When you think of a particular Doctor, their outfit springs immediately to mind. From Peter Davison’s cricketing whites to Matt Smith’s tweed jacket – they resonate with each incarnation.
However the fine line between outfit and costume has been a constant for some time. Davison’s clothes screamed costume and Colin Baker’s explosion of colours cemented that the Doctor was wearing a costume.
The modern era Doctors have had markedly different clothes – the 9th Doctor went for the simple battered leather jacket, the 10th Doctor tapped into modern style with a cool pinstripe suit and converse and the 11th Doctor had geek-chic nailed with tweed and bowties. Despite teetering close to costume territory, they represented the sort of cobbled together clothes the Doctor would pluck out of his wardrobe in the TARDIS.
It seems as if a lot of thought has gone into the 12th Doctor’s clothes. I was surprised to learn that Peter Capaldi is 55 years old as he certainly looks younger and his outfit certainly helps enhance his youthful look.
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The dark blue Crombie coat with red lining nods to the third Doctor but also gives the hint of a magician. The dark blue cardigan looks hip, and I rather hope it is sleeveless unlike GQ.
Costume designer Howard Burden has opted against any neckwear although I feel a cravat could have suited Capaldi.
Finally the bottom half comprises some rather basic navy blue trousers with a pair of Doc Martens which give the Doctor an aura that he means business.
Capaldi himself has said of Burden’s creation: “He's woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100% rebel time lord.”
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