- Posted November 4, 2013 by
St. Louis, Missouri
This iReport is part of an assignment:
‘Doctor Who’ turns 50
The Tenth Doctor, my Alter Ego
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
As a person who has never quite met the standard of "normal", I identified with the Doctor immediately in such an all-consuming way that I was making Doctor Who costumes within two months. While each and every person who has played the Doctor has brought a new facet to the character, the Tenth Doctor, played by the the ever-ebullient David Tennant, reminded me of myself. I quickly realized it wasn't just his enthusiasm or his tendency to use furniture in unconventional ways. He also had the anxiety and mood swings I've experienced most of my life though his, of course, were of a more fantastic nature. He showed loyalty to people who had hurt him in unimaginable ways and yet found he couldn't open up to those he was supposed to trust. Watching him struggle with some of the same problems I had but still save the world showed me that you don't have to be perfect to be someone's hero.
I made it my goal to create his costume, learning to do tailoring I never thought I'd have patience to learn. In creating my Tenth Doctor costume, I learned skills I still use on every costuming project. I use tasks that would normally be tedious, such as finishing stitches, as a form of meditation. When I completed the costume, having a theatrical background, I set about trying to learn David Tennant's voice and mannerisms.
I wore the costume first to Dragon Con in 2012, and even among the crowds of Tenth Doctors, I got a lot of compliments. Ever since, I've been playing the Doctor at events in St. Louis, making videos after each event for my facebook page: http://facebook.com/doctorhimself