Does he look smart and cool or has he turned into a fool? The debates and battles have raged (OK, maybe not “raged”…) online and in fandom in the days since the Twelfth Doctor’s look was unveiled, with what seems to be a mostly favorable reaction.
The BBC’s News Magazine Monitor page collected some of the more notable comments and put them together under five basic headings: No messing about, One step beyond, All grown up, Behind the Sofa, and Cutting a dash. Just from the titles, a person can sense where the reactions are headed.
Fan and Who-author Jenny Colgan liked the new costume and said that Capaldi’s look is “cool, subtle, not giving too much away”.
Empire Magazine‘s James White compared the look to Jon Pertwee and thinks some scary stories might lie ahead because of the Third Doctor’s “vaguely gothic” look “with all the Hammer Horror overtones that suggests”.
The only fairly negative comment came from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy‘s Julian Bennett, who ended with, “It looks like a man having a midlife crisis and trying to relive his youth.” But for someone who is 1200 years old, when exactly would a midlife crisis hit them?
The best part of the article, for me, is the comparison of the Twelfth Doctor’s new suit to the look of famed eccentric film director David Lynch (Dune, Twin Peaks). The dark jacket and buttoned up white dress shirt somehow seem cooler now… even without the Lynchian sunglasses or dangling cigarette.
Do the Doctor’s clothes have an effect on how you personally enjoy the stories? Would you be able to enjoy the upcoming eighth series if Peter Capaldi had decided that a return to the Sixth Doctor’s outfit would have been best?