Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Screen-used costumes and props from Doctor Who's Robot of Sherwood...

Over its fifty plus year history Doctor Who has explored time, space and also a great number of literary heroes, like in the eighth season episode inspired by the legend of Robin Hood, 'Robot of Sherwood'.

Original costumes and props from
Doctor Who's Robot of Sherwood episode
Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood costume prop exhibit
Clara Robin Hood Robot of Sherwood costumes Doctor Who
Clara Oswald Robot of Sherwood costumes Doctor Who
Screen-used Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood props
Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood Medieval lute prop
Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood Medieval costumes
Here's a collection of cool costumes and props featured in the Medieval-themed episode photographed on display at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay, Wales on April 20, 2015.

Clara Oswald gown and Robin Hood costume
from Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood
Clara Oswald gown Robin Hood costume Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood
Tom Riley Robin Hood costume Doctor Who
Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood Medieval costumes
Traveling through Sherwood Forest in 1190 England, the 'Twelfth Doctor' (Peter Capaldi) and his Companion 'Clara Oswald' (Jenna Coleman) meet the infamous 'Robin Hood' (played by Tom Riley) and his Merry Men. This exhibit included Clara's Medieval red gown from the episode, plus this mannequin with Robin Hood's costume is also holding the golden arrow prize from the archery contest.

And you can't have a Robin Hood story without his arch-nemesis, the 'Sheriff of Nottingham' (played in this instance by Ben Miller). On this occasion the villain has found a crashed spacecraft and has taken control of the robotic men that piloted it, with a plan to conquer the world.

Costume worn by Ben Miller as the Sheriff of Nottingham
in Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood
Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood Medieval costumes
Ben Miller Sheriff of Nottingham costume Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood
Sheriff of Nottingham costume Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood
Sheriff of Nottingham costume Doctor Who
These Sheriff of Nottingham and Robot Knight costumes, by Series Costume Designer Howard Burden, are two of my favourites from this visit to the Doctor Who Experience exhibition.

In the episode the knight's Medieval helmet splits open to reveal the android's emotionless face within and its disintegration ray.

Robot Knight armour from Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood
Robot Knight armour Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood
Robot Knight Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood
Robot Knight armour Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood
Robot Knight armour Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood
Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood Robot Knight costume
Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood costumes
If you're a fan of the infamous Medieval archer and his Merry Men, be sure to also check out these original costumes and props from 2010's Robin Hood movie which starred Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.

Plus for more Medieval costume inspiration, you should also take a look at Kristen Stewart's coronation gown from Snow White and the Huntsman, plus Maureen O'Hara's Lady Godiva of Coventry movie gown from 1955.

For more cool suits of armour, enjoy King Stefan's costume from Maleficent and Terry English's armours from 1981's Excalibur movie.

Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood TV poster
Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood retro poster
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