Published on July 24th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds2
Designer Colin Lavers Dies
The man behind the Fifth Doctor’s iconic costume, Colin Lavers, has passed away reports Doctor Who News.
Lavers was a costume designer at the BBC when in 1982 he was scheduled to work on Four to Doomsday, the first recorded story for the Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, giving Lavers responsibility to realise the new Doctors look.
The Edwardian cricketer in Plimsolls motif came out of discussions between Davison and John Nathan-Turner, who insisted that the much contested question-mark lapels sported by Tom Baker should remain.
Lavers also worked on the 20th Anniversary story The Five Doctors, which gave him the unique responsibility of realising costumes only previously seen in black and white for a large number of Doctor Who alumni.
He also worked on the 1978 story The Power of Kroll and the 1983 story The King’s Demons.
Amongst his long and illustrious career are credits for EastEnders, Judge John Deed and Only Fools and Horses.