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Ace’s Jacket

Ever fancied cosplaying your favourite Doctor Who characters? If you were wondering where to start, here’s our guide to recreating the jacket worn by one of the show’s best-loved companions
Christel Dee dressed as Ace.

Ace is my favourite Doctor Who companion. When I first saw her debut episode – Part One of Dragonfire, originally broadcast on 23 November 1987 – I immediately identified with the character. Ace, played by Sophie Aldred, is a teenager from 1980s Perivale. She travelled with the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) – or “Professor” as she frequently called him – until the series’ original run ended in 1989. Her backstory’s a bit of a mystery but we do know that she’s very independent. Ace is quite tomboyish and physical. She runs around a lot and beats things up, like the time she single-handedly destroyed one Dalek with a rocket launcher and deactivated another by walloping it with a baseball bat in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988). I do martial arts, so can relate to that aspect of Ace; and it’s because I connect so well with the character that I love to cosplay her.

Ace is cool and practical, and so is her costume. She wears a black MA-1 flight jacket covered with an array of badges and patches, funky patterned T-shirts, a black skirt with black tights or red tights with black shorts, and black Dr Martens shoes. This distinctive attire was largely inspired by what Sophie Aldred wore when she walked into the North Acton rehearsal rooms for the readthrough of her first Doctor Who episode in 1987. She was dressed in a pair of dyed black army shorts, a stripy blue-and-white T-shirt and black DM shoes. Script editor Andrew Cartmel immediately told her he liked the way she was dressed and that it might be a good look for her character.

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DWM 522 throws new light on Doctor Who's success in its early years, with exclusive interviews with two people who knew Terry Nation (the creator of the Daleks) well: his agent Beryl Vertue and his writing colleague Brad Ashton. Doctor Who Magazine 522 also includes: • New research which reveals the Dalek toys which never made it to the shelves • The story of the Daleks in print in the 1960s • Previously unseen interviews with Peter Capaldi • Comedian – and now Doctor Who writer – Susan Calman discusses her love for the Time Lord • Emma Freud, the organiser of Comic Relief's unprecedented Breakfast with the Doctors is interviewed • Christel Dee’s guide to cosplaying Ace • Part four of The Phantom Piper, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2006 Tenth Doctor story New Earth • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!