In one sense, getting the River Song look is harder than with other characters, simply because she rarely wears the same thing twice. However, the good news is that almost everything she does wear, she seems to make her own, and I’m not just talking about the astronaut suit.
So with River, it’s a case of doing an image search under her name, and finding the outfit you can most easily get the bits for. Then all you need to do is get the hair right (otherwise you’re on a hiding to nothing) and commence strutting. The strut is a good 40% of who River is. She’s never knowingly outfoxed, rarely flustered, and blessed with catlike charm. And she’s a little older than the Doctor’s usual companions, and far more assured.
The easiest River outfit is probably the all-denim affair from The Impossible Astronaut. None of these clothes should be hard to come by, and again, once you’ve got the hair and the poise, you’re done. Then there’s the army camouflage gear from Flesh and Stone, that’s not going to be too hard to track down.
So, here’s a slightly fiddlier costume to aim for, and one which is as close to the definitive River Song costume as it’s possible to get….
Here’s how to get the basic Martha, though:
1: Hair – Black and up. Very businesslike. Smart and out of the way, apart from the odd rogue strand deliberately hung across the face.
2: Jacket – zip-up burgundy leather windcheater, waist length. It’s a different color to the Rose Tyler jacket, but if you’re stuck, you could probably swap the one for the other. Martha and Rose are so physically different no one could really confuse the two.
3: Top – one of those vest-tops with lacy trimmings at the top, of a similar color to the jacket but a bit lighter, and a bit longer.
4: Jeans – boot cut, blue-black, stonewashed and long.
5: Shoes – as you can see, Martha likes her power heels. Something black and booty would be ideal.
6:Accessories – small golden hoop earrings and a subtle gold necklace. Couple of rings on her left hand.
1: Hair – Blonde, straight, centre-parted, no bangs, collar-bone length.
2: Jacket – deep purple leather windcheater with elasticated cuffs and a zip-up front. Waist length.
3: Top - deep pink sweater, scoop-necked and long enough to pop out of the bottom of the jacket to keep your bum warm.
4: Trousers – black. Straight legged or boot cut. Something a bit swishy around the ankle, is what we’re after here.
5: Shoes – black and shiny, round-toed and ready for running about it. Let’s not go mad with the heels.
6: Accessories – well apart from the massive Dalek-shooting gun, everything else is pretty minimal. No necklace or rings, some gold hooped earrings which remain tucked behind the hair. Warrior Rose keeps things simple.
And if all of this seems a bit obvious, you can always copy the Union Flag T-shirt look (with attendant ringlets) in the photo at the top.
Also: show BBC America your best cosplay photos for a chance to win Doctor Who prizes: Enter here
Long before he slithered into that Lycra suit, Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield caught the attention of Doctor Who fans with his appearances in two episodes back in 2007. And the soon-to-be household name recently spoke to Anglophenia’s Tom Brook about his part on the beloved sci-fi series…
If you take the TARDIS to London, what sights you would you see? Continuing our Brit List: Summer of London series, we reached out to the cast of Doctor Who for their favorite hidden spots in Britain’s capital. What’s Karen Gillan‘s favorite café in London? Arthur Darvill‘s must-visit museum? Alex Kingston‘s choice place to take a stroll? Watch our interview to find out:
Anglophenia has a first look at the first seven pages of the Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation crossover comic ‘Assimilation2’. Click the link to read.
Every Holmes needs a Moriarty, ever Scooby Doo needs an embittered janitor. The Doctor has the Master, a rival Time Lord who appears to be slightly more successful at Time Lording than his eccentric fellow Gallifreyan (fully working chameleon circuit on his TARDIS, for starters), apart from one problem: he’s mad. In fact, he’s mad and he’s bad, and most definitely dangerous to know.
Despite the many battles he has fought with the Doctor, there are still a few unanswered questions follow in his wake.
1: Who came first? The Master or the Doctor? And who needs the other more?
2: Unless a whole series of Time Lords called the Cake Shop Owner or the Blacksmith suddenly turn out to have existed all along, he and the Doctor are the two Gallifreyans who’ve picked job title names, and added the definitive article. Why?
3: Did the Doctor pick his healing name in opposition to the chaos and destruction caused by his former classmate? Or did the Master, on observing what a rogue Time Lord can get away with, choose to follow the Doctor and try to beat him, picking his name as a form of oneupmanship?
4: What does he actually hope to gain with all of his nefarious plans? He’s not really equipped to rule, being cruel and despotic and far, far too capricious to do anything other than turn countries, planets, galaxies upside down and then run off, giggling. In short, what does he hope to be the Master of? Despair? Or is he merely trying to spoil the Doctor’s day?
Answer these questions and more over on Anglophenia.
On November 23, 1963 (the day after the Kennedy assassination), the very first episode of Doctor Who premiered on the BBC. And the man behind the camera was Waris Hussein, then only 24 years old, completely unaware of the phenomenon the show would become and the legions of fans it would acquire. Well, here he is, with almost 50 years of hindsight, chatting with Anglophenia’s Jon Sarlin about the series’ origins as an educational program for children, casting William Hartnell as the Doctor (“he was very reluctant to accept this part…he was an established movie star”), and how the fan base has evolved over the years.
British comic star and TV personality James Corden (Gavin & Stacey, Doctor Who) has now made a return to Broadway in the comedy One Man, Two Guvnors — and U.S. critics are very impressed.
“Splendidly silly” are the words used by the New York Times in its assessment of the play. The Associated Press describes Corden flatteringly as “the king of fools on Broadway.” The New York Daily News asks: “Can we keep James Corden in New York for good?”
Although the play has been a big hit in London, there were some concerns that this British slapstick farce, inspired by an 18th Century Italian comedy called Servant of Two Masters, wouldn’t resonate with Americans
But judging by the laughter at a recent preview performance, Americans audiences are loving every minute of it.
Shortly after the curtain came down on opening night I asked Corden for his take on his Broadway debut — and what he made of all the talk of a possible Tony nomination.
Steven: “I don’t think the American fans care if we set the show in America — it’s not like they’re starved of shows set in America. It’s just a different backdrop for the story and something about Weeping Angels in New York seems to make sense to me.”
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See that bag behind Matt Smith and Karen Gillan? That’s my bag. That really shouldn’t be in this film at all. In the rush and fluster of getting to talk for a few minutes to the actual Doctor from Doctor Who (and his delightful companion), about the Doctor Who Convention, and the wondrous costumes people were wearing, I completely forgot to move it.
So, in the first of a series of interviews I did with the stars of the show, on-screen and off, here’s Matt and Karen discussing cosplay, how hard it is to recognize an Amy when you see one, and why Matt can’t wear tweed, but Karen can.