Pam Downe takes charge of the TARDIS wardobe for the 60th Anniversary and Series Fourteen

We’ve known for some months that next month’s final episode for Jodie Whittaker would also be Ray Holman’s last episode as Doctor Who’s costume designer. But who could succeed the man responsible for over five series, designing costumes for every Doctor from Matt Smith on? We finally seem to have the answer: according to her online CV, Pam Downe will be taking over the role for the 60th Anniversary and for Series 14.

Downe is a respected costume designer of almost thirty years experience. One of her early projects, in fact was Neil Gaiman’s fantasy series Neverwhere in 1996. Set in the eerie parallel wonderland of London Below, if saw Downe devise looks for Patterson Joseph’s Doctorish Marquis de Carabas as well as Peter Capaldi’s Angel Islington.

 

One of Pam Downe's earliest, and most iconic, jobs was designing costumes for Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, including the Doctorish Maquis de Carabas (Patterson Joseph) (c) BBC Studios
One of Pam Downe’s earliest, and most iconic, jobs was designing costumes for Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, including the Doctorish Maquis de Carabas (Patterson Joseph) (c) BBC Studios

Other notable jobs included 2008’s archaeology adventure series Bonekickers – featuring Hugh Bonneville (The Curse of the Black Spot), Julie Graham (The Timeless Children) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Tish Jones). Although the series had its flaws, nobody denied it and its characters always looked fantastic. She was also costume designer in 2016 on the 1970s suburbia set horror The Enfield Haunting, starring Timothy Spall and Matthew MacFayden.

More recently, Pam Downe has been wardrobe designer on the sumptuous The Trial of Christine Keeler, historial sports drama The English Game, Tudor drama The Spanish Princess, and the satire set in the world of spin and celebrity agents, Ten Percent. Meanwhile, Funny Woman, starring Gemma Arterton as an actor leading a new sitcom, is currently in post-production and again features Dowes skill at recreating the glamour of the 1960s.

 

Neil Patrick Harris as the mysterious villain in the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary (c) BBC Studios/Bad Wolf
Neil Patrick Harris as the mysterious villain in the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary (c) BBC Studios/Bad Wolf

We’ve seen images of Downe’s new costume for David Tennant, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to see her new look for Ncuti Gatwa

We’ve already caught glimpses of some of Downe’s Doctor Who work, in the form of her radical reinterpretation of David Tennant’s look for the 60th anniversary, along with some of the costumes for Neil Patrick Harris’ mysterious villain. But we’ve yet to see any hint of what she has in store for Ncuti Gatwa’s Fourteenth Doctor. All we know for sure is that Gatwa has already said that, as you’d expect, he has a great deal of input into his Doctor’s look. But with unconfirmed reports that Series Fourteen stars filming in November we might only be weeks away for unveiling of the Fourteenth Doctor’s wardrobe!

 

Doctor Who Centenary Special - The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) - BBC Studios - Photos - James Pardon
Doctor Who Centenary Special – The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) – BBC Studios – Photos – James Pardon

Doctor Who returns this October with Jodie Whittaker’s final episode as the Doctor, ahead of the 60th Anniversary celebrations next year

 

 

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