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Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who Costume Has Been Revealed

With season 8 of Doctor Who currently in production it was only a matter of time before the BBC released an official photo of Peter Capaldi in his new costume as the Doctor.  This is kind of a big deal.  Historically, each actor to play the Doctor has only had one basic costume during their entire run on the show.  This has evolved as of late to where both David Tennant and Matt Smith’s doctors ended up wearing different variations of the same basic costume.  So, it’s certainly possible Capaldi’s costume could receive slight updates during the life of his Doctor, but for now this is what he’ll look like [look away if you don’t want to know]:

Am I the only one who imagines him being in the middle of a song & dance? It’s the positioning of his hands that throws me.

In a way, Capaldi was slightly screwed over by Matt Smith.  The show took advantage of Smith being the youngest actor to play the part by continually dressing him in clothing far more appropriate for an older man, thus emphasizing the old man in a young person’s body concept.  So, Smith’s Doctor embraced antiquated fashion trends like bowties, tweed, velvet smoking jackets, and something known as Edwardian Teddy Boy.  However, Capaldi actually looked pretty good and perhaps even more age appropriate in Matt Smith’s costume during his brief scene in “Time of the Doctor”:

However, him wearing that costume for too long would just be wrong, kind of a “it’s hard to move on from Matt Smith when you’re still wearing his clothes” thing.  So, the new costume they’ve devised is fairly basic, kind of like a black and white minus bowtie version of Smith’s.  After Tennant’s signature suit and ties and Smith’s bowties, it immediately jumps out that Capaldi’s Doctor will wear no such item around his neck.  Beyond that, there’s not much to inspire great passion or anger – it’s a dark blue Crombie coat, dark blue trousers, white shirt, and black Doc Marten shoes. It’s elegant minimalism.

We know from recent Steven Moffat interviews that Capaldi’s Doctor will be a darker version of the ancient Time Lord than we are used to seeing.  Both Capaldi and Moffat back this up with their comments about the costume.

Capaldi: “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 per cent Rebel Time Lord.”

Moffat: “New Doctor, new era, and of course new clothes. Monsters of the universe, the vacation is over – Capaldi is suited and booted and coming to get you!”

To put things into perspective, here are all of the prior Doctors, starting with the very first one from 1963:

Hmmm, if I simply ejected them out into space, is there any way it could be seen as an accident?
Oh, William Hartnell, you conniving old meanie

Who was replaced by:

Why do my companions keep looking at me like I might stab them? I just want to create fatherly bonds with them and play them some quality recorder music.
Patrick Troughton – the cosmic hobo

Who was replaced by:

I work far harder to seem dignified and sophisticated than my truly ridiculous coat would suggest.
Jon Pertwee – Who knew the Doctor was secretly such a dandy?

Who was replaced by:

Don't be alarmed. I'm not insane. I'm quirky and only occasionally prone to killing anything.
Tom Baker and his endless scarve

Who was replaced by apparent lover of the game of cricket:

This is as happy as my travels allow me to be.
Peter Davison – That’s right; he had a piece of celery on his lapel.  A piece of celery!

Who was replaced by:

Don;t let my clown outfit fool you. I'm an arrogant, ruthless killing machine.
Colin Baker as the chubby, rainbow man, er, I mean the Doctor

Who was fired and replaced by:

Think you can best me, do you? GIve it your best shot.
Sylvester McCoy – Did you notice how both his umbrella and his vest have the shape of a question mark?  Yeah, everyone did.

Who regenerated into:

What? I only get one televised post of Doctor Who, and it features Eric Roberts and this terrible wig?!
Paul McGann – Victorian sex symbol Doctor

But then in 2005 we got:

If you think my outfit is going to have even a slpash of color or quirkiness, you're crazy.
Christopher Eccleston – angry, U-boat captain Doctor who’s fine with just a V-neck shirt and leather jacket

Who left after 1 season and was replaced by God’s gift to female Doctor Who fans:

Puzzled David Tennant
David Tennant – Damn, that man looked good in a suit

Who “didn’t want to go” but did anyway, becoming:

Even though I only say it once, my defining line may in fact be, "very, very not good."
Matt Smith – Started out like this, but became….
Doctor Who - Series 7B
This, what with the smoking jacket and vest and everything.

And now old man Capaldi:


What do you think?  It’s really not a lot to go off of, but it’s so minimalistic it’s hard to be too enthused or down on it.  It’s certainly a heck of a lot better than what we all thought Matt Smith was originally going to look like, aka, the Twilight Doctor:


Season 8 of Doctor Who began production earlier this month.  It is anticipated the new episodes will begin airing in August/September prior to a standard Christmas special on Christmas day.  Unlike seasons 6 and 7, season 8 will air in an uninterrupted 13-episode block; season 9 will repeat that same formula.

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