Thursday, 4 August 2016

TOPMAN Burgundy Slub Longline T-Shirt

Opinion online seems to be that the dark red t-shirt at the bottom of Peter’s look for the Valencia filming is, like the jumper, from Topman.

They seem to still be available on the Topman website, and presumably inistore.

As ever, catch them while you can!

TOPMAN - Burgundy Slub Longline T-Shirt

TOPMAN Moth Distressed Knit - detailed pictures

Before the images disappear from the internet forever, I thought I’d share with you the official detailed views of the new Moth Distressed jumper Peter is wearing for series ten.

Here is the back of the jumper.

The jumper is an amazing rip-off of the Paul Smith original, but I guess it is sufficiently different to avoid a copyright lawsuit!

And here is a close up, showing the distressed holes a bit better.

I’m kinda surprised no-one noticed it as an alternative the the Paul Smith shirt before it got used in Doctor Who itself.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Moth Distressed -
the US name for LADDERED!

If you have missed out on getting your hands on the new hole-ridden jumper from Topman in the UK, there’s a chance you can still secure one - in the US!

An America online reseller still appears to have stock - but just to confuse things they have renamed the jumper as the MOTH DISTRESSED LONG SLEEVE KNIT, as opposed to the original UK name, Black ladder Crew Neck.

If you want to find one I suggest you act soon as they are likely to be sold out before you can say Raxacoricofallapatorious!!!

NORDSTROM - Topman Moth Distressed Long Sleeve Knit T-Shirt

Saturday, 30 July 2016

TOPMAN black ladder crew neck

I’ve been reading rumours that Peter is wearing a notable new jumper.

You may remember that from the middle of series eight Peter started wearing an ill-fitting and looking black jumper from Paul Smith.

Full of designer holes it was well over £300 when bought new at their stores and having only been made in limited numbers, was quickly sold out.

it’s not uncommon for other retailers to pick up on new trends and style and produce their own version of garments. This has been useful to cosplayers in the past when it has been possible to find cheaper versions of look-a-like garments in stores two or three seasons down the line.

What appears to have happened is Topman have followed this pattern and made their own version of the Paul Smith jumper, calling it their Black Ladder Crew Neck Jumper, and it is this that has been picked up by Hayley Nebauer for the latest look The Doctor is sporting for filming in Valencia.
I have heavily brightened the cropped image to the left so you can see the holes showing through the deep red t-shirt below.
As is typical for new costume garments, the jumper is already sold out online, but I have been reading that in-store stocks are still around if you are willing to do the footwork to track one down.

At the moment that seems to be the only option.

TOPMAN - Black Ladder Crew Neck Jumper

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Doctor Who mag - ANOTHER new coat??

Today I found the latest issue (502) of Doctor Who Magazine on my doormat.

It’s the first issue to feature new imagery from series ten, currently in production.

Not unsurprisingly the cover features Peter in his new costume, alongside Pearl MacKie as new companion Bill and Matt Lucas as returning as Nardole.

As an aside, that TARDIS doesn’t look quite right to me - it looks more like a Tennant’s version than the Capaldi, but I might be wrong.

Now, am I the ONLY person so far to spot that this is NOT the same coat that Peter has been seen wearing so far on location for series ten?

From what we have seen, the new coat is a black velvet frock coat-style, with a light blue lining.

Obviously the coat in this photo is also black with a light blue lining, but looking closer the way the shoulder is catching the light it is not velvet and looks more like a wool coating cloth, akin to the previous navy blue crombie-style coats he wore in series eight and nine.

Furthermore, although it has been covered by the hood of the hoodie, the velvet coat has a revere lapel (where the lapel tip points upwards instead of down) and this coat clearly has a conventional downward pointing lapel with a classic single faux-buttonhole.

The edge of the lapel is also topstitched, whereas the new velvet coat is not.

It’s hard to see the closure buttons, but these do not appear to be the new mother of pearl style vintage buttons and look a lot darker, possibly being the same black horn buttons as on the crombies.
NB: I have massively lightened the image below to pull out some detail to show the buttons and lining.
The lining, although the same colour as the velvet coat, looks to be going to the leading edge of the coat in the same way as in the crombies (the new velvet coat has a distinctive step in the edge of the lining at the was it level).

So is this a new BLACK crombie with a blue lining?      What do you think?

Monday, 25 July 2016

Series 10 filming: it’s alright for some!

The Doctor Who crew are out on location again - this time it looks like they are in Valencia in Spain!

They kept that quiet - until now.

From the press release the BBC have issued, they are filming at the City of Arts & Science Museum for what will for episode two of the next series.

It looks to be a VERY striking building - very futuristic and worth a look.

The release includes a photo of the lead stars - taking a selfie outside the museum!

So, what clues can we green from Peter’s latest costume combination?

Well, he is wearing the new VELVET FROCK COAT with blue lining.

Under this is another new HOODIE TOP, this time in a burgundy colour.

Below that is some form of BLACK JUMPER.

And under that what looks like a new deep red coloured T-SHIRT.

It’s hard to keep up with all these new casual hoodies and t-shirts!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Burgundy velvet - a job in a rush

Blimey, I have been so busy lately.

As fast as I am making stuff I am getting new orders. It’s manic!

