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Barbara Kidd is a BAFTA, Royal Television Society, and Emmy Award-winning costume designer who succeeded Ray Holman as costume designer during the Steven Moffat era of the BBC Wales version of Doctor Who.
However, this was not her first experience of Doctor Who. Between 1973 and 1975, she was the dominant costumer on the 1963 version of Doctor Who, lending her expertise to Frontier in Space, The Green Death, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, The Monster of Peladon, The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, and Pyramids of Mars. She later returned for a one-off story in the JNT era, Kinda.
Kidd's career between her two stints on Doctor Who was a busy one. Her most noteworthy work of the 2000s was her Emmy and RTS award-winning turn on Little Dorrit, on which she worked with director Adam Smith and actors Arthur Darvill, Bill Paterson, Eve Myles, Ruth Jones, Annette Crosbie, Russell Tovey and Freema Agyeman, amongst others. In the year 2001 she won an RTS and BAFTA award for another Charles Dickens adaptation, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby which featured Sophia Myles.
She returned to Doctor Who immediately after her stint on the 2010 series of Wallander, produced by Sanne Wohlenberg and partially directed by Hettie MacDonald. Because of their working relationship on Wallander, it's likely Wohlenberg, the producer of the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas special, had some influence in bringing Kidd back into the programme.
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