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Ditching the Tweed: Matt Talks New Costume

There are great demands placed on the Doctor’s swanky new coat – firstly it has to stand the regular wear and tear of time and space, it has to have pockets of infinite dimensions and most importantly, it can’t be dry clean only. (Seriously, the universe is a messy place.)

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The man in charge of the dapper Doctor, Season 7 costume designer Howard Burden has been chatting with Entertainment Weekly about the unique challenges that come with dressing the Doctor:

When I first came into the series [on Asylum of the Daleks], we had an established look for the Doctor. As subsequent episodes came in, I was told that we could actually change the look. It was quite an intense process to actually make sure everyone was happy.

One man definitely happy is the Doctor himself Matt Smith:

I’ve loved every costume, but this one’s the coolest.

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The new look which includes a waistcoat and a new pair of boots (which apparently were made for walking and that’s just what they’ll do) has also impressed new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman:

The Doctor’s getting rather dapper. I get to change every single episode, which is nice.

It is indeed.

For more nice things, check out this video of Matt, Jenna and Howard discussing the costuming on the new series below. And head over to Entertainment Weekly!


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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