I like it. I really do. It’s simple, dark and mature. I really think the red lining to the coat makes the look. That little callback to the Third Doctor shows that this Doctor isn’t quite all business. I am a bit disappointed that his costume isn’t all black, but rather dark blue. According to the BBC:
“A dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Dr. Marten shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden.”
Capaldi (of course) loves his new look, describing the 12th Doctor thusly:
“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 percent Rebel Time Lord.”
Lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said:
“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!”
Hmmm… is Moffat trying to suggest that the new incarnation of the Time Lord will be a more proactive Doctor — one who doesn’t simply wander around and fight monsters as they pop up, but rather chases them down and destroys them? Is the 12th Doctor on a mission to, say, wipe out all the Daleks in the universe? That would certainly be a change.
Clearly the BBC realized it had to make an official introduction of the costume because there is no way to prevent Capaldi from being seen in his signature outfit while filming on the streets of Cardiff. And, sure enough, the very next day, photos of location shooting (right) popped up all over the Internet.