All images via The British Broadcasting Corporation
We’re getting pretty excited for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special! A television cult classic and the longest-running science-fiction T.V. show in the world, for the past 50 years the Doctor has been adventuring through space and time in his TARDIS (that’s short for Time and Relative Dimension in Space… or a time machine for the uninitiated), battling sinister aliens with his wits and sonic screwdriver, and keeping history on the right track with the assistance of a varied cast of supporting characters. Of course, a 50-year running T.V. show is bound to experience some changes. To date, there have been eleven different actors who have taken on the prestigious role of the Doctor, with each transition written into the plot as a ‘regeneration’ of sorts.
My sweetie is taking me to see the anniversary special in 3D when it airs on November 23rd, so naturally I’ve been brushing up on the past 50 years. While watching some of the older episodes, I couldn’t help but appreciate how each of the Doctor’s incarnations has a distinct look to go along with his individual personality. So, with this momentous anniversary nearly here, what better time to explore the varied style choices of the first eleven Doctors?
When the series began in 1963, the First Doctor (above) sported a dark blazer, and checked pants, accessorizing with a long silk scarf and a twisted cane.
The Second Doctor, who took over in 1966, had a slightly scruffier sensibility, with his of-the-times mop top, oversize coat, and stovepipe hat. His checked pants have evolved into an equally-oversize plaid pair, which extend to meet a pair of sensible boots.
Debuting in 1970, the Third Doctor was the first to be broadcast in color, at which point his wardrobe transformed into a rainbow of velvet smoking jackets, fantastic frilled shirts, and shimmering satin capes.
The Fourth Doctor is arguably one of the most recognizable, especially in the U.S. Clad in an iconic, miles-long striped scarf, a wide brimmed hat, cravat, and a frock coat, this Doctor had a far more earth-toned appearance when compared to the last. His episodes started airing in 1974, and were my introduction to the series, since they played on my local PBS station on Saturday nights, right after Red Dwarf.
The Fifth Doctor took over in 1981, and his look went from 70s earth tones to early-80s cricket-club-chic. His fifth incarnation favored a sporty look modeled after an Edwardian cricketer’s outfit, which included a white sweater, tan frock coat, striped pants, and a pair of plimsoll shoes.
The Fifth Doctor regenerated to the Sixth Doctor in 1984, and his outfit was certainly the most colorful of the bunch, sporting a patchwork frock coat, yellow pants, and multi-colored ties.
In 1987, the Seventh Doctor’s ensemble was a bit more toned down in plaid tweed pants, a cream hat and coat, and question mark sweater.
The Eighth Doctor starred in a 1996 movie and once again reverted back to a more formal look with his long back coat, cravat, and matching waistcoat.
For the series relaunch in 2005, the Ninth Doctor — who is my personal favorite — turned far more modern, donning jeans and a battered black leather jacket.
The Tenth Doctor — and arguably the most popular — took over later in 2005 and chose an eclectic look, including a pinstriped four-button suit, brown overcoat, and sneakers.
The Eleventh Doctor, who is the most recent, debuted in 2010. He enthusiastically embraced the classic bow tie, along with a tweed jacket, and some cool hats, including a fez and a Stetson.
The Twelfth Doctor will be regenerating soon, and I’m pretty excited to see what items he adds to The Doctor’s wardrobe. And while you’re waiting for The Day of the Doctor, be sure to check out ModCloth’s selection of Doctor Who items right here! — By Jamie, Customer Care Advocate