Doctor Who season 8 premieres this weekend and we’ve been thinking – of course! – about Doctor Who’s clothes. When most people think about the Time Lord’s style, they probably remember his eccentric way of dressing. They might even think they can identify a characteristically “Doctor Who” style.
But in actual fact, every Doctor dresses quite differently. The twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, is no exception. Read on for a history of Doctor Who’s style from 2005 to the present.
Rebel Time Lord Vs. Hipster Time Lord
In the guise of the Twelfth Doctor, Capaldi wears a dark navy, Crombie frock coat, some dark, tapered, pleated pants, a waistcoat and a white dress shirt with no tie.
For the record, the red lining of the dark coat is said to be an allusion to Jon Pertwee’s similar coat in his role as the Third Doctor.
Speaking about his costume choice, Capaldi says: “I think it’s quite a hard look… I always just saw the Doctor in dark colours. Not tweed.”
“Tweed” is a reference to the costume of his predecessor, Matt Smith, who usually wore a brown, tweed, plaid jacket.
Smith was also known for wearing red braces, dark trousers and, of course, a bow tie. Whereas Smith’s ironic/retro stylings had definite hipster overtones, Capaldi is more of a “rebel Time Lord,” in his own words.
There’s definitely something more “punk” about Capaldi’s look, including his Dr. Martens boots, whereas Smith blends hipsterism with traditional Doctor Who eccentricity.
Eccentric British gentleman
If Capaldi is the Rebel Time Lord and Smith is the Hipster Time Lord, what’s David Tennant?
With his navy or brown, often pinstripe, suits, and his Converse trainers, it’s hard not to peg him as the stereotypically eccentric British gentleman.
You may not recall this but the Tenth Doctor usually wore his jackets with peaked lapels and a full four buttons, a look that’s pretty hard for most men to pull off today. Respect to Tennant.
His expressive eyes, thespian mannerisms (Tennant was a stage actor before becoming Doctor Who), and his slightly oversized suits, always created a strong persona in line with the more legendary Doctors of old.
The modern-day Doctor
Before the latest three incarnations of the Doctor, the series was rebooted with the casting of Christopher Eccleston as a modern day version of the Time Lord.
Eccleston’s Doctor may have been popular but his wardrobe broke with the tradition of costuming Doctor Who in eccentric, often tailored, clothes.
His costume involved a plain, leather jacket, black trousers and boots. Possibly the least style-conscious Doctor, I doubt anyone would remember Eccleston’s Doctor for his clothes.
Still, it’s thanks to him that the series found a new generation of followers.
The first episode of Doctor Who series 8 debuts this weekend.