Stuff I Love vs. Stuff I Don't: Bossk Shops at the BBC Sci-Fi Army Surplus

Because they were filmed in the UK, the Star Wars films and Doctor Who have a number of hidden connections. One of these is a particular piece of costuming:
That's an astronaut from the first Doctor's last story, The Tenth Planet (1966) on the left, and Bossk, one of the bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back (1980). A modified version of the suit also appears in the 2nd Doctor era's The Wheel in Space.

Not that anyone would destroy a Star Wars action figure to make their own "Glyn Williams" figure, but it's an idea for a dedicated custom figure maker.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's an actual high-altitude flight suit designed for, but never adopted by, the Royal Air Force. They cropped up in a number of productions, including the 1960s "First Men in the Moon". On "Doctor Who", Jamie and Zoe also wore them in "The Wheel in Space".

There's a web-site somewhere devoted to film and TV space-suits, with more examples, but I've lost the URL.

- Steve Flanagan

Siskoid said...

I'll look for it, thanks Steve!

Craig Oxbrow said...

Well, darn.

I always just figured Bossk was also a pilot.

Anonymous said...

That site Steve mentioned above is the "Say, Hello Spaceman" blog at http://sayhellospaceman.blogspot.com. Film and tv of the 60s, 70s, and 80s apparently reused spacesuits on a pretty regular basis.

Siskoid said...

That's it! Look for the label Windak for the relevant posts!

 

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