The Doctor’s got a brand new look: Jodie Whittaker’s new Time Lord outfit has been unveiled. And it’s very different to what we’ve seen in modern Who: no sonic glasses, no leather jackets and no bow ties.
However, look close enough and there are several nods and homages to Doctors past. Here’s how the Whoniverse so far may have influenced Thirteen’s sartorial choices…
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The braces and boots (1, 6)
A very interesting choice as another recent Doctor once sported similar clothes: Matt Smith. As well as his bow tie, the Eleventh Doctor wore bright red braces under his tweed jacket.
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Although Whittaker’s braces are mustard yellow, the comparison is unavoidable, especially considering the costume designer behind this outfit, Ray Holman, also put together Matt Smith’s wardrobe.
The stripes (2, 4)
A key feature of Whittaker’s new getup is the stripes that appear on her black jumper and along the edges of her grey coat. The colours look very similar to the pattern that appears on Fourth Doctor Tom Baker’s famous scarf…
— J. Dianne Dotson (@jdiannedotson) November 9, 2017
You know, the one that Unit’s Who fangirl Osgood wears in the modern show?
But those stripes are also a horizontal echo of Bill’s top from the last series.
And they might also remind some fans of Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor too. Just look at the stripes on his jumper and the coloured edges of his similarly beige jacket.
But many have pointed out that the stripes, combined with the braces and blue trousers, resemble a look favoured by another alien, Robin William’s Mork from classic US sitcom Mork and Mindy.
— Marc Hogan (@Marc_Hogan) November 9, 2017
Or Star Trek’s Wesley Crusher…
— Rob Logan (@TheRobLogan) November 9, 2017
We’re guessing it’s not what Who intended, but we’ll take a sci-fi reference wherever we can get it.
The Coat (2)
This seems like an amalgamation of several past Doctors: the grey colour of Sylvester McCoy’s jacket tailored to the length seen on David Tennant’s and Tom Baker’s coat (not to mention Time Lord Romana’s too).
And is that a hood we see hiding around Thirteen’s neck? If so, this could hark back to Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi’s hoodie phase (not to mention the hooded top Whittaker wore herself when she was first unveiled as the Doctor).
The high-waisted trousers (5)
It’s not a look we’ve seen in any Doctor from the modern series, but turn back time to Second Doctor Patrick Troughton and you can see high-riding trousers held up by braces.
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The earrings (3)
Okay, this isn’t technically a call back to another Doctor, but it’s worth mentioning that Whittaker is now wearing earrings – at the top of the ear and at the lobe. Possibly going for a swashbuckling space pirate vibe?
And, if you really want to get geeky about it, we haven’t had a main Doctor Who character who regularly wears noticeable earrings since the days of Donna Noble.
We’ll let you decide if that’s a good thing or not.
This article was originally published in November 2017