‘Doctor Who’ first look: Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor costume revealed

Jan. 27, 2014 | 12:54 p.m.
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald on the set of "Doctor Who." (Adrian Rogers / BBC)

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald on the set of “Doctor Who.” Capaldi is wearing outgoing star Matt Smith’s costume. (Adrian Rogers / BBC)

Say goodbye to the bow tie. Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor has a new look, seemingly inspired by the costumes of classic “Doctor Who” actors.

BBC America on Monday unveiled the first photo of Capaldi’s costume — a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, white shirt and black Doc Marten shoes. Gone are previous “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith’s purple coat and bow tie.

"Doctor Who" actor Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. (BBC America)

Peter Capaldi with his costume as the Twelfth Doctor. (BBC America)

Costume designer Howard Burden has “woven the future from the cloth of the past,” Capaldi said in a news release. “Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100% rebel Time Lord.”

The new look is in keeping with many critics’ hopes that Capaldi’s tenure will restore some gravitas to the ever-regenerating character.

“He offers a range of new tonal possibilities, some of which are also old possibilities. Indeed, if you look back across the whole life of the series, Capaldi seems very much in the tradition — a likely, almost obvious choice,” wrote Times television critic Robert Lloyd. “He has the authority, the madness, the sweetness. … It may be time for the return of a more fatherly, or at least more fatherly looking, Doctor.”

Although the Scottish actor, best known for his role as a foul-mouthed government official in the political comedy “The Thick of It,” has appeared as a minor character in a previous “Doctor Who” episode (“The Fires of Pompeii”) and in the “Torchwood” miniseries spinoff “Children of Earth,” Capaldi made his debut as the Doctor in a brief scene in November’s 50th-anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor.” A few weeks later, he made his official entrance in the Christmas special, alongside returning character Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).

Filming on the upcoming season is underway in Cardiff. The series is to return later this year.

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13 Responses to ‘Doctor Who’ first look: Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor costume revealed

  1. Shawn Adam says:

    Technically Peter Capaldi is not the 12th, but the 14th. John Hurt is now the 9th, Christopher Eccleston is the 10th, David Tennant is now the 11&12, and Matt Smith is now the 13th.

    • eksortso says:

      John Hurt (his incarnation) rejected the title of Doctor to his final day, and David Tennant was the same Doctor before and after his interim regeneration. These are facts. Matt is 11 and Peter is 12. End of Discussion. Tell everyone you know.

      On the opinion front, Peter's outfit is cool and I'm looking forward to seeing him perform in it.

      • Doctor Who Fan says:

        I would say yes to both kinda like…

        Paul McGann is the 8th Doctor and the 8th Incarnation of the Time Lord how calls himself simply the Doctor!
        John Hurt is the real 9th Incarnation but he rejedted the Title Doctor with the Words: "Doctor No More" He is the one how fought in the Time War better known as "The Warrior" or "The War Doctor". The Dalkes still call him the Doctor as some Time Lords. But the Time Lords also call him "The Renegard" in this Era. So he is not the Doctor but the 9th Incarnation.

        Christopher Eccleston is the 9th Doctor but the 10 Incarnation.
        David Tennant is the 10th Doctor but the 11 Incarnation.
        AND: David Tennatns Doctor used a regeneration in The Stolen Earth/Journeys End.
        So Matt Smith is the 11th Doctor but the 13 Incarnation.
        And Peter Captaldi is the 12th Doctor but the 14th Incarnation.


        (Again the… the … "Numberung Doctors" and the Incarnations dont fit togehter cause The War Doctor rejected the title Doctor and David Tennant used 2 Regenerations, so the Numbers do not fit the Incarnations Number. But Capaldis is the 12th Doctor but the 14th Incarnations) So it Depends if we are talking about numbering the Doctor or his real numbering aks numbering his "ife". In Doctor Who the TV Movie the 7th Doctor (McCoy) said: " In all my travels through space and time, and nearing the end of my seventh life, I was finally beginning to realise that you could never be too careful." and he said futhermore "A Time Lord has thirteen lives…" So now the Doctor has began his 14th Life. He is beginning his 14th Life but he is the 12th Doctor! Just this Simple.

      • Rupert Grimm says:

        That may be so, but it doesn't change the fact that the doctor has had 13 regenerations before Capaldi. While Matt is considered to be 11 and Peter is considered to be 12, they are, in fact, incarnations 13 and 14 of the time lord.

      • anon says:

        What the series counts as actual incarnations is what matters. Not your opinion. The Warrior was someone who was allowed to be while he was near death. The story they'd written even talks about how things were "stronger" where they were. So he was allowed to regenerate without actually using a life. Think of the Doctor as a cat with 12 lives. The rare case where he didn't use a life isn't a real re-generation, as in one he'd used himself.

    • Ryan says:

      Though the "War Doctor" Is a regeneration, he chose not to be called the doctor.

  2. Merry_B says:

    I love it! I can't wait to see what Capaldi brings as the Doctor in the upcoming series!

  3. Roger Smith says:

    And what about Peter Cushing who played the character in two films 1965 Doctor Who and the Daleks & 1966 Dalek's Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

  4. I'm hoping for Pertwee 2. I hate all that ADD nonsense speak,every character seems to speak in some stilted half version of English,everyone sounds like British William Shatner,it worked for him but not a whole country.

  5. david2293 says:

    Ah, I see you changed your costume… I don't like it.

  6. anon says:

    I don't mind the costume, since it's classic Doctor Who. However, I do not like this choice of the Doctor. I was considering catching up on the last season, but if I do that, I'm finished with Doctor Who. I don't like this guy as a new choice. The guy has to -look- the part, and to me he's too fatherly. When they'd started out with Christopher, I'd felt the age was a good choice. Tennant was younger, but he felt the part. Matt was good, though a bit too pushy with his political views and over-did the silliness (I think it was the writing, not him). And that pose. What's he doing, Saturday Night Fever, or an Yami Yugi stance?

  7. Daphne says:

    Dr. Who need to return to regular television in the US. We love the doctor too. I really don’t care for the new doctor but, I will still watch Dr. Who no matter what.

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