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Ray Doyle and his layers.

I was staring at an image of Ray/Martin in his t-shirt, shirt, v-neck, jacket layered combo when suddenly my brain spluttered, "I know what it is! He's allergic to wool!"

I'm allergic to wool myself - all kinds: sheep, goat, rabbit, llama (my younger brother went to South America in his gap year and brought me back a jumper), even 5% wool in a pair of trousers will trigger my eczema/dermatitis from waist to ankles (even if worn with opaque tights!); I've had my hand turn bright red and my skin start flaking just from picking up a jumper in a shop and looking for the label to see what it's made of - and experience has taught me that cotton or acrylic knitwear might *look* warm and chunky, but you still have to layer it to stay warm in British winters.

Probably stupid, but I offer it as a thought. I also offer this link and the simple comment ARM. PORN.

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byslantedlight
Jan. 12th, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
Not at all stupid, but I am a bit amused, cos in all the fanfic Doyle's the one who's famous for not wearing the layers (quite often, not wearing any layer... *g*), and it's Bodie who's supposed to rug up... (My mum and sister are both allergic to wool too, btw)

Doyle does wear lots of layers sometimes though - sometimes more than Bodie! I've always meant to do more than glance at the observation that it seems to be in later eps, which can be matched with Discovered in a Graveyard, so that he can be portrayed as feeling the cold after being shot...

I'll see your arm porn, and raise you this t-shirt...
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natsuko1978
Jan. 12th, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
Mmm :D Not posing at ALL, there, are you, Ray? (Talking of fanon vs canon, whenever I read fics describing Ray as skinny or slightly-built etc I wonder who/what the authors are looking at. Those shoulders. Those ARMS. That musculature. Like an anatomy model. And in many ways a lot more "classical" than Bodie's build.)

I've always meant to do more than glance at the observation that it seems to be in later eps, which can be matched with Discovered in a Graveyard, so that he can be portrayed as feeling the cold after being shot...

If you go by *Production* Order, then I think there's a lot in that, if you look at how he dresses in Foxhole, Susie, Ojuka and Untouchables. In Foxhole especially - http://the-safehouse.livejournal.com/tag/episode%3A%20foxhole%20on%20the%20roof - he's more bundled up than Bodie, especially with the famous tartan scarf! (and the tan leather jacket with sheepskin collar, also seen in Untouchables - as it's not worn fully fastened, that collar still doesn't touch his skin, in another tick for "allergic"?) but in Transmission order that's pre-DiaG.

As early as the winter eps of Series 1, Ray was favouring t-shirts under his "lumberjack" and checked shirts, with a chunky jacket, while Bodie wore his usual poloneck jumpers (lambswool? cashmere?) with or without a shirt or horrible cardigan as well as a jacket. The flyer's jacket with sheepskin lining Ray wears in "Klansmen" is not the coat of someone who doesn't feel the cold. http://www.framecaplib.com/proslib/html/episodes/images/klansmen/klans032.htm

And how many layers was he wearing for the graveyard jog in "Servant of Two Masters"? http://the-safehouse.livejournal.com/tag/episode%3A%20servant%20of%20two%20masters

The most notable feature of Ray's dress - IMHO - is less how much/little he wears and more how he pushes the sleeves up on everything (even jackets) and apparently hates anything fastened/tight round his neck. But I don't think that adds up to "doesn't feel the cold". I'm sitting here with a blanket round my shoulders... and my jumper sleeves pushed to mid-forearm. To me that's more about freedom of movement for my hands/arms when writing/typing than heat/cold. You know?

And layers also make a lot of sense when your coat either has to have the deep-V of a blazer or suit/tweed jacket or has to be worn open to give ready access to your sidearm.

(I did wonder whether *Martin* (as opposed to in-character reasons) started wearing vests/t-shirts more often as, maybe, his body-hair greyed? Or had chest trouble? Given general episodic continuity in the show I doubt anyone would actually have made a *decision* that post-heart-surgery Ray felt the cold more than before, you know?)
byslantedlight
Jan. 12th, 2015 11:19 pm (UTC)
Given general episodic continuity in the show I doubt anyone would actually have made a *decision* that post-heart-surgery Ray felt the cold more than before, you know?
Oh blimey no - it's all just good fun in fandom! I think that's one of the things that makes Pros so much fun to write in, to be honest, because there was so very little continuity (sometimes even within single episodes... *g*) that our imaginations can stretch in so very many directions. I tend to think it was just changing fashions for MS and LC - there's an article somewhere that says they virtually chose their own wardrobes for the characters, and there was quite a difference between fashion in 1977 and fashion in 1981, even if it was only four years.

MS Doyle doesn't pose. Or lean. He's famous for not posing or leaning... *g*

Actor-ly though, Doyle pushes his sleeves up, and Bodie can very rarely do a jacket up at the sleeves... there was a whole post on that somewhere (might even have been my lj, come to think of it, when I spotted that he did the same thing at the start of Cuckoo Waltz!) It's fun finding all the little foibles and so on... *g*
sc_fossil
Jan. 13th, 2015 03:10 am (UTC)
I'm all for arm porn! Looking good, Doyle!
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