Ron Howard, who has taken over as director of the troubled untitled Han Solo… er, solo film, has already leaked more teaser material about the Star Wars standalone project than the previous directing duo, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, did during their tenure helming the project, which is great, but his latest teaser may not have the effect intended.
Earlier today, the Oscar-winning director tweeted the above image from the film’s set. It was intended as a sneak peak at Lando Calrissian’s wardrobe, but the most prominent garment is absolutely unmistakable!
Can I guess whose closet it is? Yup! It must belong to the Sixth Doctor!
No one else in all of time and space could have a fashion sense that questionable! Colin Baker‘s sartorial assault on the senses was his Doctor’s trademark! Am I sensing an intergalactic copyright lawsuit against Lando actor Donald Glover?
Rest assured, the Doctor has never relied upon frivolous lawsuits, and doubtless he isn’t about to start after some 2,000 years. But the costume similarity is clear, and now you won’t be able to unsee it! Clashing colors FTW!
The Han Solo movie — assuming it gets finished and gets an official name — will be released May 25, 2018.
The Sixth Doctor‘s crusade against couture is available on DVD and online services including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play and Vudu as part of the “Classic Series.” The modern, rebooted DW, which began in 2005, is only available on Amazon Prime.
When Peter Capaldi was announced as the face of the 12th Doctor last summer, his reception was almost universally hailed as brilliant.
There was, however, one teeny-tiny little potential fly in the ointment: The actor had already appeared on the series in a significant guest role — as Caecilius in “The Fires of Pompeii.” And, not only that, he had also shown up in all five episodes of the TORCHWOOD story “Children of Earth,” as John Frobisher.
This is not unprecedented, even for a Doctor; Colin Baker previously played Commander Maxil before donning the hideous garb of the Sixth Doctor. But back then, fans didn’t have instant access to clips of the actor’s previous appearance, nor did they have the Internet (as it currently exists) to discuss/agitate/troll about it. Nowadays, “recycling” an actor gets noticed.
After casting an actor in the role of the Doctor, arguably the most important decision about a new Time Lord is his costume, because it becomes as identifiable as his personality.
Let’s face it, Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor started off on the wrong foot thanks to executive producer John Nathan-Turner’s disastrous decision to go with a hideous-by-design outfit and probably never recovered. Baker had to struggle almost as mightily against his wardrobe as he did with his era’s weak writing and uninspired direction in order to establish his Doctor’s darker persona.
So now we have Peter Capaldi’s incoming 12th Doctor. An established actor with a strong personality, Capaldi’s choice of costume will no doubt reflect his personal vision for his characterization of the Time Lord.
Yes, this is one bit of fan service that just refuses to die — no doubt because DOCTOR WHO fans want it so very badly. The new twist on the same old rumor is that show-runner Steven Moffat — who is writing the anniversary episode as we speak — has fanned the flames with a cryptic remark of his own.
At a BBC Drama Commissions event last week, Moffat said:
“Getting the other Doctors involved would be very fitting for the anniversary episode wouldn’t it?”
YES, it would be very fitting, and it would be very possible to pull off — with the right script and the right approach to coaxing former actors back into their costumes.
Have you heard that erstwhile Sixth Doctor Colin Baker has declared that he will not be involved any 50th anniversary DOCTOR WHO stories – nor will any other classic (read: pre-reboot) Doctor?
Well, calm down, old-school Whovians, because I don’t think he actually said that. Even if he did say it.
SyFy’s Blastr news site is running story claiming that Baker has ruled out all previous incarnations of the Doctor for the 50th anniversary of the series in 2013. But I’m not buying it. This is no time to alienate fandom.
Lead writer Steven Moffat is a series fanboy himself, and he knows that a multiple-Doctor story is what the fans want to see – and that the actual 50th anniversary episode would be the perfect time for it.