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The Fourth Doctor Season 18 Costume

The style of Doctor Who took a dramatic departure for Season 18 in 1980. This reinvention extended to the Doctor himself…
Cosplayer Peter Nolan in his Season 18 Fourth Doctor costume.

Every Doctor’s costume has evolved between their first and last stories. Sometimes it’s only a minimal change, as when Peter Davison swapped his cricket jumper and stripy trousers for a slightly different cricket jumper and stripy trousers. Other times it’s a subtle streamlining or perfecting of the same basic idea, as with Patrick Troughton’s costume.

But it’s rare for a Doctor to pretty much throw out their original look in favour of a new one. Matt Smith did it, with only a love for bow ties surviving into the post-Amy Pond era. And Tom Baker famously did it. For his final season, the new broom of incoming producer John Nathan-Turner reinvented the show’s music and titles – even its approach to basic storytelling. JNT also commissioned costume designer June Hudson to come up with a whole new look for the Doctor. One in which only the concept of an impractically long scarf would endure.

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Issue includes: • An exclusive preview of the animated Macra Terror • Anneke Wills and Frazer Hines recall the making of the original Macra Terror • A lost Dalek story from 1966 – and the previously untold story of its celebrated writer • A tribute to 1960s Doctor Who producer Innes Lloyd • An interview with Mark Troughton about his famous father • Writer Stephen Gallagher tells DWM about his new take on the 1981 story Warriors' Gate • The second part of an exclusive interview with Season 18’s script editor Christopher H Bidmead • How did the Doctor become such a rebel? DWM investigates how the series changed during the 1960s... • Part Two of Herald of Madness, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • Cosplayers recreate the Fourth Doctor's Season 18 style • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2007 story Gridlock • Our verdict on Tom Baker's Doctor Who novel Scratchman and the Season 18 Blu-ray box set • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!