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The Second Doctor

Cosplayers have discovered there’s more to recreating the Second Doctor’s outfit than you might think…
Shawn Levy and Jade Knight cosplay the Second Doctor and Victoria Water. eld from the 1967-68 series of Doctor Who.
Lee Williams dressed as the Second Doctor, recreating a scene from Episode Two of The Abominable Snowmen (1967).

In his early adventures the Second Doctor loves disguises. Whether it’s an 18th-century Scottish washer woman or an Atlantean marketplace hawker, he’s often dressing up as something he isn’t.

But the same applies even when he’s in his regular clothes. Because from the moment Patrick Troughton whips back William Hartnell’s old cloak and reveals that even his clothes have regenerated, he’s in a disguise. More than any other, this Doctor depends not on making sure everyone knows he’s the smartest person in the room but the opposite. Like Peter Falk’s Lt Columbo, he coaxes people into disregarding him as a nuisance and a clown, revealing the steel trap of his intelligence only when he’s ready to spring it. Ultimately, the Second Doctor isn’t really a ‘cosmic hobo.’ The cosmic hobo is the disguise.

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Contents include: • An exclusive interview with Jodie Whittaker. • The latest Production Notes from showrunner Chris Chibnall. • Former Doctor David Tennant discusses Jodie Whittaker. • Howard Burden recalls designing costumes for three different Doctors. • The second part of a candid interview with 1980s script editor Eric Saward. • What topped the DWM season poll? We reveal the results! • We talk to the team behind the Blu-ray special edition of 1973’s Planet of the Daleks. • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2005 story The Long Game. • Eric Saward previews his novelisations of Resurrection and Revelation of the Daleks. • Is Doctor Who a kids’ show? The Time Team decides. • How to recreate the Second Doctor’s ‘cosmic hobo’ style. • The final part of Herald of Madness, a comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!