Carnival Of Monsters: These Wildly Disparate Things Totally Go Together, Right? (and i’m not just talking about color schemes)
Sarah and I watched Three and Jo in “Carnival of Monsters” Friday night, and I enjoyed it tremendously. Not just from a costuming standpoint— although there were some doozies— but because it hit the perfect balance of silliness and actually engaging story, so I was laughing my head off at some things (like the monster effects) while still caring about what happened to the characters.
But you’re here for the costumes. So let’s get started! We open with these guys, who kind of remind me of the people from Planet Neutral on Futurama, only they talk about politics a lot more.
Everyone on their planet suffers from male pattern baldness, sadly. Also from Peeling Wig Cap Syndrome. Their silver armor is kind of cool, though. They are apparently the guys in charge on their planet, with unskilled labor being provided by these guys:
Apparently their planet is big on matching your outfit to your skin tone. Also they like contrast piping a lot, which I can’t argue with.
Next on the scene are a couple of humans, or at least human lookalikes, in tan spacesuits with tin foil trim.
The lady on the right’s halo of pink and green bobbles is only a hint at the gloriousness that is to come. Because when she takes off her spacesuit, this is what she’s wearing underneath:
Yup, you’re looking at a shiny acid green leotard, sky blue tights, bright green boots, and hot pink gloves. All covered with more pink and green bobbles. It’s so late 60s/early 70s it kind of burns a little. Obviously, she’s a carnival barker’s assistant. As for the carnival barker himself, well:
There’s… kind of a lot going on here. From the plastic bowler, to the coat covered in giant hole-punch protectors, to the chevron-striped pink and green waistcoat, down to the orange polka-dot pants and lilac boots. It kind of looks like someone went into the BBC costume closet in the dark, pulled the first six things that came to hand in the Psychedelia section, and called it a day. I feel a little like I’m on an acid trip just looking at him; I can’t imagine what viewers of the original airing, many of whom may well have actually been on acid, must have felt like.
So, what does all of this have to do with the Doctor? Well, let’s look in on him and Jo, and find out.
They seem to have fetched up in the hold of a 1920s steamship! How odd. The Doctor is working a brown cape quite impressively, and Jo actually is wearing clothes that would pass largely unremarked today, if you overlook the fact that her collar points are so long that they extend a good five inches past her collarbone.
As for the passengers on the ship, the production team has raided the BBC costume closet for a perfectly lovely mint green flapper dress and matching shoes. It’s a really cute, period-appropriate outfit, actually, and I quite like it.
Oh, remember when I said Jo’s outfit would be unremarkable today? Well, I forgot about the bottom half of it.
Cuffed denim knickers would probably draw some comment, I’m pretty sure. Although those are great boots.
Let me leave you with a close-up of the carnival barker’s assistant, and her totally amazing makeup:
Her eyebrows are make of green dots, she’s wearing sky-blue eyeshadow from lid to brow, and there’s glitter EVERYWHERE. I want to cosplay her. Also please note what is passing for a bow tie in the future, good lord.