Matt Smith stars in Christmas special The Snowmen on Christmas Day

Steven Moffat Discusses Time Lord Threads

Chatting with SFX recently, series chief writer Steven Moffat was quizzed about the Eleventh Doctor’s new look for the forthcoming Christmas special, The Snowmen.

Matt Smith stars in Christmas special The Snowmen on Christmas Day

In particular, Moffat was asked about how the look of the Time Lord is defined, how this is influenced by the actor (Matt Smith) and results in some interesting observations about the attire of the Doctor’s third and fourth personas in particular…

It’s interesting – you look at Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee and actually they don’t wear the same clothes all the time, but they have very, very distinctive looks. They never vary their look at all. I think we could do with moving more towards that version of it.

Clearly, then, this is a direction in which the Eleventh Doctor should be heading – but it seems that the attempts to de-eccentric-ize the ninth and tenth incarnations might have slowed down the move to this realisation (although in fairness Christopher Eccleston sported different jumpers and David Tennant had a couple of suit/tie combis).

I think we were terribly aware, Russell in particular, of not looking like somebody dressing up as Doctor Who. We were all quite paranoid about that. But it’s progressing. We started very, very dour with Chris’ Doctor. Very quickly he’s got the stupid coat and the stupid hair when David takes over.

As for the Eleventh Doctor, the progression of his look is interesting, and apparently what the actor wears affects their performance.

He’s a bit more grown-up now, he’s a bit more the daddy Doctor. He’s more Pertwee-like, really, and it just suited him. Matt’s a bit of a clothes horse – you can put him in anything. It really came down to what he felt like wearing.

For all of this and news of the Doctor’s Christmas episode hat (does it get shot or not?) head over to SFX.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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