I had recently discussed my disappointment in the casting of a 26 year old kid as the new face of Doctor Who. I really want The Doctor to have some gravitas and I find that the idea of a babyface doesn’t really help that. Then came the rumors of what his costume would be. Many were reporting that the BBC were going to play up the youthful appearance of the good Doctor and he would be wearing a hoodie and a t-shirt. I was pretty much banging my head against the wall. I was greatly concerned that they were marketing directly to the 12 year olds.
Let’s have a look at the past, shall we?
William Hartnell as The First Doctor (the original, you might say).
The First Doctor: Whaddya’ gonna’ do? He’s an old man. He dresses like it. Fine by me.
Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor
The Second Doctor: This fits his persona as a “cosmic hobo”. Solid idea for this character.
Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor
The Third Doctor: This took a fun turn! From the “cosmic hobo” to frilly shirts and a cape! Pertwee truly defined dashing in his tenure.
Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor
The Fourth Doctor: This is what most non-fans think of when they hear “Doctor Who”. “That crazy guy with the scarf” and sometimes a mention of a robot dog (K-9). Iconic.
Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor
The Fifth Doctor (my favorite!): This costume would be perfect if it wasn’t for the silly striped pants and the goofy stick of celery on his lapel. That celery is being weird for the sake of being weird. I do have that sweater, however.
Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor
The Sixth Doctor: We don’t talk about the Sixth Doctor’s costume.
It’s really a shame – especially considering that Colin wanted a costume more like what turned out to be the Ninth Doctor’s.
Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor
The Seventh Doctor: I’m going to say something that is going to piss off a lot of Doctor Who fans. I don’t hate the question marks. I don’t know, I just thought it was fun! It was a bitch, though, drawing red question marks all over my sweater.
Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor
The Eighth Doctor: This seems like a throwback to the era of the First and Second Doctors. Classy. I like it.
Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor
The Ninth Doctor: This costume frustrated a lot of fans in the respect that it’s not really a costume. A sweater (different sweaters with different colors – the first time that The Doctor regularly alternated his outfit), a leather jacket, some dark pants and boots. Sometimes we like The Doctor to have a bit of flash, but I believe this costume is just what Doctor Who needed at the time of the show’s resurgence.
David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor
The Tenth Doctor: Ah, David, I’m going to miss you, pal. You are a heckuvan actor and play The Doctor with passion. The costume is fun – somewhat timeless. David suggested putting his personal Converse shoes on with the pinstripe suit was a nice touch.
And now…I was bracing for a friggin’ Russell Brand impersonator…a hoodie…a t-shirt… and here is the Eleventh Doctor:
Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, and Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor
TARDIS, Companion, and The Doctor
I freaking love it! You see, Steven Moffat is smart. You’ve got this young kid as a 900 year old Time Lord. How do you give us the impression that he has an old soul? Dress him like an old school teacher! Plus – the TARDIS has had a bit of an overhaul as well. Bigger, bluer and they brought back the St. John Ambulance badge to the right door, not seen since the 1960’s.
After months of nervousness about the direction of my beloved show, I have been re-energized with excitement!
Thank you, Steven Moffat!