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Published on April 5th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

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!


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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.

4 Responses to Ditching the Tweed: Matt Talks New Costume

  1. avatar Bob James says:

    Longer, frock type coats have always worked well for the Doctor, whether way back to the burgundy coat Tom Baker took on (the whole outfit, really, was superb)in his final season, or on Matt now. And keeping the bowtie sets him apart quite nicely as well.

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    I do like the evolution of his look. I know there were some people when he first started who bemoaned the loss of a long coat, and so I would think they’re happier now. And of course, although he still dresses a century out of date, he still thinks of his clothes as “cool”.

  3. avatar Bob James says:

    Exactly. Which is why I at first was taken out a little by Christopher Eccleston’s look. I came to appreciate it as it was completely in keeping with his take on the character, but it was stark to me, at first. He brought a completely brilliant package to the role, as he didn’t appear to just be “wearing” an outfit, but his appearance added to the damaged, keep away, don’t touch me, survivor guilt angle. It’s the same with Paul McGann’s new “look” for the covers of the Big Finish audios. I personally prefer his old gear, but this new look both echoes what has happened to him as well as what’s on the way.

  4. avatar Maria says:

    I LOVE his new look. Much more Doctor-ish than the Tweed.

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