Alert the Fashion Police! The 13th Doctor has a costume — and it will give her sixth persona’s notorious eyesore a run for its sartorial money!
Now, unlike Colin Baker‘s deliberately offensive multicolored suit, Jodie Whittaker‘s ensemble is not designed to assault the senses and offend the sensibilities — but it will take some getting used to. On the plus side, the newest Doctor’s threads do pay tribute to many of her previous selves and their… uh, questionable tastes.
It appears the newly regenerated Time Lady will be in a nostalgic mood, because the outfit she eventually puts together clearly pays tribute to just about all of her previous selves.
Let’s start with the T-shirt. While reminiscent of the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), its brown tint and colored-stripe pattern it immediately call to mind the endless scarf worn by Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor.
The suspenders call to mind the 11th Doctor’s (Matt Smith) braces, as well as the Seventh (Sylvester McCoy), Sixth, Fifth (Peter Davison) and Second (Patrick Troughton).
The long duster is the same color as McCoy’s Season 24 jacket, but its length is obviously a callback to Doctor No. 10, (David Tennant), as are the blue shorts, which echo 10’s blue pinstripe suit while at once being uniquely her own. The high waist does hearken back to the Second and the First Doctor (William Hartnell), though. And is she wearing the 11th Doctor’s boots?
I don’t see any overt reference to the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee), which, perhaps, is no surprise, since that persona was an infamous fashion victim, devoted to velvet jackets in several hues as well as capes! The Edwardian-themed Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) also seems to have been left out of the mix, as was the short-tenured War Doctor (John Hurt).
One final note: Just because she’s a woman now does not mean the Doctor must all of a sudden dress properly and fashionably. The alien sense of decorum is an integral part of the character’s charm and should be maintained. Besides, there are plenty of women in the world who know nothing about style and care even less. And that’s okay!
The 13th Doctor will debut (most likely sporting her predecessor’s costume, per tradition) at the end of next month’s Christmas special, on Dec. 25.