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Published on March 22nd, 2014 | by Rebecca Crockett

A Different [Time] Ring?

Something concerning the Twelfth Doctor’s costume has also been noticed as possibly being significant – a change in his ring.

It’s well known that Peter Capaldi most always wears the wedding ring he exchanged with his wife some 23 years ago even if the character he’s playing isn’t married. Fans noted back when filming began in January that he was wearing what seemed to be that same ring, a plain gold band.

But recent images show Capaldi is wearing a second ring, described as having a green stone. Whatever the significance of the ring is, we don’t think it’s compatible with a chameleon arch.

Now to this writer there also seems to be some kind of symbol or something surrounding the stone. I wonder if this will be something that we will get an explanation for or if it will be a detail whose significance will be left a mystery, one that will be left to fans to speculate about.

Given that the good Doctor is technically not married (remember, time was reset with a kiss after the “marriage” to River back in Series 6) what could this be?


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Rebecca is new to the Who world, having only recently watched the entire new series in a span of 8 days. She is no stranger to sci-fi though, being a life long Trekkie and has vague memories of seeing the 4th Doctor on US television as a child. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she is a fan of pop culture and loves movies and books so much she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She also likes to make attempts at various forms of art including photography and painting. Rebecca is currently working her way through as many classic serials and as many books related to the show that she can find and wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

13 Responses to A Different [Time] Ring?

  1. avatar Paul Brown says:

    Could it be a stripped-down sonic? The stone is the same colour as the current screwdriver’s light, and it’s possible 12 doesn’t want to spoil the lines of his snazzy suit with a bulky scientific instrument. Would also be a good excuse to limit the sonic’s power and range – one of the most frequent criticisms of the last few seasons was its over-use.

    • avatar Simon Magellan says:

      Hope not – we’ll be wandering into Green Lantern territory!

  2. avatar Simon Magellan says:

    Both Hartnell and Pertwee’s Doctors wore rings without it having any special meaning. Sometimes, as the man said, a cigar is just a cigar – and this is a fairly simple way of covering up that he’s wearing is wedding ring.

  3. avatar Lynzilla says:

    I have a crackpot theory that it’s a hologram projector. Someone nefarious coshed the Doctor and stuffed him in a closet in the TARDIS and is impersonating Twelve. It was established in Time of the Doctor that hologram projectors were small enough to swallow, so it isn’t too far-fetched that one could be mounted on a ring. Oh, who am I kidding thats just nuts….or is it? Man, series 8 can’t come soon enough!

  4. avatar STLShawn says:

    After wearing my wedding for so many years, my ring finger actually looks a bit strange when i take it off (not only the pale band, but there is an indention left).

  5. avatar calliarcale says:

    The First Doctor had a large ring as part of his costume; I wonder if it’s meant to be the same ring.

  6. avatar DonnaM says:

    Why does everything have to have some reason or significance, I wonder? I mean it’s obvious why it’s there – it’s the easiest way of disguising Mr Capaldi’s wedding ring. But does it actually have to be explained away in the script?

    Hartnell’s wasn’t. Nor Pertwee’s. And if Five was allowed a piece of random greenery, why shouldn’t Twelve be allowed a piece of jewellery if he wants one? :-)

    It’s a trivial detail, easily covered in a line: “Oh, it’s a reminder that Gallifrey’s still out there to be found ” or “Look Clara, I found this on the market stall on the Planet Whatsit, this incarnation’s a bit of a magpie!” but frankly I hope it’s completely ignored. I’ve never understood the obsessive need to have “explanations” for the tiniest little thing, after all!

    • avatar Simon Magellan says:

      I’m waiting for the photo of PC picking his nose on set, which will lead to months of internet speculation and forum conjecture about whether this will be a trait of the new Doctor!

    • becuase there’s a part of some of us that wants our theory to be right. AND/OR, we feel a need to know about the things that pique our interest. just like you. just like anyone.
      One man’s trash… is another man’s TARDIS.

  7. avatar Colin says:

    Actually, the First Doctor’s ring was more than just costume. It had power, too. The Web Planet, anyone? Also, one of the immediate effects of the First’s regeneration into the Second was the fact the ring no longer fit–something Ben points to as evidence that he couldn’t be the same person.

    Capaldi’s ring may have no plot significance, but who knows… :)

  8. The 1st Doctors ring does have some sort of mysterious powers in The Dalek’s Master Plan. He uses it to unlock the damaged lock on the Tardis after the Time Meddling Monk made it unusable. When Steven confronts him on it The Doctor tells him its none of his business and it’s never brought up again. It’s a great moment in the episode but it made me wonder if any other incarnations of the doctor has ever used the ring again. Of what I’m reading apparently not. Perhaps its going to play a bigger role in the new Season. I certainly hope so!

  9. maybe it’s the Ring of Rassilon. We all know he stole the Presidential Artifacts. And the codes to the vault. And the royal kitten. And the kitchen sink. And the Ship.

  10. you know, you guys… in the picture of 12 and Clara, they are BOTH wearing RINGS.

    Hrm.. sonic rings, or… something more?
    She reminds me of some kind of cross between Romana and Sarah Jane. Ergo, the Sonic Ring idea makes sense. BUTTT.. it would be nice if they were married.

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