Here it is, the first image released by the BBC depicting the Doctor and his new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. (You’ll recall this image from filming, but that was taken by a spy.) I like it. I like it a lot!
The 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) is clearly wearing a new costume: He has a never-before-seen bowtie and a long, dark coat and a vest, or what he will no doubt call a waistcoat. I like it, but I still prefer his tweedy jacket. I’m still hoping this is just a temporary outfit for the Christmas Special (aka episode six), in which Jenna-Louise is introduced.
The mysterious new companion still has no official name, but “Clara” is still the rumor. Her costume is rather unremarkable, which is a surprise, since her creator, show-runner Steven Moffat, calls her “different” and promises she will “shock” viewers. I guess her outfit is a deliberate contrast to that.
Series 7 will debut sometime in the fall with the first of six new episode that will include the Christmas Special. Eight more episodes will air in early 2013.