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Doctor, I married him

An increasing number of couples are incorporating Doctor Who into the most important day of their lives. But why? DWM investigates...

The double doors swung open, Murray Gold’s ‘Clara’ theme came on over the speakers, and there was my wife – or rather, soon-to-be wife – looking beautiful in her flowing white dress. This was the start of my Doctor Who-themed wedding. It was subtle, at first. There was the music, the bridesmaids in their TARDIS blue dresses and the ‘Geronimo’ sign that greeted Carrie-Ann (that’s my wife, by the way) as she walked down the aisle.

I wasn’t dressed explicitly as the Doctor (although I was wearing a bow tie, of course). I had walked into Moss Bros a few months prior and accosted an unfortunate sales assistant, telling him of my desire to dress like the Time Lord.

“I’m afraid we don’t do fancy dress, sir,” he replied politely.

‘ Type “Doctor Whowedding” into Google, and you’ll get 73,000 results.’

“Ah, no, I don’t want to be the Doctor, I want to look like the Doctor. Imagine that I am the next person to play the eponymous hero, and you are the lucky devil tasked with finding my new outfit.”

He stared blankly at me and, after a few moments of awkward silence, I went next door and bought a suit that I thought the Eleventh Doctor might wear… had the BBC costume department shopped at John Lewis.

Doctor Who could be found throughout everything we did during our big day. We were married at Pinewood Studios, a location famous for Star Wars and James Bond, but one that has also seen some TARDIS action down the years – it was where Steven Moffat’s 1999 Comic Relief Special, The Curse of Fatal Death, was recorded.

Our vows included an adapted quote from the Doctor Who episode Hide (the one about holding hands and not letting go), while bowls of Jelly Babies were found scattered around the venue.

But there were more overt references, too. Our guestbook was designed like River Song’s diary, complete with a sonic screwdriver pen for guests to write with. Our wedding cake had an entire TARDIS embedded into it, beautifully crafted by my sister-in-law, while our makeshift photo booth included a fez, a Tom Baker scarf, two sonic screwdrivers and a cardboard pop-up Dalek.

Putting together the wedding was not as challenging as you might think. Type the words ‘Doctor Who wedding’ into Google, and you’ll stumble upon over 73,000 results, and it has almost become a booming wedding sub-business in its own right.

Websites like Etsy and Notonthehighstreet.com are filled with independent sellers that have put together paraphernalia that is perfectly suited for Doctor Who weddings (think cake toppers, invitation designs, even cutlery).

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Contents include: A celebration of the classic Target Book covers, including interviews with artists Chris Achilleos, Jeff Cummins and Andrew Skilleter; executive producer Brian Minchin on casting the new companion; an interview with actress Clare Higgins, who plays Ohila, leader of the Sisterhood of Karn; an in-depth look at immortality in Doctor Who; The Fact of Fiction examines two pivotal adventures – Warriors' Gate and The Night of the Doctor; The Time Team watch The Vampires of Venice; a guide to Doctor Who weddings; comic strip – Witch Hunt part 3, written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty; Relative Dimensions discusses cosplay for kids; a review of The Complete Series 9 box set; plus news, reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and the Wotcha column.
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