Doctor Who Reveals 13th Doctor’s First Outfit
The 13th Doctor’s gotten her first outfit, and we can all hope it will change quickly, right?
The Doctor Who Christmas special is just over six weeks away, with the first sneak peek coming a week from now during the BBC’s annual Children In Need telethon. That means the PR campaign will soon kick into high gear for us to say goodbye to Peter Capaldi and hello to Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor.
In anticipation of that, the first look for the historic first female Doctor was released by the BBC today and… it’s not good.
Like it’s really not good.
Like, it’s Sixth Doctor level not good.
Well, we can guess why she’s wearing that hoodie trench coat and it’s to cover up the utterly embarrassing outfit she’s wearing. The little kid sweater that doesn’t hide bra straps? No. The yellow suspenders that are there because of the desperate need to hide bra straps? Double no. The completely unflattering cut of pant that not only looks like the crotch is too long, but has high water cuffs to hide that the legs are too short? Triple no.
Literally, the only thing I like about this is the socks and shoes. Oh, and the piercings. I can already see that “ear jewelry as a 13th Doctor marker” being sold and worn at every convention I attend from here on out.
The rainbow palette of the outfit is supposed to gently call back to the Sixth Doctor’s rainbow madness, but modernized and feminized, with a little bit of the Fifth Doctor in the piping of the jacket.
But you know? At least Colin Baker’s pants fit.
And Peter Davison’s jacket made sense with the rest of the getup.
And of course, the Tenth Doctor’s trench. I approve that hers has a hood.
The good news though is that since David Tennant, no Doctor has actually stuck with their original outfit design for more than a few episodes. David Tennant went through a variety of striped suits during his time as the Doctor, with only the Converse sand shoes and trench coat sticking around to the end. Matt Smith didn’t start out with a fez, it randomly showed up partway through. (The bowtie, on the other hand, never left.) And Capaldi basically forced his Doctor out of the Third Doctor inspired outfit he started out in, and into the holey sweater by sheer force of will. This then inspired the costume designer to move him to things like the burgundy smoking jacket.
So perhaps there will be parts of this outfit that stay (I can see maybe the 13th Doctor committing to making suspenders cool. And again, the ear jewelry is fab.) But for the love of god people: Pants that fit. It’s not hard.
Let’s just hope at least these pants have pockets.