Bridging the Rift #12: Costuming and Cosplay

Subwave Network album artWe’re joined by Johanna Mead, Masquerade Director for the Gallifrey 21 convention in Los Angeles, to discuss Doctor Who Universe costuming and cosplay.

We also look at creative reactions to the new Doctor Who logo and insignia, and look at your feedback to episode 10 regarding Second Life and ‘ming mongs’.

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Show Notes


@ 1 minute – We announce that, as of this episode, Bridging the Rift is moving to releasing episodes once every two weeks.

Johanna introduces herself:

Personal Site:

Time Travel – Episode Ten: Second Life

@ 3 minutes 10 seconds – We look at your feedback to our Second Life discussion:

Draculasaurus explores Second Life:

@ 6 minutes 15 seconds – We enter the feedback loop to discuss your comments on our comments on your comments in episode 10 on our comments in episode 8, with more on the Possibility Generator and some final words on the ‘ming mong’ question.

Creativity Corner – The New Logo

@ 9 minutes 10 seconds – We talk about our take on the new Doctor Who logo and insignia.

@ 15 minutes 55 seconds – We look at fandom’s reactions to the logo:

Gallifrey Base:
Who Daily:
Braxiatel Collection:

Attack of the Lens Flare! by Vicar on Gallifrey Base:
‘Improved’ by Braxietel:
Wildthyme on Braxiatel collection posted a screen grab from the Colin Baker opening to prove that lens flare’s traditional:
Vectorised without lensflare:

Darkwing Duck insignia by ManOfBats:
‘NAFF’ insignia by Tempus31:
‘Rejected designs’ by redscharlach:

Vortex of Mirth:
Logo comic:
Other Doctor Who strips:

Improvements and Variations:
Luke Pietnik’s alternative colours:
Swain used the colours from the current logo:
AnthariaJack produced an attractive Nebula background:
Paradox Machine altered perspective:
(All from Gallifrey Base)

Honourable Mention:
Logo Totem by jlfletch:

Braxiatel Collection Logo Challenge:
Siskoid ‘Bad Wolf’:

Main Discussion – Costuming and Cosplay

@ 21 minutes – Johanna tells us about her role as Gallifrey Masquerade Director and maintainer of the LiveJournal DW_cosplay community:

Gallifrey 21 Masquerade:
LiveJournal dw_cosplay:

@ 23 minutes 13 seconds – We look at the difference between costuming and cosplay.

@ 27 minutes – We talk about Doctor Who and Torchwood costuming and cosplay, and resources out there for people who want to make or wear costumes:

Costumes mentioned:
The White Robot:
The Dalekettes:
The Weeping Angel at Whooverville:
The Family of Blood Scarecrow at Whooverville:
Johanna’s costume album:
Nat’s non-Doctor Who costumes:

Costuming resources:
DW_cosplay community: – place for anime & other costumers:
Source for wigs, wonderflex and other materials:
The any-day-now DW costuming archive:

Some FANTASIC breakdowns of individual Doctor costumes by “Bob”, LJ user “wulfae” shared on the LJ community:
1st Doctor:
2nd Doctor:
3rd Doctor:
4th Doctor:
5th Doctor:
6th Doctor:
7th Doctor:
8th Doctor:
9th Doctor:
10th Doctor:
Old-School Cyberman:
A detailed reference of the question marks on the Doctors’ shirts:

Ace’s M1 Bomber Jacket Breakdown: (by LJ user warmcanofcoke)

The Doctor Who Scarf:

Johanna’s costuming tips:
If you’re going to buy ONE book to learn how to start sewing, I recommend “Singer Sewing Basics”. It’s a skinny blue hardback, which you can find in most used-book stores (don’t bother buying new, it’s ubiquitous) for about $5 or $6. Singer has a whole series of sewing books, of course, focusing on different topics, including “sewing with special fabrics” and that sort of thing.

And, for the construction-oriented person, you can’t miss a visit to – a great website for determining which adhesives will NOT melt the panels in your Dalek costume.

Next Time

@ 1 hour 13 minutes 45 seconds – Next time our discussion topic will be Fandom versus Rose Tyler.

If you have any feedback about any of the topics we’ve discussed, please leave comments on the blog at send audio feedback under three minutes to our GoogleMail address, or direct short comments @BridgingTheRift on Twitter.

Trocking Out

1 hour 14 minutes 20 seconds – We were hoping to trock out with a song about costumes, but we couldn’t really think of anything appropriate. The closest we got was possibly the most extravagant ‘costume’ to ever appear in Doctor Who – The Cyber-King, as ‘worn’ by Miss Hartigan!

Giant Robot by Time Agency:

7 Responses to Bridging the Rift #12: Costuming and Cosplay

  1. […] female fandom of Doctor Who. Johanna Mead, Gallifrey One costumer extraordinare and recent Bridging the Rift guest, talks about the book and her contribution to it.   AudioPlayer.embed("pod_audio_1", […]

  2. Sami says:

    Hi there, me again….
    Just mentioning another form of fan interpretation with costumes. I’ve seen a fair bit of female version costumes of male Doctor Who/Torchwood characters.
    I know I already have one planned for the future and my good friend has done a Fem Fifth Doctor costume.
    Just a fun little aspect of costuming I’ve seen arise in recent years.

    Also wanted to comment about the Dalekettes.
    I was lucky to have cosplayed with the three girls (known as Barbara, Edith and Cassie who called themselves Dalek Thay, Jast and Caan) just this last April in Brisbane.
    Just some random facts about the making of the dresses. The ears were plastic shot glasses and the Daleks bumps foam balls hot glued on.

    There was a mini photo shoot organised by the con on the day, and these are the photos from it.
    It also includes two great new series Cybermen, myself as Adric (not my best costume work sadly)

    Also, I’m already a member with dw_cosplay, but I’ve also a member of tw_cosplay at LJ, which is a similar (but slightly less active) LJ comm for Torchwood cosplay. Throught I’d share the link

    Great show as always, looking forward to the next show quite a bit ^_^

  3. great show.
    A neat look into Who cosplay.

  4. Craig says:

    Hi Nat and Katrina,

    A Few years ago I went to a fancy dress party as Tom Baker and even though I came replete with sonic screwdriver, scarf, tweed jacket, curly hair and jelly babies, I was pigeon holed as either one of the three scousers or Kevin Keegan. Needless to say the kidz under 10 had no clue who I was. Go figure. On the plus side, thanks to the sterling work of Doctor Who Adventures I think I might be recognised at the next do. Keep up the great work guys, I’ve been getting withdrawal symptoms since you went 2 weekly.

  5. Where’s my podcast!?
    it’s been like, forever.
    when will episode 13 come out?

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