The Ninth Doctor, portrayed by Christopher Eccleston, was the first of the “new era” of Doctors. Just out of the Time Wars, Nine hit London with a bang (literally), and ushered in a new high-powered series of Doctor Who.
Although his tenure in 2005 was only one series long, it carried quite a bit of weight, with memorable episodes like The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances and Bad Wolf/The Parting of Ways, the latter of which he gives up his life out of sheer love, to save his companion, Rose. This was the first series to also see a full-on blaze of glory regeneration process, which has become series norm.
Eccleston sadly never returned for any future series or specials, although Nine has lived on novels, audio dramas and comics, including a mini-series created by Titan Comics celebrating the new Who era’s Tenth Anniversary. His character has also amassed quite a large cult following, as many maintain Doctor Who would never have made it to 50 years had his portrayal been unsuccessful. His series also introduced many other popular characters including fan-favorite companion Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness who went onto star in in the edgy Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood.
Eccleston gave The Doctor an emotional range, unlike any of his predecessors. He could be exceptionally funny and romantic, aloof and cold, fiery and hot-tempered, compassionate and brave, but most of all, he was one badass Time Lord.
Nine is just out of the war-torn environment, and thinks all of his people are gone, because of him. And he DOES NOT, mess around.
There’s little of his other incarnations’ pacifism and bumbling in him. Sonic screwdriver doesn’t work on wood? Kick the door down. Other incarnations won’t use a firearms.? He made use of great big one in the episode, Dalek. Pick up a would-be companion who’s an idiot? Dump his sorry butt off at his mommy’s! Do not mess with his authentic Northern accent, his girl (whether he admitted it or not), any person, place or thing he had it in his hearts and mind to protect, and especially his opinion.
The Ninth Doctor is the no-nonsense tough guy, and he had a look to match. Instead of quirky overcoats and hipster suits, this Doctor would look just a tough in the “real” world as he does in the Who universe. With military-style short hair, a well-worn leather Naval jacket, black jeans, combat boots and an assortment of v-neck pull-on sweaters (jumpers). These jumpers (which could easily pass for t-shirts in the cosplay world) were the closest Nine came to a costume change, as they were sometime maroon, dark green, blue or black. He also ditched the fob watch for a nondescript “Men in Black” looking wrist watch.
His look may have been the most low-key, but is it a favorite with male and female cosplayers alike. Everyone loves a bad boy.
“I can feel it. We’re falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world… That’s who I am. Now forget me….,” he warned in his introductory episode, Rose.
Never, My Doctor. Never.
The Prop: The Jacket and Boots
The Ninth Doctor not only begins the era of the “new series” of Doctors, he starts the trend of very expensive cosplay. Every Doctor from Nine to Twelve is going to be costly for those wanting to duplicate the looks just right. That being said: let’s get a leather jacket!
Nine’s jacket is actually a German U-Boat captain jacket, and these can be found on many leather and menswear sites for $150 on up.
The boots are just your plain, black combat boots and can be found at any military surplus stores (as well as online from MilitaryClothing), but those looking for more fashionable brands from Dr. Martens to Timerlands, ranging in price from under $70 of more than $200 can be found by perusing sites like Zappos. Just a tip, it’s okay to cheap out on the jacket, but poorly fitting or poorly made boots will hurt your feet. Get something that fits and is well made.
He might have been the longest-lived Doctor, but will stand out in his fan’s minds as being, in his own last words “absolutely fantastic!”