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Anglo’s ‘Greatest Woman of Doctor Who Ever’ is down to two finalists — Rose vs Sarah Jane Smith:
Blonde/brunette, modern/classic, shop assistant/roving reporter – the differences between Rose Tyler and Sarah Jane Smith abound. But for many reasons, they are the two companions to which all others must be compared: Sarah Jane for creating the template that all succeeding companions have followed, and Rose for successfully ushering viewers into a brand-new era of the series. In short, Doctor Who as we know it today would not exist without these two women. But who is the greatest ever?
Voting ends Saturday, August 11 at 12 pm ET.
Anglo’s Fraser McAlpine shares his #newtoWHO story:
The appearance of Matt Smith on the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly will probably introduce a lot of people to Doctor Whofor the first time. And that’s quite a heady thought, imagining someone settling down to a show that takes so many bizarre things for granted. Why does his spaceship look like that? What does that green torch do? What’s a Time Lord and where is his manor?
If I really think hard, I fancy I can remember the regeneration from Jon Pertwee to Tom Baker, with the spiders and the blue crystal. But really I’m a Fourth Doctor man all the way; the jelly babies, the sonic screwdriver, the TARDIS and the scarf; K9, Leela, Sarah Jane Smith and the Romanas. And on the baddies side, I remember being petrified of The Robots of Death; I remember Davros shouting like a Dalek; I remember the one-eyed and brain-faced Scaroth from City of Death; but mostly I remember the ritual of watching, the little bits of toast with egg on them, and cringing at that cyber-shriek that ushered in the credits at the end of every episode.
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There’s also a great close up of Arthur with a sharpie so go check out the story on Anglophenia
Over the years, Doctor Who fans have become well-acquainted with stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat. But this year’s San Diego Comic-Con has offered many American Whovians their first chance to press the flesh with new executive producer Caroline Skinner (whose first Who work we saw in the 2011 Christmas special). The former EP of the BAFTA-winning The Fades turned up at BBC America’s booth today (July 14) for a signing, and she immediately showed off her skills with a Sharpie with her sketch of a Dalek on the signing table.
Our siblings over at Anglophenia have a photo gallery of even more Whovians in Dalek hats including our favorite celebrity Whovian, Chris Hardwick.
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: