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April 15th, 2019 15 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Special Costume Design

Few television programmes make the same production demands as Doctor Who. With such diverse settings as distant points in Earth’s history and alien civilisations in the far future, the series has always stretched the ingenuity – and resources – of its talented costume designers.

The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition features numerous rare and previously unpublished illustrations showing how the look of an episode evolves from sketch to screen, plus exclusive interviews with the following designers:

Lee Bender (owner of the Bus Stop boutique, which supplied outfits for Sarah Jane Smith)
Howard Burden (designer of the Twelfth Doctor’s costume) Ray Holman (designer of the Eleventh and Thirteenth Doctor’s costumes, and Doctor Who’s current costume designer)June Hudson (designer of the Fourth Doctor’s final outfit and numerous costumes for Romana) Barbara Lane (The Claws of Axos, The Dæmons, The Curse of Peladon etc)Amy Roberts (Image of the Fendahl, Full Circle, The Keeper of Traken etc) Alexandra Tynan (The Tenth Planet, The Highlanders, The Evil of the Daleks etc) Lucinda Wright (designer of Christopher Eccleston’s series as the Ninth Doctor)

Plus, the stars who wore the designers’ creations look back at their characters’ clothes:

  • Sophie Aldred (Ace)
  • Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler)
  • Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
  • Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint)
  • Anneke Wills (Polly)

Editor Marcus Hearn says: “I don’t think there’s ever been such a detailed and comprehensive look at the series’ costume design. Much of the new research for this issue was led by Piers Britton, who has an unrivalled knowledge of the subject and the kind of insight that makes you look at familiar episodes in a whole new light. Dr Britton looms large in this issue, but the whole team has done a fantastic job – other highlights include a rarely seen interview with the late Colin Lavers, who designed the Fifth Doctor’s costume, and a new interview with Barbara Lane. This is the first time Barbara has spoken about her work on the series since the mid-1970s, so we were delighted when we tracked her down. We’ve uncovered so much new information and so many fantastic images – we can’t wait to share it all with everyone!”

On sale from Thursday 18 April 2019 £5.99 (UK)

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Scott Martin

    April 18th, 2019 - 2:43pm

    I think I will get this, looks good! 🙂

  • James Guthrie

    April 18th, 2019 - 8:32am

    Just downloaded and had a quick skim – proper read over the weekend – and it looks superb, full of new interviews, unseen pics and designs (at least, they’re not familiar to me anyway), and decade specific articles. Well worth a fiver.

  • Si

    April 17th, 2019 - 3:39pm

    I hope in upcoming special editions they begin to cover the Twelfth Doctor just like they did for the Eleventh over 6 editions. They were great.

    • Gareth Pugh

      April 18th, 2019 - 1:16pm

      Si, I don’t think they will – they effectively moved that coverage for 12 into The Complete History. But I’m hoping somehow they will pick it up again for 13.

  • Sean Bassett

    April 15th, 2019 - 10:05pm

    They are really scraping the barrel with these Doctor Who Magazine Special Editions. It makes me wonder how much life there is left in them until they stop making them.

    • Anonymous

      April 16th, 2019 - 7:42am

      I think it looks good. I cant remember ever seeing anything about costume design in this much detail

    • The Flying Shark

      April 16th, 2019 - 8:08pm

      I agree with both of you-this is an interesting subject, but I wonder how much there is left to actually cover now? Although I’d love tenth anniversary retrospective issues for the new series with new interviews and reviews with creatives, guest cast who haven’t been interviewed in depth before, etc.

    • Gareth Pugh

      April 18th, 2019 - 1:32pm

      In all fairness I don’t think this topic can be seen as very niche and stretching things too thin (the one on fandom around the world last year, possibly a little more so). Having just seen the finished product, it’s packed with great and previously unseen stuff, well worth £5.99

  • The 14th doctor

    April 15th, 2019 - 4:29pm

    Looks great, how much is it?

    • booboo

      April 15th, 2019 - 4:40pm


  • mick

    April 15th, 2019 - 2:40pm

    When is this one out

    • booboo

      April 15th, 2019 - 2:44pm

      this week probably Wed/Thursday

  • Anonymous

    April 15th, 2019 - 9:47am

    Now this is a bit more like it

  • AB

    April 15th, 2019 - 9:37am

    Haven’t kept up with the magazine for a while but may check this one out – good idea for a special I think. Nice cover too.

  • Anonymous

    April 15th, 2019 - 9:17am



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