The new Doctor Who series began this Easter and to celebrate we transformed a fan into 11th doctor Matt Smith. Liz Lamb has the details.
HE hadn’t even reached our television screens when the latest Doctor was already being hailed as a fashion icon. Played by actor Matt Smith, who was unveiled in the latest series of the cult programme on Easter Saturday, the 11th Doctor Who has been praised for his stylish threads, which include a traditional Harris Tweed hand-woven jacket.
Since publicity shots were released in July makers of the Harris Tweed have been overwhelmed by the level of interest in the cloth by fans. Smith’s jacket is a vintage 1960s piece made of genuine Harris Tweed and the particular weave is now set to be revived due to its renewed popularity.
Sixth-form student Scott Ampleford, 18, of Forest Hall, North Tyneside, is a huge fan of the cult series and likes nothing better than dressing up as his favourite Doctor Who, Tom Baker.
To celebrate the new series and the forthcoming Doctor Who exhibition at Newcastle’s Centre for Life, he agreed to be transformed into the new Doctor.
He says: “I have been a fan as long as I can remember. I have really been looking forward to the new series.”
Peter Baptist, artistic director of John Gerard, recreated Matt Smith’s ‘moppish’ quiff by creating a small plait from the long hair at the base of Scott’s neck before pinning up the excess and blow drying the rest of the hair using volumising mousse to lesson any anti-static and to straighten.
The bulk of Scott’s curls were pinned back flat to the head and the top layer of the hair had the new ‘Rough Muk’ product applied to create a natural shine. The side parting and quiff was then created in the style of Matt and fixed solidly using ‘Freeze and Shine’ spray by Paul Mitchell.
Scott was then kitted out in a Tweed jacket (£295) by Magee at Shorts of Corbridge, vintage bow tie £5 and boots £40 at Attica and a fine red stripe cotton shirt £40, adjustable elastic clip-on braces £22 and heavy cotton trousers £75, all by Austin Reed.
Scott says: “I think my transformation is brilliant. I love it.” The student is looking forward to sporting his new look at the BBC Doctor Who exhibition which opens at the Centre For Life in Newcastle on May 22.
It will feature memorabilia including Daleks, Cybermen, Ood and Judoon.
The Life Science Centre is asking Doctor Who lookalikes to send photographs of themselves for their website. The best ten who will get free entry on the morning of the exhibition opening.