I am a Doctor Who fan. There, I’ve said it. It’s out in the open—I’m a major New Who geek.
Yes, I get all excited about special effects that were only special in the 1960s and lanky British actors babbling on about banana daiquiris and wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey travel in five dimensions. Yes, I have an affinity for pepper pot villains and cracks in the universe. Yes, I get shivers when I hear the electrica song of the electric blue TARDIS. And YES, I still hide beneath my blankets during the scary bits and watch the weeping angels though my fingers.
So what’s Doctor Who got to do with style? Two words. Amelia. Pond.
For those not in the know, Amelia ‘Amy’ Pond is a lucky, lucky Scottish girl who gets to help the Eleventh Doctor save the universe several times over. She’s clever and stubborn and has red hair. Red hair’s the kicker for me, I always wished I could have that crowning glory of hair the colour of a red-gold sunset.
It would probably not surprise you that I wanted to marry Ron Weasley when I was eleven. I’m telling you, red hair = awesome. But I digress.
Amy Pond has a fantastic sense of style. We first meet her in the middle of the night, dressed in a voluminous (too much romance novels, not enough legal research) night gown, fire-engine red Wellington boots, and a navy blue toggle coat to die for. Immediately I am thrown into fits of jealousy over a seven year-old's knitted red dressing gown. Young Amelia even has a vintage suitcase and a bobble hat!
Next time we see Amy she’s grown up and working as a kissogram in sharply tailored police uniform (we don’t get to see the nun’s habit). The rest of the fifth series has Amy in a slime-covered nightie, 17th century Venetian gowns, and a floral wedding dress. Her favourite outfit is an over-sized jumper or jacket, a skirt of pair of shorts that hits mid-thigh, dark tights, and Converse sneakers or cowboy boots. A sort of tomboyish but still feminine look worthy of Van Gogh.
The UK magazines moan that Amy Pond dresses too sexily for a children's television show but I heartily disagree. I love her use of proportion. I also adore her red and navy blue wardrobe which is exactly what I want for myself for the next two or three years. I totally need Amy's red scarf.
Here’s my take on Amy Pond (thank you to my photographers: the Cat, a twin, and T):
Huge brightly coloured sweater? Check. Grungy tights and beat-up sneakers? Check, check. TARDIS blue little girl’s bedroom (she has fairy lights, I have rainbow streamers) as a backdrop? Doctor Who fans, we are go.
A wears pink and black jumper from Topshop, an old run-filled pair of black tights, a pair of denim shorts from NeXT, and sister’s too-big Converse sneakers.