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Ryan Gosling's Bootleg Doctor Who T-Shirt Is Now a Thing You Can Buy

The actor went viral in and out of costume on the set of Greta Gerwig's Barbie movie this week thanks to a show of support for the 14th Doctor.

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Ryan Gosling's Ken for the Barbie movie, next to a picture of  Ncuti Gatwa attending the British Academy Television Awards on May 08, 2022.
Photo: Tristan Fewings (Getty Images)

In a new round of what can only be described as entertainment industry news Mad Libs, the original artist behind a design appearing on a bootlegged Doctor Who t-shirt depicting Ncuti Gatwa’s new Doctor has made the design available properly, after it went viral this week being worn by Ryan Gosling on the set of the Barbie movie.

Yes, that’s one sentence, and all of it is somehow true. Gosling went viral earlier this week—beyond set pictures of him as Ken alongside Margot Robbie’s take on the iconic Mattel doll showing the duo in neon-bright skater outfits while shooting Barbie—thanks to a candid shot of the actor wearing a Doctor Who shirt celebrating Gatwa’s recent announcement as the latest incarnation of the Time Lord. Gatwa, who’s set to appear alongside Gosling and Robbie in Barbie, is shown in a mockup of a potential costume for his Doctor, above the current version of the show’s logo. But here’s the thing: he’s wearing what was clearly a quickly made bootleg of the design, because you can still see the original artist Matthew Purchase’s watermark over it:

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Purchase decided to make the design—complete with watermark for full “Ryan Gosling on the set of Barbie” cosplay accuracy—available for sale on Redbubble, donating 50% of the sales of the shirt to the Goboka Rwanda Trust, a UK-based charity supporting aid relief for Rwandans. Naturally, the BBC wasn’t perhaps too pleased at first about what is a very weird turn of events, pulling Purchase’s shirt from sale. But now that not only has incoming/returning Who showrunner Russell T. Davies and the the show’s official accounts commented about the situation on social media, it looks like things have, for now at least, been re-resolved, as Purchase’s shirt is once again available to buy.

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Fingers crossed it stays that way, so Purchase gets to raise money for a good cause, and we continue to get what has to be one of the weirdest bits of viral promo for the arrival of a new Doctor Who star ever. And that’s saying something!


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