It’s one of the great traditions of Doctor Who fandom: meeting a new Doctor, and a new actor portraying him. But as the old saying goes, the clothes make the man, and each Doctor’s wardrobe has played an important and iconic part in establishing the character. We’ve had Tom Baker’s scarf, Peter Davison’s lapel celery, and Matt Smith’s bowtie. While we’d previously seen shots of new Doctor actor Peter Capaldi filming his episodes, we hadn’t gotten a glimpse at his defining duds. Now the official Doctor Who Twitter has finally revealed the Twelfth Doctor’s costume. a sleek black outfit that definitely suits the actor well. You gotta love that snazzy red lining. And Doc Martens, no less! My high school self heartily approves.
Last year, when the BBC and Doctor Who announced Peter Capaldi as the twelfth incarnation of the venerable Time Lord, there was quite a stir among fans of the long-running space and time adventure. We got our first glimpse of the new Doctor in December in the Christmas special, “Time of the Doctor.” Regardless of you take on Capaldi and his rendering of the beloved character, one thing is certain, the man is a huge fan of Doctor Who. How big? Well, we stumbled across some Doctor Who fan art, by none other than Peter Capaldi, from 1976.
Io9 found this image, which first appeared in the May, 1976 edition of the Doctor Who International Fan Club Magazine. I’m not entirely certain what it is supposed to show, but it looks to be the Doctor’s preferred method of time and space travel, the TARDIS, hanging out in some rugged mountains, most likely on some remote alien world. Then again, he could be hanging out in the Himalayas with a crew of Yetis. I wouldn’t put it past him.
With Peter Capaldi stepping in as the latest incarnation of the Doctor, the show will be diverting from the path it’s followed in its “modern” run so far. David Tennant was in his 30s when he took on the role. Matt Smith was in his 20s, and as the first of the revamped show’s time lords, Christopher Eccleston was in his 40s. Capaldi, however, is 55. He certainly isn’t the first older actor to take the lead of Doctor Who, but his age will be a major change for fans who only got hooked on the show in the era of dashing young “sexy” Doctors. But aside from letting his centuries of experience show a bit more, what can we expect from this new Doctor? According to executive producer Steven Moffat, this new “kick-up-the-arse Doctor” is designed to “flip the show around” and establish that Who will be taking a very different direction during Capaldi’s tenure.
There would be little point in making as radical a change as we’ve made unless you’re going to go quite different with the Doctor. The last two Doctors have been brilliant, and have been your ‘good boyfriend’ Doctors. But the Doctor isn’t always like that. There is the sort of Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston end of the spectrum, where he is mad and dangerous and difficult.
If we’d cast Ben Whishaw, you’d know what we were doing. You’d think, ‘Well, that’s another quirky young man with entertaining hair!’ And he’d be a brilliant Doctor, but Clara would just think, ‘Okay, you’ve rearranged yourself a bit…’
Smith And Tennant Banter In Day Of The Doctor Pre-Show Vid (Plus, McGann On Eight’s Surprise Return)
As you might have noticed, Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. (We wrote about it once or twice.) While myself and zillions of other Who fans settled in for the anniversary special in the comfort of our own homes, there were quite a few Whovians who just had to see “The Day of the Doctor” bigger than life — and in 3-D. Yes, a 3-D version of “DotD” actually aired in movie theaters, and fans who opted to attend got a special surprise: an introduction featuring Matt Smith and David Tennant. For those of us who missed it in theaters, you can watch the video above. (It has two versions of the footage: first with audience reaction and second with the video audio only.)
Filming on Doctor Who season eight has begun, the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is on the scene, and he’s looking positively dapper next to companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) in the first season eight set pic released by the BBC. If you recall, the new Doctor’s introduction in “Time of the Doctor” left him and Clara in rather dire straights, but thankfully it looks like they’ll get everything sorted out and not die horribly. Sadly, this first look doesn’t reveal the new Doctor’s outfit, as he’s still dressed in Matt Smith/Eleven’s duds (although he did switch ties). Presumably it won’t take long for him to pick out a new look, certainly longer than it took him to switch kidneys.
There also don’t appear any secrets to be revealed here, other than possibly that there’s something funny over there. ← The official press release says:
The new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, stepped on set today for his first full day of filming as production begins on series eight of the hit BBC show.
10.2 million tuned in on Christmas Day to get their first glimpse of Capaldi in one of TV’s most iconic roles in the festive special The Time Of The Doctor, which saw Matt Smith hang up his bow tie after four years in the role.
Capaldi was revealed as the Doctor in a live BBC One show in August, after months of speculation about the next Doctor’s identity.
If there were time travelers out there, how would we know? It’s not like the TARDIS arrives at the airport or gets parked in municipal lots. Time travelers aren’t supposed to reveal themselves, especially to their past or future selves, because that would disrupt the space-time continuum. No one showed up to Stephen Hawking’s time traveler party. But just because we haven’t confirmed the existence of time travelers doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Two researchers from Michigan Technological University are passing their time in the Upper Peninsula in perhaps the most interesting way this Michigander has ever heard of—by searching the internet for proof of time travelers in the form of uncannily correct predictions about the future.
If you think I’m making this up, just check out the paper the duo published. People don’t write papers unless they’re serious. Even though Stephen Hawking doesn’t think time travel is actually possible, it’s at least theoretically possible, and that’s enough for these guys. The researchers went online to search for “content that should not have been known at the time it was posted.” Like sports predictions from an almanac retrieved from the future. Got it. But isn’t there arguably a ton of information online that “should not have been known?” I mean, we here at GFR make some stunning predictions about sci-fi plots and futuristic technology that have proven prescient. Maybe we ought to come clean about the time traveler on staff? You have to admit, that’s a great asset, although not one I’ve ever seen on a resume or CV.