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Braces, culottes, and coloured stripes
Constructing and characterizing Doctor Who’s Thirteen in fashion design and cosplay
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In this chapter, Nicolle Lamerichs draws on online data collected from Instagram and a small qualitative sample of Dutch cosplayers. Lamerichs looks at how some fans have responded to the programme’s latest era through cosplay, with cosplayers celebrating and (re-)interpreting the thirteenth Doctor’s costume. By analysing the fashion and design meanings of this new costume, as designed by Ray Holman, the chapter goes on to set out how some queer and female cosplayers have seen much of themselves in this version of the Doctor, becoming involved in performative and ‘affective reception’ in relation to the character. Indeed, it is argued that the fluidity of the Doctor, whose body is never stable, allows for an exceptional form of affective reception and play among these fans. When fans cosplay the thirteenth Doctor, they express their own hopes and expectations for the character, and selectively use her as a resource to form their own identities.

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