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Critique Doctor Who's outfit

appolyon

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four button suits with trainers ... what is there to say?
 

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I think he dressed better as the detective in Viva Blackpool.
 

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I was going to pass this thread over, as to not seem like a complete and total geek, but there is a bit of mildly interesting clothing trivia here. If you're not interested, move along, and remember, you clicked on the Doctor Who clothing thread, so it's your own fault.

In addition to the four buttons, the costume has a half-belted action back, drawing on influences from the early 20th century. The first Doctor Who costume, back in the early '60s, was meant to look like the time-traveling character had tried to dress like your typical Englishman, only missed by a few decades. This continues that, while updating the look for modern sensibilities. The current suits are also unusual in that they're made of cotton and have flapped breast pockets.

Personally, I prefer the "English eccentric in space" costume:



That one was inspired, in part, by a painting by Toulouse-Lautrec:



This is what happens when I stay up too late ...
 

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Tom Baker FTW!!!!!
 

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I've always been in a self-argument over whether I like this one or the one that Doc showed better. That scarf has quite the cult following.
 

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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
I was going to pass this thread over, as to not seem like a complete and total geek, but there is a bit of mildly interesting clothing trivia here. If you're not interested, move along, and remember, you clicked on the Doctor Who clothing thread, so it's your own fault.

In addition to the four buttons, the costume has a half-belted action back, drawing on influences from the early 20th century. The first Doctor Who costume, back in the early '60s, was meant to look like the time-traveling character had tried to dress like your typical Englishman, only missed by a few decades. This continues that, while updating the look for modern sensibilities. The current suits are also unusual in that they're made of cotton and have flapped breast pockets


As a fellow geek, I noticed these details too. You know, in an odd sort of way, I think the shoes work well with these suits. First, as you say, the fabric is cotton so is more casual, but it's more that many of the other styling details (fabric pattern aside) are those of casual sports suits so the casual sports shoes are almost in keeping with them! His overcoat is pretty cool too.

Besides, Doctor Who has always had a slightly anachronistic look about his costumes. Well if you can time-travel, I figure your perspective on fashion would be somewhat different to ours!

I still think Peter Davison has the best costume though. Celery stick >>>> pocket square!
 

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I've always thought it must be great fun to be a costume designer for the BBC. We've ended-up watching a lot of the 19thC novels made for TV (the wife is especially fond of the Jane Austen ones), and I always appreciated the sartorial details. I quite like Dr Who's look. It suits his personality and character.
 

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Originally Posted by academe
It suits his personality and character.


I agree, I don't think it would be something that would be easy to successfully emulate for the average person, but it works great for the character.
 

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