The Twelfth Doctor’s Costume Revealed

Full Picture Here – The BBC has just released the first image of Peter Capaldi in his costume as the Doctor. So what do you think?

Press release:

The Doctor has a new look as Peter Capaldi’s era officially begins. In a picture released today by the BBC, Capaldi can be seen in the costume that will define his time as the Twelfth Time Lord in one of TV’s biggest roles. Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Dr. Marten shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden.

Commenting on his costume, Peter Capaldi said: “He’s woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.” While lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat added: “New Doctor, new era, and of course new clothes. Monsters of the universe, the vacation is over – Capaldi is suited and booted and coming to get you!”

Filming for episode one of series 8 began earlier this month, after 10.2 million tuned-in on Christmas Day to get their first much-anticipated glimpse of Capaldi’s Doctor. Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, commented: “Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is officially recorded in history today with the unveiling of his new costume. It’s sharp, smart and stylish – The Twelfth Time Lord means business.”

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A Theory on The Doctor’s Greatest Secret

As the 50th anniversary draws clower there have been many theories concerning the overall story. One of the biggest mysteries yet to be revealed is what exactly did John Hurt’s Doctor do that was so horrible that he lost his title of “The Doctor”. Well, lets look at a few hints from previous episodes and see what we can come up with.

In the episode The Beast Below, the 11th Doctor mentions that he would have to change his name after killing the star whale because he would no longer be a Doctor. So it’s probaby safe to assume that death was involved (genocide?). In the episode The Doctor’s Wife, the Doctor admits he was responsible for the destruction of the Time Lords. One possible theory is that The Doctor did in fact kill all of the Time Lords but at a specific point in time. The time was (maybe) after the end of the largest Time Lord victory during the war at The Gates of Elysium.

Here’s the theory: after the battle at The Gates of Elysium, Davros had fallen, the Daleks were driven off Gallifrey by the Time Lords, and they were all but victorious. However, this victory wasn’t enough for the now power hungry Time Lords. They wanted to erase every last Dalek out of existence. A new offensive was led by the Time Lords and a second Great Time War began. Knowing the Time Lords had to be stopped, the Doctor took it upon himself to end this Second Time War before it started. He tells the Time Lords that he is finished fighting and walks away from the war effort. He leaves the Time War and the Time Lords to start building “The Moment”

The Doctor returns some time later and uses “The Moment” to destroy all of the Time Lords (much like the Immortality Gate in ‘The End of Time’) and converts all of them into regeneration energy which is absorbed by The Doctor (John Hurt) giving him billions of regeneration opportunities. Then using the power of all the Time Lords, the Doctor “time locks” the events of the first Time War so that the war mongering will cease.

I believe that the crimes of John Hurt’s Doctor was the desctruction of a billion Time Lord lives. This does away with his regeneration limit and also explains why there aren’t any Time Lords left after the Time War except those left locked during war time. Its possible he put them in an infinite loop of fighting the same battles with the same outcomes, always ending on the day of their demise and beginning again on the day the Daleks first invaded. This is after all just a theory…

How the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, saved Doctor Who.

Doctor Who may have not lasted fifty wonderful years if the plot device of Time Lord regeneration was not created. Patrick Troughton played the second incarnation of the nortorious Time Lord and he will be featured in a 50th anniversary docudrama titled An Adventure in Space and Time by Reece Shearsmith of the League of Gentlemen.

When William Hartnel began to suffer from poor health in 1966, the idea to have the Doctor regenerate gave the show the ability to recast their star character. This was a risk however, as viewers might not accept that the Doctor could change in appearance and personality. And even if they audience accepted that idea, would they like the new Doctor? It was an incredibly big gamble and that’s why fans often say Patrick Troughton had the hardest job as the new Doctor.

The Doctor’s first regeneration is a tremendous sight to see and Troughton appears along with the sound of the Tardis materialising. There was some initial backlash at first. Fans of the show missed the Doctor they had already come to know and love. It’s truely is a testament to Patrick Troughton’s skills as an actor that he was able to be such a successful Doctor.

Patrick Troughton added his own personal touch to the character. The Doctor was no longer a grandfatherly gentlemen that Hartnell’s Doctor was, and became a more playful man with a mop of dark Beatles hair that fit perfectly with the era of the 1960’s. The new Doctor brought a more enthusiastic and energetic quality to the role. Troughton’s three year run as the Doctor thoroughly established Doctor Who once more as a family favourite but took the show into new territory.

