On Monday I got an email from the ABC Shop, and as usual the words ‘Doctor Who’ caught my eye. Usually I do skip past these emails because I buy all my Doctor Who DVDs from amazon.co.uk where they are way cheaper. Thankfully I read on because they weren’t trying to sell me something, they were letting me know about a Doctor Who night at their Modbury store… 3 nights away!
As soon as I could get to my nieces when they were done with school I announced that we had to get planning. Unfortunately their dad (who is also a big Doctor Who fan) didn’t want to go, which meant as well as costumes we had to try and organise getting there too. Modbury is about an hours drive, by public transport it takes much longer.
Molly was already set with her costume, she is part of a project I’m doing on the 11 Doctors, so she had her First Doctor costume ready to go. The day before I managed to pick Emily up some things to make an Amy Pond costume. After painting up some fake converses and tracking down a red wig, she was also set.
William Hartnell - The First Doctor
Chloe’s costume took days. She would come round after school and we’d do whatever measuring, shopping, painting, or sewing we had to do. Firstly the costume wouldn’t have even been possible without this tutorial. Looking at our costume you wouldn’t guess that we used theirs as a guide, but even though we didn’t have the time, skills, or materials to pull it off as well as them, everything we did was inspired by that costume. It was a really fun process, if not tiring. I was at the same time making myself a Weeping Angel costume, but I put most of my attention towards Chloe’s.
We started off with a white robe, some grey bedsheets, pantyhose, and a pair of gloves. I adjusted the robe so that it fit her better, and used this as a guide, sewing the bedsheet onto the robe, ‘trying’ to give it a crinkled effect like stone. We painted the pantyhose, gloves, and dress to that they were stiffer and appeared stony. The wings were made out of polystyrene. I grabbed the piece out of some packaging a while back because I knew it would come in handy later. Polystyrene can actually be quite expensive, so if you ever come across big pieces I recommend keeping them.
This was Chloe’s costume in the end:
No, none of the colours really match, and yes our ‘silver’ facepaint didn’t really give us the grey stoney look we were going for. But I’m so proud of how well she carried the costume off. She posed for plenty of pictures for me and others throughout the night.
Getting to the Doctor Who night was hectic. Initially the plan was to go BUS-TRAIN-BUS-CAR. Unfortunately our first bus ride was a lot later than expected, then the train wasn’t running. We ended up meeting my other sister at Oaklands (after she did an emergency staple shop so we could mend Chloe’s costume), rather than at her house in Prospect. We finally got on the road again after more stress when my phone went missing. At just after 7pm I got a message from my friend Sam asking where we were just as we pulled in to the Tea Tree Plaza car park.
Inside it was HECTIC.
Some of the crowd
ABC Stores aren’t huge (at least ours aren’t), and they’re generally pretty jammed with book and DVD shelves. Throw in a bunch of Whovians and you have a pretty tight squeeze. There were some games for the kids, that involved listing the 11 doctors in order, feeling in a box to pick which figurines were inside, and drawing competitions. There were also quizes. The girls were a bit disappointed that I didn’t answer any of the quiz questions, but it was so crazy, and I’ve never been a fan of quizzes where everyone shouts out the answer. I was happy to let others in the crowd answer and get the prizes, there were certainly plenty of them.
The Store Manager who was running all the quizzes
We still came home with what I would consider was our fair share of prizes. Chloe was lucky enough to win the best dressed child costume. The best dressed adult went to an amazing Cyberman costume. It was pretty cool to begin with, but when we found out he had made it himself I think our jaws may have dropped to the floor. Molly went and had a good chat to him, she was really interested in his costume. Once they handed out the best dressed prizes they split people into ‘Doctors’, ‘Villains’, and ‘Companions’. They then had lots of small prizes to give to other well dressed fans. Neither Molly or Emily got one, but Molly came up to us later with a sonic screwdriver in hand. Apparently the manager had found her and said he couldn’t find her when they were handing out prizes, but he thought her costume was awesome, so she ended up with a prize too. Chloe’s prize was the Doctor Who annual plus a small card with Karen Gillan’s signature.
Molly and Chloe with the best dressed Cyberman
Emily didn’t come away with a prize, which probably came down to the fact that I hadn’t had really any time to work on her costume. We bought her some small toys that were $3.50 each, but you could tell she was a bit disappointed. I want to save up for the next one to make sure that all the girls can come home with a proper toy. We had fun, so if buying them something they’d enjoy means a better chance of having another one, then I’m all for it. You can never have enough Doctor Who merch in my opinion.
It was a great night. There were heaps of people dressed up, I’ll be posting more of the photos on Kids Dressed as Doctor Who. We were all absolutely shattered by the end of it, we had a quick stop off at Macdonald’s on the way home, because I still hadn’t had any food, and then finally got home. They announced at the end of the night that it could be called a success, and we should look forward to another one in the future. We’ve kept this in mind so that planning starts sooner, and hopefully the next one won’t be quite so stressful, but just as fun!