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Kingdom of Costumes

Ray Holman has designed outfits for three Doctors, including the latest incarnation. During production of the 2018 series he took us on a tour of his costume department…

Welcome to the Kingdom of Costumes. “That’s its official title,” says Ray Holman, referring to the various workspaces, offces and trucks that facilitate Doctor Who’s costume-design work at Roath Lock Studios in Cardi…Ray is the show’s incumbent costume designer and he’s spared some time to take DWM on a tour of his domain.

“I do love all my Doctor Who Magazines,” Ray tells us when we meet him in the studio canteen. “I’ve had them since 2009. I have so many copies now, though, that once I’ve read them they have to go up in the attic at home.”

Of his time on Doctor Who, Ray notes that “I took over when Matt Smith .rst started, returned to design Peter Capaldi and now I’m back with Jodie…” Today he’s showing us some of the interesting stu.he’s acquired in his Roath Lock o ce, which is the .rst stop on our Costume Kingdom tour…

Ray's Office

Roughly halfway down a long corridor, we stop outside a door. ‘RAY HOLMAN – COSTUME DESIGNER’.

“The room tends to get a bit smelly so apologies for that,” says Ray. It doesn’t smell too bad today, and inside we meet Emma Burnand and Simon Marks.

“Emma and Simon are both the assistant costume designers. They prep with me then they leap-frog filming and designing. So while Simon is in the process of filming for one block, Emma is in the process of designing another block with me.”

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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 This unprecedented magazine features numerous rare and previously unpublished illustrations showing how the look of a Doctor Who episode evolves from sketch to screen, plus exclusive interviews with many of those designers including: •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)