The prominence of historical stories lessened and futurist stories became a stronger theme both on Earth and elsewhere in the universe. The Cybermen returned and became much more menacing than previous encounters. The organization UNIT as well as Brigadier were introduced doing battle with Yeti and other fearful creatures. The Time Lords were also introduced for the first time in his final story, The War Games, where they punish the Doctor for his interfering in the affairs of alien races and sentence him to regenerate again and be exiled to Earth.

Patrick Troughton was a trailblazer for every new Doctors that followed and he remains a fan favourite. He returned to the show three times in the Three, Five and Two Doctors stories and attended Whovian events for almost twenty years after leaving the rold. He passed away while at a Doctor Who convention in America at the age of 67 in 1987. His legacy as the Doctor is immense and it’s hard not to see similarities between Troughton and eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. Between the bow ties, hilariously expressive face or the rediculous way they run it’s clear that 2 and 11 are both cut from the same Time Lord cloth.

What lady wouldn’t want like a gender swapped coat from the 10th Doctor?

Are you tired of playing the Tenth Doctor in a trenchcoat that doesn’t properly fit? No worries, ladies — the BBC has released an official, tailored made Doctor Who tenth Doctor trenchcoat that is downright smashing! Sure it’s a whopping $329.99, but it’s legit!

Doctor Who: A Guide To The Ninth Doctor

When we are introduced to the Ninth Doctor, he is once again seen as a man of mystery. The last time we saw him he was going against The Master, but we don’t know anything about the Time War between the Daleks and Time Lords. It is also unknown exactly when his regeneration between the Eighth and Ninth Doctor occured. Recently, there has been some speculation as to whether there was another Doctor in between eight and nine that was doing stuff that subsequent Doctors were too appalled to discuss. A key aspect of the Ninth Doctor’s character is that he has experienced a lot and lost very much and as a result he carries a heavy burden on his shoulders. He starts off dazzled and defeated by war, and its not until he meets his compantion Rose Tyler that he begins to come out of his shell.

The ninth Doctor is no longer the lovable gadabout space traveler with a lavish fashion sense, he’s a veteran of war. The multicolor shirts, sparkling eyes and frock coats have all been replaced with a scuffed leather coat and a hard stare, with a ton of nervous energy. He is no longer on the run from the stifling self-regard of Gallifrey’s high society, he is just on the run, because he has nowhere else to go. So with a backstory like this, it was a masterstroke to cast Christopher Eccleston as the first Doctor in the reboot of the series.

Had the Doctor been the charming yet eccentric egghead from the home counties, the harsh reality of his time at war would have much more difficult to bring across to audiences. The Ninth Doctor has the least gentlemanly manner of all of his incarnations, because he’s been a soldier in a horrible conflict and was forced to end it by destroying everyone that was involved.

“It might be theatrical shorthand, but by giving the Doctor an accent rooted in the industrial heartland of the British Isles, Russell T Davies takes him out of officer class and puts him amid the rank and file of serving Time Lords, as if the Time War was so extreme it made even this eternally foppish flibbertigibbet look at himself in the mirror with such venom he had to become a hard-bitten working man just to get by.” (Source: BBC) Rose points this out when she asks, “if you are an alien, how come you sound like you’re from the north?” to which Nine replies “lots of planets have a north,” with a slightly beaten tone, as if called out.

This all comes out during the confrontation in the story, “Dalek,” a scene in which fear, anger, horror and glee are expressed, only to be replaced with sense of loathing for himself, the Daleks and hatred.

We have not seen this side of the Doctor until now. And at certain times he does not seem entirely sure about himself either. There are moments during this exchange when you can almost see him thinking “is this what I do now? That doesn’t seem right.”

Luckily, as usual, the Doctor finds a new companion that slowly helps to resets his spirit and level his mind. It’s nonsense to consider Nine without Rose, who shows him how to regain his sense of blance and warmth.  In return, she gets to play with time (she get to meet her dead dad as well as reunite him with her mum), and destroy an entire race of Daleks. Their relationship is very symbiotic. So it’s fitting that this is the Ninth Doctor’s final act.

He takes his view of the universe (in the form of the time vortex) out of Rose’s mind, and somehow finally heals the embittered part of him. In a character arc for the ninth Doctor, all he has left to do now is let himself die, so that he can be regenerate into a significantly less traumatised and more posh Tenth Doctor.

A fantastic outcome all round.

And if you want more on the Ninth Doctor, Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited – The Ninth Doctor is on BBC AMERICA on Sunday September 29 at 8/7c.