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An Interview with a Random Seven Cosplayer.

I love Whovian cosplayers…

…particularly ones like this random guy, who was dressed as the 7th Doctor for no other reason than the fact that he felt like doing so!

I saw him at the Severn Vally Steam Railway (Worcestershire, UK) last weekend, travelling from Kidderminster to Bewdley, so I had to take a photo. At Bewdley station he posed next to a Post Office Public Call Box (not quite a TARDIS, but similar!) for me to take another snap.

I asked him if there was some sort of WHO-related meeting or event nearby.

"No," he replied. "There’s no particular reason why I’m dapper today; I just thought it’s simply a lovely day to be Seven."

I asked him to tell me a little more about his costume.

"It’s my interpretation of what Sylvester McCoy wore. It’s not entirely screen-accurate, but I never meant it to be - for instance; my jacket is just an off-the-peg blazer, my scarf is of the wrong pattern and my shoes are nothing like his - but I wanted to capture the spirit of Seven with this ensemble without slavishly copying it.

The pull-over is an officially licensed replica made by Dapol in the 1990s which I bought new, back then. The ‘brolly I made myself; the question-mark handle is deliberately slimmer than the real thing, and it’s a burgundy colour rather than bright red… more discreet - and maybe a little more stylish? - than the TV prop.”

I asked him how long he had been cosplaying WHO.

"About thirty years, I guess. When I was thirteen I had a set of cricket whites very similar to Peter Davison’s. I added the coat to the costume by dying a laboratory coat pastel-yellow and getting red piping glued on. It was rough-and-ready, but fun for conventions and such.

Doctor Who Cosplay is nothing new, but I’m thrilled to see the new generation of Whovians have taken it to a whole new level of excellence. Back in the dawn of fandom - the mid-to-late-1970s - probably 99% of British Doctor Who fandom consisted of adolescent boys, who’d be frequently mocked and bullied for their devotion to a science fiction TV show… believe me, I know. And things weren’t much better during the JN-T era, when I became a more active participant. So it’s hugely gratifying now to see that Doctor Who fandom encompasses a broad spectrum of ages and appeals to male and female alike.

It’s… somehow… legitimate and socially acceptable - cool, even - to be a Whovian and a cosplayer today, but this most definitely wasn’t the case during the Classic Era of the show. The enthusiasm and exuberance of the fans - many of whom weren’t even born when the original show aired - has made Doctor Who fandom the wonderful experience that it is right now… and old dossers like me, who have been in it since the beginning, should feel grateful and indebted to each and every one of these new Whovians.

And that’s what cosplay is really all about, isn’t it? Exuberance… loving life and not being afraid to show your true colours.”

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