One of the best things about traveling home across the Atlantic to visit friends and family in Wales is the chance to pop along and see all the latest costumes and props on display at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay, like Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor costume and TARDIS.
The Scottish actor's signature look as the twelfth incarnation of the Gallifreyan Time Lord was photographed on display on April 20, 2015, alongside other costumes and props from his season eight debut episode, 'Deep Breath'.
Compared to the fashion stylings of previous Doctors, this iteration prefers the stark simplicity of dark colours and a long Victorian-style coat (with a splash of red inside evoking Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor). Designed by Howard Burden in collaboration with Peter Capaldi, the look is completed with a buttoned up white shirt, waistcoat, skinny trousers and black brogue ankle boots.
In this episode a newly regenerated Doctor recuperates from post-regenerative trauma in Victorian London where along with his Companion 'Clara Oswald' and their allies the Paternoster Gang they encounter the 'Half-Face Man' and other clockwork robots from the crashed SS Marie Antionette starship masquerading as Mancini's Restaurant and its patrons.
worn by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
Clara changes into this green dress to blend in when she becomes stranded in Victorian London whilst the Doctor is recovering from his latest regeneration and she adjusts to his new face and personality.
Another highlight of this episode and the Doctor Who Experience exhibit on this visit are this trio of costumes belonging to the Victorian London era's Paternoster Gang, comprised of the reptilian Silurian 'Madame Vastra' (Neve McIntosh), her wife 'Jenny Flint' (Catrin Stewart) and their Sontaran clone butler 'Strax' (Dan Starkey).
Both Jenny and Madame Vastra see some action this episode, hence the corseted figure-hugging outfits, with the lace detailing giving them a nice period feel. I can't believe these kick-ass costumes wouldn't be a favourite with female Whovian cosplayers.
If you're a fan of the Victorian Silurian detective, you can also check out Madame Vastra's costume from The Snowmen Doctor Who Christmas special.
Be sure to stay tuned for more out-of-this-world costumes and props from the new episodes, plus fantastic classic Who monsters and villains on display at the ever-changing Doctor Who Experience exhibition.