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The Peasants and the Jewelled Prince

Odile Dicks-Mireaux made a brief but memorable contribution to Doctor Who, drawing on historical influences for the costume designs in The Visitation and Castrovalva.
Flamboyant highwayman Richard Mace (Michael Robbins) in The Visitation (1982).

The award-winning costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux has worked on such films as Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and, most recently, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise (2016). In the early 1980s, however, hers was one of the most memorable names on the end credits of Doctor Who.

Albert Foiret (Bernard Hepton) and Lisa ‘Yvette’ Colbert (Jan Francis) in Secret Army (1977-79).

Odile was born in Lyons, to an English father (Dicks) and a French mother (Mireaux), but soon resettled in London. “I’m really quite a Londoner,” Odile explains, “but I spent a lot of time in Paris. I went to school there for three months as a teenager.”

Back in London, Odile enrolled at the Central School of Art and Design in London. “In our foundation year we were jumping between theatre, fashion and fine art and I plumped for theatre design in the end because I felt I liked working in part of a team.”

On graduating, Odile joined fringe theatre companies before applying to the BBC in 1979.

Odile Dicks-Mireaux, pictured on 24 February 2016.
Photo © Angela Weiss/Getty Images.
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“History sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand... We’re all too small to realise its final pattern.” Doctor Who’s first journey in 1963 took viewers back to the Stone Age. Since then the TARDIS has visited many other landmarks in a unique chronicle of the Doctor’s favourite planet. Purely historical stories were once a mainstay of the series, but for more than 50 years significant periods in Earth’s past have provided evocative settings for more fantastical adventures. This unprecedented guide takes a trip back in time with the people, places and classic episodes that are essential parts of Doctor Who history.