R2's Day: Capaldi's new duds

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If you haven't seen the sartorial splendour that seems to have rent the very essence of the internet in twain, then avert your eyes.   I will reveal for you the long (well, not so long, really) awaited (really, we were waiting for this?) 12th (???) Doctor's Ensemble....12th Doctor Capaldi costume

 

Okay, all snark aside--- I like it a lot.   I think it has the streamlined look of later Smith with the flair of Pertwee.  It almost has a Hammer Horror vibe- which might be the path that Moffat has charted for this particular Doctor.I'm gonna open this one up for a bit more discussion.   What to you makes a good Doctor wardrobe?  Should it reflect the personality of that particular Doctor, or should it serve the story more?  The longer serving Doctors have had costumes that gradually became darker and more formal as time went on (look at Tom Baker and Matt Smith... and the prospective costume change that Colin Baker would've gotten (had he survived...) Let's talk about the Doctor's new clothes- and our favorite outfits from Doctor's (and companions!) past.To get you started- Romana II's "Pink Doctor" outfit.... good idea or no?

 

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Pink Doctor

Kevin Long's picture

Well, it was a FUNNY idea, I can't speak to whether it was good or not.

I don't think #10's duds got progressively darker. He had two suits - identical except for color - that he tended to trade back and forth between without reason. I should mention that they wanted Smith to dress up like Black Jack Sparrow, and Smith refused. 

The worst of the bunch, obviously, was #6. The most iconic was #4. The problem is that all of them cut a rather goofball silouette in order to make them stand out in what was basically a kid's show. The new show is less so, and hence they tend to dress rather normal, with one little bit of dash. In #10's case, it was a penchant towards big coats. In #11's case, it was that damn bow tie and a tendency towards stupid hats. I think dressing the doctor all goofball like in this day and age would go a long way towards making the character seem ridiculous.

I'd stick with the suit-and-ties for the forseeable future, or, failing that, black jeans, black T-shirt, big black coat, no logos. Or, failing that, have him wear the same coat from his #10 years. He's still got it, right?

If you've got to make him all stand-out-in-a-crowd dorky-looking, then I'd go for mississippi riverboat gambler.

Sincerely,

Kevin Long

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Riverboat Gambler

Well, 8 wore a Wild Bill Hickok costume... that was close.  Brits really don't have a riverboat tradition like we do..  and I think you'd get a belly laugh if you suggested that he look like a canal boat gambler...There actually was reason behind 10's suits.  If the episode took place in the future, the blue suit was worn; if in the past, the brown.  

 

Standing Out In A Crowd Of Your Other Selves

Mama Fisi's picture

A friend of mine who is a huge DW fan pointed out that Capaldi's pose mirrors a famous Pertwee pose.  And going with an older-looking actor makes me think that the writers intend to revisit the action-hero style that dominated the Pertwee years.


That top-button on the coat was a very popular fashion in the 1860's.  The waistcoat also calls to mind the Victorian era.  The severity of the costume makes me think of a preacher.



 

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What Comes After Twelve?

Mama Fisi's picture

What might be funny is if he's supposed to be a "younger" version of the First Doctor, so his "last" incarnation will lead back to his "first" incarnation in a kind of oroboros loop...

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Brilliant!

I knew I had seen that pose before-  Good Job, Mama Fisi (and your friend)!

Yes, I know

Kevin Long's picture

>>> Brits really don't have a riverboat tradition like we do.. and I think you'd get a belly laugh if you suggested that he look like a canal boat gambler..<<<

Yes, I *KNOW* they don't have a rivverboat gambler tradition. Duh. I was going for exotic/iconic.

Two aspects that have never really been explored in The Doctor are a straightahead detective gumshoe type,( which strikes me as odd given that most of his time is spent figuring things out) and as a gambler (Which also strikes me as ood, as given a time traveler who can see all that was and is and could be and must never be, he'd probably be pretty good at it)

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Kevin Long

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totally agree

Kevin Long's picture

>>And going with an older-looking actor makes me think that the writers intend to revisit the action-hero style that dominated the Pertwee years<<

Totally agree

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Kevin Long

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I Like it But...

SheldonCooper's picture

I miss a tie of some sort.  He looks rather plain in that outfit with no tie.  Almost like the tie is blatantly MISSING.  I think an old fashioned string tie would go with that outfit.  Or an ascott.  Also, apart from the color and the lining, it looks EXACTLY like 11.2 but minus the bow tie...

One lab accident away from being a supervillain! Bazinga!