The Doctor has a new look as Peter Capaldi’s era officially begins. In a picture released today by the BBC, Capaldi can be seen in the costume that will define his time as the Twelfth Time Lord in one of TV’s biggest roles. Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Dr. Marten shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden.The costume has definite hints of Jon Pertwee's costume, something I highly approve of. I've said before the I'd really like to see some more Pertwee influences in the Doctor. New Doctors frequently cite Patrick Troughton as one of their greatest influences, but never Pertwee. It's time for some Pertwee influences, I think. Of course, a costume influenced by Pertwee's costume does not necessarily indicate a personality influenced by the third Doctor. Still, it's something.
Commenting on his costume, Peter Capaldi said: “He's woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.” While lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat added: “New Doctor, new era, and of course new clothes. Monsters of the universe, the vacation is over - Capaldi is suited and booted and coming to get you!”
Filming for episode one of series 8 began earlier this month, after 10.2 million tuned-in on Christmas Day to get their first much-anticipated glimpse of Capaldi’s Doctor. Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, commented: "Peter Capaldi's Doctor is officially recorded in history today with the unveiling of his new costume. It's sharp, smart and stylish - The Twelfth Time Lord means business."
However, while the costume clearly has Pertwee influences, it's much more subdued than what Pertwee typically wore, and I like that, too. It's simple and straight-forward, and it makes its mark without having to resort to anything gimmicky. It stands out, but doesn't look out of place. I can't wait to Capaldi in action in it!