Doctor Who Costume Ideas
For fans of the science fiction show Doctor Who, there are a lot of costume ideas inspired by the show. With so many characters over its long run there have been many prominent villains and companions that a person can be for Halloween. Featured here are some official Doctor Who costumes as well as a few do-it-yourself costume ideas (with links to either instructions or products).
Doctor Who Villains and Companions Costumes
The Daleks have had a long history with the Doctor.
They are originally from the planet Skaro and are cyborgs
created by Davros (a scientist who was the Doctor's greatest
enemy until he created the Daleks). They are aliens inside of
a machine casing with enormous fire power. Their only goal
is to destroy all life that is not Dalek.
This is the full Dalek costume, an official Doctor Who product.
It will fit an average adult.
If you want a less cumbersome Dalek costume, there are the Dalek dresses available on Amazon. There are many different colors and styles to choose from. Each of these dresses is available in multiple sizes. I've included a beanie to go with the blue dress.
If you'd like to make your own Dalek dress then here are do-it-yourself Dalek dress instructions. This dress is less of a "dressy dress" and more an actual costume.
So, you want to be a Dalek, huh? Besides an unyielding desire to exterminate all humans, here's what you'll need:
Dalek Sec is the leader of the Cult of Skaro. When the Daleks
faced extinction, Dalek Sec decided it is to their benefit to evolve.
In the episode Daleks Take Manhattan, Dalek Sec became a
This is a Dalek Sec mask with voice changing capabilities. You can
not only look like Dalek Sec, but you can sound like him, too! When
Dalek Sec completely evolves he is a man in a black suit (with a face
that looks like this product here).
The Cybermen originated rom the planet Mondas. They were originally human-like aliens that were about to go extinct and began replacing their body parts with machine parts. The modern Cybermen are actually humans that have been "upgraded." There is still a human brain inside the Cyber-shell, but all the human emotions have been shut off.
There is an official Cyberman mask. Combine it with this silver space suit to make a great Cyberman costume.
The Vashta Nerada is a creature that hides in the shadows and quickly devours the meat off of its victim's bones. They are "the piranhas of the air." They appeared in the episode Silence in the Library. A team of space travelers were visiting The Library while the Doctor was there when the Vashta Nerada attacked.
The actual Vashta Nerada is just a shadow, but you can create a costume as a reanimated victim of the Vashta Nerada. The Vashta Nerada stripped the meat off the people it consumed, leaving just a skeleton in a space suit, so all that is required is a space suit with a helmet and a skeleton mask.
Do-It-Yourself Weeping Angel Costume Instructions
The Weeping Angels are statues that come to life when no one is looking. They move people outside of their proper time in order to steal their potential.
Below is a link to instructions where LiveJournal user penwiper337 has detailed her own experience creating a Weeping Angel costume.
This is a post from a LiveJournal community giving detailed instructions with a lot of pictures about making a Weeping Angel costume.
Don't Blink Cat
This is the cutest and creepiest thing ever!
River Song knows the Doctor from his future. She has a futuristic sonic screwdriver and carries a TARDIS journal that chronicles her time with the Doctor. She is portrayed by Alex Kingston (who also played Dr. Corday on ER). She has curly brownish-red hair.
Available on Amazon are River Song's sonic screwdriver and her TARDIS journal, used to record all of her encounters with The Doctor. River Song's sonic screwdriver was given to her by The Doctor. It looks similar to the Tenth Doctor's. That was the first incarnation of his to meet her so he made the sonic look like his did at the time so he would easily "recognize" her and trust her. It has extra function than Ten's sonic, though. This sonic from Amazon makes the sonic screwdriver sounds. Just like River's sonic it glows red and blue. It even includes a neural relay indicator.
Dressing Like River Song
River's two most memorable outfits on the show (other than a space suit) have been blue jeans with a jean jacket and a long black dress with full-length sheer sleeves. She was first introduced in the episode Silence in the Library where she wore a space suit.
These article gives excellent advice on dressing like River Song.
In one sense, getting the River Song look is harder than with other characters, simply because she rarely wears the same thing twice.
This article details a few of River's outfits and gives suggestions for specific items for creating a River Song outfit.
Rory the Roman
Rory Williams (played by Arthur Darvill) is Amy Pond's husband. He was absorbed in a crack in space and time and thrown back in time where he appeared as a Roman soldier. He then guarded Amy for thousands of years while she was in the Pandorica. Here are the items you will need to dress as Rory the Roman.
Do-It-Yourself TARDIS Costume Instructions
The ultimate companion, the Doctor's Wife, the TARDIS. In the episode The Doctor's Wife (written by Neil Gaiman) the soul of the TARDIS is put in the body of a woman. It is revealed that the TARDIS picked the Doctor when he stole her so many years ago. In that episode the TARDIS was just a woman in a dress, but to be more obvious about who you are try wearing a dress that is designed to look like the TARDIS. Or (if you're really handy) you can build a portable TARDIS.
Below are links to instructions for creating a TARDIS costume.
The greatest dad ever builds a portable TARDIS for his son. His son dressed as the Doctor and, after collecting his candy, he would get back into his TARDIS (which straps to his back) and "fly" away.
Instructions for making a TARDIS dress.
Idris is the name of the woman with the TARDIS soul inside of her. This is an article from BBC America detailing how to dress like Idris.
Featured here are a Roman gladiator costume which includes the Roman vinyl dress, a red cape, and arm bands. Rory had a red cape and he wore red underneath the outfit, also. There is also this Roman helmet. And don't forget the sword!
Here are some beautiful TARDIS dresses available on Amazon. They are each available in multiple sizes.
The Ood aren't companions of the Doctor, but the Doctor has helped them. The Ood are a telepathic race of aliens that were enslaved until the Doctor freed them. Part of their brain is external and was held in their hands. This was removed and replaced with communicator orbs when they were enslaved.
There is an Ood mask available on Amazon. For the communicator orb there is this acrylic ornament that can be opened. Drop an LED light in there (like the one featured here) and you have yourself a glowy communicator orb. The orbs are attached to the Ood's mouths, and because this is an ornament it would be really easy to tie some yarn to the hole and attach it to the mask. The Ood wore all black, so black pants and a black jacket would complete your Ood costume.
Companion Costume Links
Most of the Doctor's companions have just been people, so you'll just have to figure out how they dressed and dress like them. BBC America has created articles detailing a few outfits that some of the newer companions have worn so you can dress like your favorite Doctor Who companion.
How one woman created a costume to be the first incarnation of Romana.
This is a replica of an outfit that Sarah Jane Smith wore when she was the Fourth Doctor's companion. It's being sold through Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay.
Dressing like Rose Tyler (an article from BBC America).
Dressing like Jack Harkness (an article from BBC America).
Dressing like Martha Jones (an article from BBC America).
Dressing like Donna Noble (an article from BBC America).
Dressing like Amy Pond (an article from BBC America).
Dressing like Rory Williams (an article from BBC America)