Friday, May 1, 2015

Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor Who outfit and Deep Breath costumes and props on display...

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.

Original TARDIS and Twelfth Doctor costume worn by Peter Capaldi
Doctor Who TARDIS Peter Capaldi 12th Doctor costume
Peter Capaldi Twelfth Doctor Who costume
Peter Capaldi 12th Doctor Who costume
Twelfth Doctor Who costume
Peter Capaldi Twelfth Doctor Who costume
12th Doctor Who costume 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.

Doctor Who Deep Breath TV poster
Doctor Who Deep Breath TV poster
In addition to the Doctor's new threads, the exhibit also had a great selection of other costumes and props featured in the Deep Breath episode.

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.

Victorian London costumes and props 
from Doctor Who's Deep Breath episode
Original Doctor Who Deep Breath costumes props
Half-Face Man prop Doctor Who Deep Breath
Victorian London Doctor Who Deep Breath costumes props
Doctor Who Deep Breath Half-Face Man prop
Doctor Who Deep Breath Half-Face Man
Doctor Who Deep Breath costumes
Half-Face Man Doctor Who Deep Breath
Doctor Who Deep Breath costumes and props
In the sci-fi series this particular clockwork droid was played by Peter Ferdinando and this life-size replica used in the show complete with chair prop is pretty cool to see up close in person.

Doctor Who Deep Breath Victorian London costumes 
worn by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
12th Doctor Clara Doctor Who Deep Breath costumes
Doctor Clara Oswald Doctor Who Deep Breath costumes
Clara Oswald Doctor Who Deep Breath Victorian dress
Twelfth Doctor Deep Breath costume Doctor Who
Alongside the Half-Face Man you could also inspect some of the outfits worn by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the season eight opener, including the Doctor's nightshirt and tramp clothes costume.

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.

Original props and models featured in Doctor Who's Deep Breath
Doctor Who Deep Breath props
Hot air balloon model Doctor Who Deep Breath
Hot air balloon escape pod model Doctor Who Deep Breath
Screen-used Doctor Who Deep Breath props
Doctor Who Deep Breath Hot air balloon model
The Half-Face Man had bought the Maccini's Family Restaurant as a cover to help harvest human organs to be used as parts to repair their starship which had crashed on Earth in prehistoric times. Trying to escape from the Doctor he flees in a hot air balloon made from human skin, but ultimately falls to his death on top of Big Ben.

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).

Paternoster Gang costumes Doctor Who Deep Breath episode
Paternoster Gang costumes Doctor Who
Jenny Flint Madame Vastra costumes Doctor Who Deep Breath
Jenny Flint Madame Vastra costumes Doctor Who
Jenny Flint costume Doctor Who Deep Breath
Neve McIntosh Madame Vastra Doctor Who Deep Breath costume
Strax butler costume Doctor Who
Doctor Who Jenny Flint Madame Vastra costumes
Doctor Who Jenny Madame Vastra Deep Breath costumes
Doctor Who Paternoster Gang costumes
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.

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