested in your thoughts.
Stylist Magazine UK: We all know that bow ties are cool and that a pinstripe suit doesn’t look really great unless you’re wearing a pair of Converse trainers. But what of the women in the Doctor’s life who have also proved their sartorial worth?
In light of the 50th anniversary coming up next month, we’ve looked back at all the best fashion moments in Doctor Who.
Zoe Heriot’s sparkly jumpsuit
While companion number 13 sported a variety of superb outfits, opposite the second Doctor Patrick Troughton, it was this sparkly jumpsuit which we’d quite like to borrow the most. She’s so cool, a fan has even created a YouTube tribute to her (sound tracked by Lady Gaga, no less)
River’s glamourous look
In terms of Doctor Who, River is a veritable sartorial chameleon. Witness how she goes from elegant formal wear, paired with red nails and Marilyn Monroe hair, to army fatigues in The Time of the Angels.
Lily Cole played the ethereal siren (who turned out to be a virtual doctor, natch), in The Curse of the Black Spot, and grabbed any unwell members of the crew the Fancy ship. And really, what could be more fashionable than having an actual supermodel star in Doctor Who?
And probably the most copied Cosplay outfit of 21st Century Doctor Who:
Amy Pond, The Kissogram.
I still wonder how business in Leadworth was to begin with, but that’s a subject for another day…
And of course the most “get the dad’s watching” outfit ever:
This character was meant to fit the mould of George Bernard Shaw’s Eliza Doolittle, so the writers came up with Leela who was a member of the warrior Sevateem tribe. While she was intelligent, she didn’t understand technology, and so her primitive appearance matched her savage ways. It’s what we like to call tribal chic.
But here’s one from Me (like “everything is better with Bacon” everything is better with Sarah Jane Smith):
I venture back into one of my favourite era, Patrick Troughton’s to look at the personage of Wendy Padbury. “Padders” as Frazer Hines calls her.
She played Zoe Herriot, computer genius from the then-future.
She went onto be a talent agent, She is now retired and is living in France, having previously been a theatrical agent with Nicholas Courtney, Colin Baker and Mark Strickson, all former Doctor Who actors, amongst her clients. She discovered Matt Smith at the National Youth Theatre.
The audio is not the best: so if you go to http://drwhointerviews.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/wendy-padbury-2009/ you can read it.
And if you think Donna Noble is the only character ever mind-wiped, you’d be wrong.
Wendy’s Zoe had a very endearing quality to her, on that a certain other mathematical genius later on (Adric) wouldn’t have.
She was charming. Wendy Padbury is charming.
Though a lot of episodes from this era are missing some of them have also been restored by animation as in The Invasion where the missing episodes were covered by animation over the original soundtrack.
The DVD The Lost Years Contains 2 episodes of The Wheel in Space and 1 of The Space Pirates.
The team of the charming Pat Troughton, the brave and loyal Jamie, and the Genius of Zoe is one of the better teams in Doctor Who’s history and one of my favorites.
But let’s not ignore the elephant in the room, as Frazer Hines said in 2005:
“He <Patrick Troughton> blew his top once, with Padders and I, because he had this long speech and he kept fluffing it on the third line. Once an actor starts to corpse, it’s very difficult. I said ‘Patrick, you’re paid a fortune to learn these lines, I’m paid to get the girls watching and Padders is paid to stop the Dads doing the gardening, Patrick you’re paid to say these lines’, so then he did the speech again, he got over the line, he looked at us, then he dried on the next line.”
Wendy in 2005:
“Tristan de Vere Cole directed ‘The Wheel in Space’ and he was a great help, because obviously I was the new girl and scared. I looked to him and he helped me a lot. The other nice thing about ‘Doctor Who’ was that with each story, it wasn’t just a new director coming in, it was a new everybody, so after that first one, I wasn’t the new girl, I was the old girl! I liked Zoe to start off with, because I think she was slightly different from a couple of the others, who screamed a lot. She was an astro-physicist and was supposed to know what was what – she was fairly intelligent. Sadly, I think with each consecutive story it was watered down, until I became a screamer again.
“I liked the Ice Warriors – they really gave me the creeps. I don’t know why. I’d sit in make-up with the guys who played them having coffee, and waiting for their make-up to go on, which took hours. But as soon as we started recording one, they really gave me the creeps.
