The BBC revealed the Twelfth Doctor’s outfit! I like it! Well, I suppose I’m not the best judge of this kind of thing, as I also like the Sixth Doctor’s outfit – it’s garish to be sure, but it’s just him. I’m sure that this has been said before, but the costume of the Doctor definitely reflects his personality, consistently throughout the series, even during the John Nathan-Turner era, when the clothes were more costume-y than usual. Last week, my British co-worker made fun of me for referring to the Doctors by numbers, saying that in Britain, they refer to them by actor names, so we’ll do that this time.
- Hartnell: The grandfather, caring with a bit of arrogance
- Troughton: The clownish hobo, especially with that big fur coat
- Pertwee: The man of style and action
- T. Baker: The Bohemian, always a bit ahead of everyone else and not caring what they think
- Davison: The young gentleman sportsman
- C. Baker: Arrogant and bombastic; who cares what anyone thinks?
- McCoy: At first, a bit of a clown, his costume changed as his personality developed
- McGann: Caring and compassionate, and quite the romantic
- Eccleston: Angry and regretful, and back to being the man of action
- Tennant: Geek chic, modern yet out-of-place
- Smith: At first, young and eccentric, until he loses the Ponds, at which point he throws back to a dark version of McGann
If Mr. Capaldi follows the trend, it looks like his Doctor may be similar to Mr. Pertwee’s, which is almost exactly what I was hoping: I want him to be Mr. Pertwee’s man of action and style mixed with some (or even a lot) of Mr. C. Baker’s arrogance, almost to the point of being not easily liked. We’ll find out in time. Meanwhile, releases like this only just make me wish that August would get here sooner.