All The References In Jodie Whittaker’s New Costume

Jodie Whittaker has already broken the mould by being the first woman to play the Doctor, and now her new outfit has been unveiled, does it match up to those of her predecessors?

Unsurprisingly, her new threads, which were unveiled yesterday, are certainly eccentric; combining cropped teal culottes (which are apparently in right now) with yellow braces (which will never be in), a striped jumper (it seems to be reversible too which is handy for those look trips in the fourth dimension) and a long trench coat with a rainbow trim – then there’s the brown boots, blue and turquoise striped socks and some very fetching earrings on her left ear, her new outfit looks like an alien trying to be a woman after spending a very long time as a man and not really getting either of those things right. In other words, it’s gender neutral.

There are obvious nods; the boots and braces recall Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor – both Smith and Whittaker share the same costume designer, Ray Holman, who also put together the Eleventh Doctor’s distinctive look. Other Doctor’s to have snapped the odd brace are Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor which this new outfit owes a clear debt, Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor (who of course, got to compare braces with the Second Doctor in The Two Doctors) and Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor, who sported a traditional red pair of trouser hoists.

The long coat is reminiscent of the Fifth Doctor’s own long coat (as well as Romana’s too) although the colour is more Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor – and that’s not to mention David Tennant’s ‘hero coat’ too, which as we know is very good at creating dramatic silhouettes.

Then there’s the stripes on the jumper and coat which, when combined with the braces, resemble another famous TV alien in the form of Robin Williams’ Mork from Mork and Mindy – as well as Wesley Crusher’s nifty stripes from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Also the stripes obviously recall Tom Baker’s iconic, improbably long scarf (and to a lesser extent the stripes donning the outfits of Pearl Mackie’s Bill Potts and Ingrid Oliver’s Osgood – which is a reference within a reference within a reference for those keeping count).

Also, it’s been awhile since we’ve seen high-waisted trousers…

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the Doctor’s new look are the earrings – at the top of the ear and at the lobe. They serve to contradict the very costume-y look of her outfit by suggesting a yet unrevealed aspect of the Doctor’s new personality. Or she wants to be a pirate…yargh!

A reassuring reference distribution device wrapped in a stylish coat? A children’s TV presenter? A perfectly attired anti-fashion statement? Whatever your opinion of the Thirteenth Doctor’s outfit, it’s certainly the beginning of her and Doctor Who‘s own very distinct path.

As for the TARDIS though…

  • Jack Ashcraft

    That’s reaching quite a bit.

  • FrancoPabloDiablo

    She might have broke a mould but her casting has definately broke the show – through no fault of her own as she is an excellent actress going purely from Attack The Block which is the only thing I have seen her in. If anything, the costume just makes me feel sad that Robin Williams is no longer with us! And even all the liberal, snowflake, easily offended, SJW champions (which, of course, not all of you are) can’t deny this outfit is only beaten by the 6th Doctor’s for title of the worst outfit. Another nail in the coffin for the show. Don’t know how many more nails the coffin can take but I assume it is nailed down enough by now!

  • The Lazy Womble

    so the “costume” has rainbows…

  • Robert Carnegie

    The earrings are Bajoran. 😉

  • DonnaWho?

    I am looking forward to Jodie Whittaker getting her chance to prove herself as the Doctor but I have to say that at this time, I am not fond of the outfit. The length of the coat is fine but the color does not mix well with her blonde hair.
    I feel the pants are a bit too short and the suspenders clash with the whole outfit.
    But if it were fine tuned more maybe it might work. It NEEDS more work.

    • d0ct0rkev

      I wouldn’t worry. Peter Capaldi’s “Pertwee look” was only the first iteration of his outfit. All of the doctors in the new series varied their look. Even Ecclestone changed his jumper!
      It was only an issue during the JNT years.

  • Planet of the Deaf

    To me they’ve tried too hard to get references in to previous Doctors, rather than have a more natural style, with perhaps one distinctive aspect.

    11’s look worked as the memorable aspect wasn’t a specific outfit, but rather the tweed jacket and bow tie look. Indeed the bowtie became so important and symbolic, 11 removed it just before he regenerated, and let it fall to the floor.

  • d0ct0rkev

    I think people should at least watch the first episode of the new series before condemning it as dead. I remember being devastated when Patrick Troughton took over, but had completely forgotten Hartnell after about six weeks!

    • bar

      That’s a really apt observation d0ct0rkev; it seems Jodie W is in much the same position as Pat T, except that instead of taking over unexpectadly after one beloved person, she’s having to take it on after 13 (including Hurt, of course). It is to Pat that we owe the astonishing longevity of the show; I hope Jodie and team will pull off the same miracle.

  • kwijino

    I am somehow reminded of Back the the Future: “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some *style?”

    Or as it is here… “The way I see it, if you’re gonna risk ruining a show and gender change a lead character, why not do it with some *style?* You know, as opposed to.. uhm…. that?” All the glamorous costumes they did for River Song, the practical but pretty costumes for Clara, and this John Nathan Turner homage is what they came up with?

    • James Lomond

      I wondered whether part of what they’re doing is to avoid highlighting the gender change and to make the look fairly neutral and eccentric rather than *pretty*/*feminine* sorta thing.

      • kwijino

        Maybe so.

  • James Lomond

    The coat/ hood area looks like it’s referencing the original Time Lord costumes which I love!

    Not sure what I think overall. Need to see it pelting down some corridors before I’ll know.