“We never went anywhere terribly glamorous. We did go to Brighton rubbish dump, which was really nice! It was always nice to go away filming, though, it gave you time to think, because it’s much slower, much more like rehearse / record. Everyone was cold – we were filming in constant rain for ‘The Krotons’. There were rats crawling around that you wouldn’t believe! I had a mini-skirt on and my dresser used to bring her fur coat. There was a little bottle of brandy in the pocket, which believe me you needed – it was freezing.
“I remember very little about ‘The Dominators’. I remember Ronnie Allen and I remember the director, Morris Barry. I found him a bit suffocating – we weren’t really allowed to come up with any ideas on that one, we were just told to get on and do it.
“The Mind Robber was my favourite story – there were lots of problems with the script and Frazer got chicken pox and it was all so hectic we just ploughed through it all. But Emrys James was wonderful, and so was David Maloney, who directed lots of my episodes. I really loved that one – I remember the toy soliders, the forest of trees which were like a maze of letters and the set where everything was white.
“I really thought as Pat and Frazer were going, it just couldn’t be the same, so I thought it was an ideal time to leave, really. I’d had no set idea of how I wanted to do it – I can’t even remember how one was contracted at the time. I think we had various contracts along the way and the three of us came to an end at the same time.
And what blog about this time in WHO’s history would not be complete without a practical joke by the team of Troughton and Hines:
“One of the most embarrassing moments actually happened during rehearsals of one of the Cyberman stories, I think I’d had a late night and I came into the rehearsal room not looking my best. Pat, Frazer and I were sat down learning our lines for a scene, and I was wearing a kilt, quite a short kilt, and Pat and Frazer sat either side of me. I have to say here that we were rehearsing in a church hall, which is quite relevant to the story. So we sat down, and because I’d had a late night I sort of nodded off, and suddenly I got two elbows in my ribs, with Pat and Frazer either side of me, saying ‘Quick, quick, you’re on!’, and I shot out of my chair and they’d undone the kilt, so I shot into the rehearsal room in my knickers. I was so embarrassed, I ran out of the doors and bumped into the vicar. I curtsied and ran into the ladies toilets.
Always the Lady, even kilt-less..That’s our young teenage genius…
The Wheel in Space
The Mind Robber
The Seeds of Death
The Space Pirates
The War Games
The Five Doctors (Cameo)
Gallifrey One, Guest Banquet (2009)
She is in the center of the picture wearing black, next to Frazer.
The Tilted Kilt
No, I don’t mean the restaurant! 🙂
Bow Ties may be cool now, but in the late 60’s a Kilt was HOT!
Enter James Robert “Jamie” McCrimmon.
A piper of the Clan McLaren fighting the hated English at Culloden in 1746. He was a companion of the Second Doctor for every story except the very First Troughton episode and a regular in the programme from 1966 to 1969. Making him the longest serving companion in the show’s history (depending on how you count Elisabeth Sladen’s episodes and include The Sarah Jane Adventures).
And the actor who played him, Frazer Hines. Isn’t bad either.
There was such chemistry between them. It was electric.
They just sparked off each other.
And they aren’t bad at conventions either.
This clip is from Gallifrey One this year and is the end of a story about one of the more famous practical jokes that was played on Deborah Watling by Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines.
The story is set in the London Underground and Victoria is missing…
And Frazer is a rabid punster and tells tons of bad jokes well.
He and Patrick Troughton even guest starred in “The Two Doctors” with Sixth Doctor Colin Baker and Peri (Nicola Bryant).
Jamie was the best friend of the Second Doctor and the Big Brother to Victoria and the the Annoying Brother to Zoe. They were a family like you wouldn’t see for decades to come.
That’s another reason why I love this era of the show so much.
He was even mention in a David Tenant Episode, “Tooth and Claw”:
- Season 4
- The Highlanders
- The Underwater Menace
- The Moonbase
- The Macra Terror
- The Faceless Ones
- The Evil of the Daleks
- Season 5
- The Tomb of the Cybermen
- The Abominable Snowmen
- The Ice Warriors
- The Enemy of the World
- The Web of Fear
- Fury from the Deep
- The Wheel in Space
- Season 6
- The Dominators
- The Mind Robber
- The Invasion
- The Krotons
- The Seeds of Death
- The Space Pirates
- The War Games
- 20th anniversary special
- The Five Doctors (cameo)
- Season 22
- The Two Doctors
Mentioned by the Tenth Doctor in “Tooth and Claw”