The last few weeks I have been engaged on a rush job for a client who needed one of my Capaldi Velvet coats as part of a wedding party taking place very soon.

Though I’d have liked a bit more time to do the coat, it wasn’t impossible to make it in the time allowed, so I agreed to take the job.

Today the client collected the jacket in person and before he did I took  these photos as I was very pleased with he result.

I am using a top quality screen-accurate velvet, along with the shot twill lining from the original source.

My buttons are screen-accurate real horn, with the matt red cuff button from the original shop ray Holman got his from, and my shiny cuff button, though not 100% screen-accurate, was seen by Ray and he approved it as a good substitute.

I am very satisfied how the coat drapes and sits. Velvet is a notoriously difficult fabric to work, but through the multitude of coats I have been making lately, I feel I have mastered the manipulation of this cloth.

The design of the coat is simple in its cut, but can be tricky in its assembly.

Keeping a good drape on the front of the coat where the lining comes right to the leading edge is deceptively challenging.

I’m relieved to have competed the coat in time for the wedding, and hope the client enjoys wearing it.

Friday, 1 July 2016

JOHN LEWIS NAVY Mason Cotton Waistcoat

This week saw the second variation of costume for series ten.

It included a new casual waistcoat.

Going back a couple of series, a key part of The Doctor’s costume like this would have been custom made. Think of the deep purple Prince Of Wales check worn by Matt Smith in Day Of The Doctor (and Capaldi for his regeneration); also the black formal waistcoat worn by Capaldi at the end of his first series.

But he’s not worn a custom-made waistcoat since Death In Heaven - all waistcoats since then have, unusually (in my opinion) been off-the-peg, mainly from TM Lewin.

This waistcoat is now no exception, having been sourced from John Lewis.

It goes without saying they are sold out online, but if you are willing to make the effort and go out to the high street you can still find them in-store.

JOHN LEWIS & Co. Navy Mason Cotton Waistcoat

Monday, 27 June 2016

Series 10 filming: The Return Of Matt Lucas

After Friday’s surprise reveal of The Doctor’s new black velvet frock coat, filming continued today at Cardiff University.

Not only was there the further surprise of Matt Lucas joining the crew to start filming his return to the series, but we also got ANOTHER new costume variation.
You can see an in-depth gallery from the days filming here

So what clues can we green from these photos?

Peter continues to wear the new VELVET FROCK COAT with blue lining.

Under this is the new HOODIE TOP, as worn before.

Below that is a new DARK BLUE WAISTCOAT, worn with only the top button done up. It has a laid in collar and flapped pockets. Very fancy.

Under that appears to be a navy blue or BLACK T-SHIRT, and under that there could even be a further LIGHT BLUE T-SHIRT (if you look closely there is a flash of this at his waistline.
You can read a couple of good press reports on the filming, with accompanying photos, here

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Hayley Nebauer - new costume designer?

I spotted something VERY interesting on Facebook last night.

There is a closed group for costumer designers and people in the industry to network and exchange ideas as well as recruit staff for short contracts on current productions.

Last night an appeal for an experienced costume supervisor appeared in the group, posted by Heyley Nebauer.

What caught my eye was that it was for a television series; the period for which the role covered; and where it was being filmed.

Could this be Doctor Who? If so, is Hayley Nebauer the new costume designer?

This would make some sense as I gather Ray Holman was pre-booked for the third and final series of Broadchurch, leaving the Doctor Who position open.

Hayley has worked on a number of series in her time, including The Musketeers, which comes to a conclusion later this year.
You can read Hayley’s online CV here
Hayley Nebauer - Costume Designer

NB - I have posted this article retrospectively as at the time I did not want to cause problems for Hayley as she settled into her new role. Since her posting appeared on the costume group, she has deleted her Facebook account and the advert has disappeared. I think this is rather sad.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Misty Mountain t-shirts -

I’ve had a number of readers contact me recently asking about the Label Lab t-shirts worn during series nine, and if I know anywhere to get one.

The House Of Fraser originals are now long out of stock, and impossible to find online or on the high street, but I have an option for you if you are still looking.

Teaming up with a friend of mine, I have a half dozen original, unworn shirts for sale in sizes Large and Extra Large. These are with original labels and sealed in their pas-supplied ackaging.

Stocks are VERY limited, so get in touch as soon as possible if you are thinking you want one.

Please be aware the price of the shirts reflect their scarcity and shipping is extra, so let me know where you are so I can quote you the costs involved.

If you want a Misty Mountain t-shirt, please mail me at 
while stocks last.

Sadly I do not have any of the Negative Flower shirts, only the Misty Mountain version.

Monday, 15 February 2016

The Twelfth Doctor -
as played by THE WAR DOCTOR!

Ever wondered what might have been?

What if The War Doctor was STILL The Doctor?

What if he said that immortal speech from The Zygon Inversion?

Well at Gallifrey One this year, as part of his stage talk on the Sunday, legendary actor Sir John Hurt did just that!

See more of Sir John Hurt reading classic Doctor speeches
as The War Doctor here
The Third Doctor
as played by THE WAR DOCTOR!
The Fourth Doctor
as played by THE WAR DOCTOR!

To my surprise, The Radio Times’ website has picked up on my videos and shared them online!
Watch John Hurt re-read some of
Doctor Who's most iconic speeches
as The War Doctor