Patches and badges and pins oh my!  My Ace jacket is coming together.  Well at least the stuff that goes on it is coming together - I think the jacket itself is too small, bah.  The jacket itself fits, but for Ace, it needs to be more oversized.  It’s definitely puffy and big, but not baggy enough.  I think rather than attempting to order again online I’ll have to track it down in store to confirm it’s got the right look. 

You know, it’s rather ironic that I spent more than a year working to lose weight and look good in costume, and what costume do I choose to do but one that is notorious for making people look huge and puffy.  One of the first things that hits you about Sophie Aldred when you meet her in person (aside from hearing her talk and going OMG it’s ACE!) is that she is tiny.  That wasn’t something I expected having watched her in that big puffy jacket.

Much like Rose Tyler in 2005, and long before Buffy, Xena, and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica were lauded for capable female characters [and] progressive story arcs, - Ace became the emotional core of Doctor Who. While more adult connotations were initially vetoed by producer John Nathan-Turner, in companion terms Doctor Who was poised to step closer to the real world. Far from distracting from the character of the Doctor, this actually allowed the Time Lord to be viewed more as an enigma - removed from humanity but forever its champion. While we may never truly identify with the Doctor, here we had arguably the first companion, we all either knew, could be, or could spot on the street.

Disproving the theory that a companion’s main role is to provide exposition, themes of teenage angst, racism, and sexuality all presented themselves in young McShane - a notable first for not only Doctor Who, but all genre TV of that age. Unaware of the significance of their actions, Andrew and his colleagues were formulating and plotting decades ahead of their time, “I only realised how different it was from the standard template years later. At the time, I just knew I liked it.”