Doctor Who News Doctor Who Costume Designer Colin Lavers Dies

Published on July 24th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Designer Colin Lavers Dies

Doctor Who Costume Designer Colin Lavers DiesThe 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.



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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

2 Responses to Designer Colin Lavers Dies

  1. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    Deepest sympathies to the family and friends of a very talented man.

    • avatar GeminiPete says:

      Yes, hope his near and dear are okay and that mr Lavers is enjoying that great big wardrobe in the sky or whatever comes next. And the conceptual drawing shown is so awesome, how much better would the 5th Doctor would have come across if only his coat were the darker/warmer brown as shown in the pic as opposed to the bright cream? It may seem a small thing, but the psychological “cartooning” effect of the bright outfits of the 5th, 6th, and first 7th were IMO a mistake. Too bad they didn’t go with Mr Lavers darker, more mysterious and warmer darker coat…just imagine the 5th Doctor still innocent and kind, but with a bit more mystery and that unspoken suggestion of something darker just below the surface…that was a contrast that wouldn’t have stayed overwhelmed as much by Baker methinks….

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