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Forty-Nine Shades of Grey

From the Cybermen to the Second Doctor, Alexandra Tynan helped make television history – even if she didn’t realise it at the time.

They used to say that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren’t really there. Alexandra Tynan definitely was there. As a young fashion graduate living and working in London – the world’s newly minted style capital – she was closer to the epicentre of that decade’s culture quake than most. But her recollections don’t quite match the version in the history books.

“I never felt part of Swinging London,” says Alexandra. “There was Carnaby Street, and a lot of colour and action and movement around. But I was a bit right of field, in those days. A bit sort of ordinary and… basic.”

Above: Costume designer Sandra Reid (left) and production assistant Edwina Verner dress Doctor Who’s new monsters during .lming for The Tenth Planet (1966).

Below left: “I wasn’t the slightest bit interested in science .ction in those days,” says Alexandra Tynan. Photo © Leonard Johnston.

She bursts out laughing at this somewhat harsh assessment of her younger self, adding that, as a staffer in the BBC’s costume department, she did meet her share of pop stars.

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Few television programmes make the same production demands as Doctor Who. With such diverse settings as distant points in Earth’s history and alien civilisations in the far future, the series has always stretched the ingenuity – and resources – of its talented costume designers. This unprecedented magazine features numerous rare and previously unpublished illustrations showing how the look of a Doctor Who episode evolves from sketch to screen, plus exclusive interviews with many of those designers including: • Alexandra Tynan (costume designer in the 1960s who created the look of the Cybermen) • Barbara Lane (the designer of Azal, Alpha Centauri, the Axons and more – this is her first interview in over 40 years) • Lee Bender (designer and owner of Bus Stop, a boutique which supplied outfits for Sarah Jane Smith) • June Hudson (designer of the Fourth Doctor’s final outfit and many elegant costumes for Romana) • Colin Lavers (designer of the Fifth Doctor’s costume) • Amy Roberts (designer of Anthony Ainley’s Master) • Lucinda Wright (designer of Christopher Eccleston’s series as the Ninth Doctor) • Howard Burden (designer of the Twelfth Doctor’s costume) • Ray Holman (designer of the Eleventh and Thirteenth Doctor’s costumes, and Doctor Who’s current costume designer) Plus, the stars who wore the designers’ creations in Doctor Who look back at their characters’ clothes: • Anneke Wills (Polly) • Katy Manning (Jo Grant) • Sophie Aldred (Ace) • Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) • Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint)