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Efecss
01-16-2009, 03:27 AM
I put up a thread before, which I realized too late at work, I phrased incorrectly...

Now, someone told me that steampunk was basically Victorian and Edwardian era ultra-tech with that era garb.

Now, I was watching Doctor Who from 1965, and thought that William Hartnell kind of fit the bill for a steampunk.

the question here is: Can someone cosplay Doctor Who as a Steampunk and get away with it,or is this outside the "genre"? Because even now, (Accept for the clothing) he goes around with some of his stuff in carpet bags and tote valises

Kesra
01-16-2009, 03:32 AM
People get away with cosplaying Star Wars steampunk *shrug*

Mangochutney
01-16-2009, 03:50 AM
Steampunk is more than period clothing. Steampunk's focus is the anachronistic technology applied to period themes with audacity and panache.

A carpet bag? Not even a good start.

Shifty Llama
01-16-2009, 08:11 AM
I dont think Dr Who can really be categorized as steampunk as he dosent have the over all look of it. Link i remember the era of the striped scarf and that look definately dosent fit however more poeple should be cosplaying as Dr Who, Steampunk or not.

Lucifer
01-16-2009, 09:04 AM
Aspects of Doctor Who that were a bit 'Steampunk' inspired:
-The interior of the TARDIS in the film
-The 'mega Cyberman' in "The Next Doctor"

Overall though, minus the Doctor wearing period style clothing at time, he isn't really 'steampunk'.

What you -could- do, is a steampunk style Time Traveller, with a bid of adventurer tossed in. It'd have the concept of what the Doctor is, but be original to your own idea.

Efecss
01-16-2009, 02:02 PM
I dont think Dr Who can really be categorized as steampunk as he dosent have the over all look of it. Link i remember the era of the striped scarf and that look definately dosent fit however more poeple should be cosplaying as Dr Who, Steampunk or not.

True, but not everyone is into the original, William Hartnell or Patrick Troughton (Who's son was just in the last season...) Doctor, which seem to fit the general description (To me) But, I always thought the Doctor was more Victorean/Edwardian than how he is now. More like Davison and C. Baker.

And I know that this is stretching the limits of what steampunk is. But it seems that

Mangochutney
01-16-2009, 02:08 PM
Do you have panache, Efecss?

Efecss
01-16-2009, 02:25 PM
Do you have panache, Efecss?

You mean to play the Doctor? I have at other conventions. I work best with William Harnell, Troughton, and the two Bakers. Althought, I haven't done J. Pertwee yet. And I did do them in character. On the local PBS pledge drive as well.

Mangochutney
01-16-2009, 02:35 PM
Panache. Steampunk requires it. if you're just going to play Doctor Who, feel free to do so--in which case, it seems, the 'is it steampunk' question is moot.

Efecss
01-16-2009, 03:13 PM
Panache. Steampunk requires it. if you're just going to play Doctor Who, feel free to do so--in which case, it seems, the 'is it steampunk' question is moot.

Well, if you are talking about the Victorian "Upperclassman"-ism.. Yes.. I can. But, I thought you were asking about if I had the panache to play the Doctor in any way.. So that was what I was responding to. Plus, I wasn't looking to just play the Doctor, but mainly using him as a model too.

Another model would be Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes..

Working from a starting point, out.

Plus, panache has many different levels, and many different styles. There is also the "old West" panache, and the "Southern Plantation" panache which also fits in steampunk as I see it.

Mangochutney
01-16-2009, 03:36 PM
Whatever you do, man, if you're going to steam anything up you'd better be working with more than "somebody told me". Research. And be prepared, if by the high and arbitrary standards of the soi-disant steampunk community you do not whip it out with proper flair, to be subject to the same treatment afforded something that's been sitting in the back of the fridge for a year.

Just sayin'. Maybe you should put the goggles down until you've read a few things.

Efecss
01-16-2009, 07:59 PM
Okay, that being said, I know that there are quite a few people out there who are doing steampunk because their friends got them into it, and are only mildly aware of all of the whole community.

Like a lot of people cosplay characters without knowing more than their names.

I finally got ahold of someone on my messenger who hasn't been on for a looong time and has done a lot of steampunk, and asked her what she knows about it, and only got in it because a friend of her's asked her to do it, and she does it alot. still hasn't seen anything else about it.

I just got started into this, and I may continue to learn.

But, talking to her (Which I wanted to in the first place.) WHile the Doctor may not be literally steampunk, he would not be incongruous.

And maybe siting PYRIMID OF MARS is one reason.

I am sorry that this stirred up such an acrid debate for so little reason.

KittyCanuck
01-16-2009, 08:56 PM
Efecss, have you check out one of the main Steampunk sites on the web? http://brassgoggles.co.uk/brassgoggles
http://brassgoggles.co.uk/brassgoggles/brief-steampunk-faq

It should help you get a good idea of what Steampunk is, and where to find more information on it. ^_^

I don't personally think Dr. Who is Steampunk as-is. It could be tweaked to be Steampunk, though, just as Star Wars can be tweaked (http://www.sillof.com/C-Steampunk-SW.htm) to be Steampunk