As Matt Smith bids farewell to Doctor Who on Christmas Day, regenerating into Peter Capaldi, the new Doctor’s wardrobe choices may not be the main thing on your mind.
Many of you will be swept up with the emotion of the moment as you were when David Tennant uttered his last words, a tear-choked “I don’t want to go”, before Matt’s Smith’s high octane plunge into the role.
But once Smith is gone and Capaldi is in place, thoughts will indeed turn to what sort of Doctor he is going to be – and exactly what he will be wearing.
Details of the costume are being kept firmly under wraps, even though filming has started on series eight, but RadioTimes.com can at least bring you a flavour of the look Capaldi will be sporting.
A BBC source tells me that the decision over the costume was ultimately made by a combination of Capaldi himself, executive producer Brian Minchin, showrunner Steven Moffat and senior members of the art team and had to be approved by senior BBC executives.
Capaldi’s costume mixes old and new – is a “bit old fashioned to denote the fact that he is the oldest Doctor” but is also “looking to the future as well” says the well-placed sourced.
Interesting if slightly enigmatic words but all the source would currently divulge.
My guess is that there will be something quite gentlemanly and distinguished about his attire – maybe a frock coat perhaps, or something C19th a la his favourite Doctor William Hartnell. I suspect he won’t have the eye-watering coat of a Colin Baker or the Christmas jumper look of Sylvester McCoy, with all those question marks.
But what of that modern twist? Exactly what that will be remains to be seen.
While we wait to find out, how do you think Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will dress? And how, if you were the person in charge, would you want him to look? Answers in the comments box below please.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.