sixth doctor cosplay

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Cosplay Couture interpretation of the 6th Doctor

Costume by Courtney Coulson

Photography by Luke Milton

Location: Claremont Showgrounds

Arrogant, brash, bold and dressed to kill (your retinas), a designer has only two options when tackling such a character, you either fear it, or you charge into it with reckless abandon like the Doctor charges into danger. I’ll admit, he was one of the last Doctor’s I designed as the drawings went through many phases. I must thank Steph Cullingford for sending me tons of inspiration photos, she’s my superhuman research department of one.

All of my Doctor’s reflect a certain period in history and once I decided to draw inspiration from the era old Sixey’s episodes aired in, things became easier. The 80’s were bright and bold and joyfully tacky, it just works so well. The jumpsuit too, was a natural choice, they’re unusual, they always make a statement and it would be the only one in this series.

This might have been one of the most fun to shoot too, Six is such dramatic character to emulate. I got to go big with my performance, somehow the more ridiculous the pose or expression, the more it worked.

I must admit, growing up I didn’t have any exposure to Six’s run at all, the grown ups would direct me to pretty much any other Doctor. Well having given Six my full attention in preparation for this shoot, I say that while there was a lot of studio drama, Colin Baker is a fine Doctor. There are plenty of great episodes in his run and what’s more the audio dramas really give him the freedom to give Six a bit of long needed justice.

-Courtney Coulson

Those colours! Those colours are such a challenge, but its a costume that sells itself. This costume does all the work for you. It’s about pointing the camera at it and trying not to get hurt!

-Luke Milton