For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to take an easy, laid-back trip through Time and Space during with some quick peeks at one or two costume props for each of The Doctor’s incarnations from Doctor Who.
The Tenth Doctor: At A Glance
The Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, ran the TARDIS from 2005 to 2010, with fan-favorite companion Rose Tyler, and eventually with Martha Jones and Donna Noble. He had several other companions along the way on shorter adventures, including Donna’s grandfather, Wilfred Mott.
This Doctor, thanks to Tennant, had a personality filled with over-the-top energy and quirks that gained him one of the top positions as the most loved Doctor incarnation among fans…especially fan girls. He had a wide, crazy grin, thick wild brown hair (although he was disappointed to not be ginger), and gave himself the memorable catchphrase “Allon-sy.” (French for, ‘”let’s go!”). He was more of a lover than a fighter, and found himself at the receiving end of romantic advancements from several companions and characters, although, like it or not, his hearts remained with his first companion Rose Tyler, with whom his half-human, Meta-Crisis version eventually remained . He did have a dark side, however, and Donna Noble stated he needed to have someone to travel with to keep it in check.
From his adventures to his romantic interludes, this Doctor had a complicated go of it. He’s been killed in parallel universes, had a cloned daughter, briefly married Elizabeth I, lived temporarily as a human to keep his Time Lord identity hidden, gotten trapped in the 60s by Weeping Angels, and sprouted a half-human version of himself from his severed hand. He loved quoting pop culture from Ghostbusters to The Lion King, and he loved a good party.
Eventually, he regenerated alone in his TARDIS just after taking one last glimpse at his friends and companions. The last person he saw before his life ended was Rose Tyler, not long before she first met the Ninth Doctor.
This Doctor’s look, as described by Tennant, was “geek chic,” with fitted suits (varying from blue to brown pin-striped), a long trench coat and his omnipresent trainers (tennis shoes). This look is popular with both male and female cosplayers, and helped make Ten one of the most recognizable Doctor incarnations. He was even voted as the UK’s favorite Doctor incarnation in a 2013 poll in Radio Times Magazine.
Tennant himself loved being The Doctor and was happy to return for the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of The Doctor. His popularity with fans made the lonely way he finally said good-bye especially hard to take, even for The Doctor.
“I don’t want to go,” were his final words…and many Tenth Doctor fans felt the same way.
The Props: The Converse and Coat
There is probably no costume item easier to come by then Tenth Doctor’s Converse All Stars (aka trainers). His choice varied between classic white and red high tops, but he wore some nice “formal” black low tops with his tuxedo for the Christmas episode, Voyage of the Damned.
The All Star Classic white and red high-tops are $55 retail ($35 youth sizes), and the classic black All Stars are $50. Simple as that. There are constantly specials on these shoes at various retailers, so always shop around. Although these weren’t actually worn by The Doctor, there is also a high top Union Jack pattern.
The white Converse were actually Tennant’s shoes long before he was even The Doctor. When he first suggested keeping them as part of his costume, the idea was at first rejected, but Tennant persisted and got his way…much to the overwhelming approval of viewers and cosplayers everywhere. Even through it is obvious that his shoes are Converse, the logo has been removed or sprayed over as so not to violate and copy wright laws.
The Trench Coat was another item Tennant wanted personally. When first taking the role of The Doctor, he said he wanted a really long coat. The coat Tennant wore was a special coat made from sofa covering, but there are replicas available. ThinkGeek offers both a mens’ version and ladies’ version of the coat for $299, as well as one on DoctorWho.com, but a similar version can be found for more than $100 less from sites like Film Jackets and Angel Jackets. Of course, ThinkGeek does also have the standby costume Tenth Doctor t-shirt for only $19. Her Universe also has the Tenth Doctor Aline dress for $35.
The Tenth Doctor remains one of the most popular to cosplay, and he would certainly approve:
“I’d call you a genius,” he would say, “except I’m in the room.”