When the 8th season of Doctor Who premieres in Ireland in August, some people – myself included – will be glad to see the return of one of the Doctor’s most iconic garments: the frock coat.
While the new Doctor may have a hard time beating Matt Smith’s style, Peter Capaldi seems determined to give it a go. Here’s the lowdown on the Doctor’s new look.
The Doctor’s Frock Coat
The Time Lord is one of the only figures today who continues to wear a frock coat, a look that died out at the end of the Edwardian era.
Usually double breasted (in which case it would be called a “Prince Albert” frock coat), the style later gave birth to the double breasted suit after a resourceful London tailor shortened it at the waist.
In its day, the single breasted frock coat (or “morning frock”) was a more informal look. It’s also the style favoured by Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and is possibly better suited to intergalactic time travel.
Doctor Who’s Style
Every incarnation of the Doctor in recent years has had a slightly different wardrobe.
David Tennant was famous for his pinstripe suits. Matt Smith wore impeccable waistcoats, braces, and plaid designs. Capaldi seems to be resuscitating an older Doctor Who look – heavy cloths, trouser pleats and a satin-lined frock coat.
Capaldi has spoken about the characteristic style of his Doctor: “He’s woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no messing, just 100 percent Rebel Time Lord.”
He also, apparently, wears his three piece suit with Dr. Marten boots.
Doctor Who in Ireland
In case you didn’t know, the Doctor has spent his fair share of time in Ireland and displayed much sympathy for the plight of its people when he visited Ireland during Oliver Cromwell’s invasion.
In fact, the Doctor’s first, second, seventh and eighth incarnations have all visited Ireland at some point.
People often comment on the fact that the Time Lords’ home of Gallifrey has a particularly Irish-sounding name. And as for the Doctor’s companions, Molly O’Sullivan was born in Ireland in 1891 and remains the Doctor’s only Irish companion to this day.