Cosplayers, start your engines: the BBC has finally unveiled the new look for their twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who. According to the BBC, Doctor Number Twelve features ” a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Dr. Marten shoes,” an outfit concieved by Who’s costume designer, Howard Burden. On the subject, longtime showrunner and head writer Stephen Moffat said:“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!”
Capaldi added: “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.”
The announcement comes as Doctor Who moves further in production on their eighth series, set to start broadcast on Britain’s BBC One in Autumn. Based on history, we’ll get it sooner rather than later in the states (probably a couple of days behind, if anything) on BBC America.
As someone who is more of a lapsed fan of the Who reboot, Capaldi’s new look– different, by far than the other three of the Doctors we’ve seen on the new show– and his comment on it marks to me, a step back towards what had attracted me to Doctor Who in the first place: a sci-fi action show with minimal goofy mugging to the camera, no childishness. My fingers are firmly crossed.