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 Eleventh Doctor: At A Glance
The Eleventh Doctor was portrayed by Matt Smith, the youngest actor to play the role, at age 26. His reign ran three seasons, as well as seven specials, with his last cameo appearance in the first Twelfth Doctor episode.
The Eleventh Doctor’s time was filled with paradox, time shifts, and more messing with the frame of time and space than other doctors before him. He was able to witness the saving of Gallifrey, as the 50th Anniversary Special came during his time, and he was able to grow old on the planet Trenzladore defending it from aliens and investigating the last pesky crack in the universe, a phenomenon that had been part of his tenure since his first episode. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of his adventures.
The Eleventh Doctor has some of the most complicated companions of any of his incarnations. There were The Ponds; Amy he met as a child and left her waiting for his return through adulthood, and Rory Williams her husband who one time watched over her for more than 1,000 years. There was River Song, his would-be assassin and once and future wife, who just happened to be The Ponds’ daughter, as it turns out. The Ponds got whisked back to Manhattan in the 1930s by Weeping Angels, and he sent River off to The Library to die during the Tenth Doctor’s reign. His also teamed up with his TARDIS (aka Sexy) in human form, Idris. And then there was Clara Oswald (or Oswin Oswald or Clara Oswin Oswald), who he met in different forms and eras. Clara has apparently met every incarnation of The Doctor, saving him from various situations, and has died countless times in the process. She is still the companion of the Twelfth Doctor, and still a bit of a mystery.
The Eleventh Doctor’s look matched his youthfulness, with a schoolboy style most of the time. This included a white collared shirt, red suspenders, bow tie (more about that later), with black or brown lace-up boots, high-water slacks, and that classic physics teacher jacket complete with elbow patches. There was also the occasional issue with Egyptian-influenced head wear, but more about that later, as well.
Unlike the Tenth Doctor’s regeneration, the Eleventh Doctor knew what was coming and handled it with the charisma as only Eleven could. The regeneration process was as fast as a sneeze, and he was ready for it….unfortunately his next incarnation wasn’t…but that’s another story.
Eleven may have had some personality swings, but he kept a positive, child-like nature beneath it all.
“My experience is that there is, you know, surprisingly, always hope,” he said.
The Props: The Fez and Bow Tie
It just seems fit to do an easy run for Eleven, since he spent quite a bit of time commenting on his attire. He proclaimed “Bow ties are cool” at least four times during his tenure as Doctor, as well as once for fezzes (plus one time for Stetsons in “The Good, The Bad and The Alien,” but he did consider wearing a fez first). He has also donned a bowler and a tri-corner for those keeping score.
Most of the time, Eleven wore a red bow tie, but not always. There was a fan theory floating around his bow tie changed colors depending on which direction the TARDIS went in time, but really it was just random. There were, however, a couple of episodes where he wore a blue bow tie, and he dolled up in formal black tie and tux for The Ponds’ wedding.
The fez is most prominently features in the episode, “The Big Bang,” which was not well received by his friends and quickly taken care of with a bullet from River Song, but this little red hat is has caught on with cosplayers, fan artists and even in action figures. He usually ran across one among museum exhibits, wore one in “A Christmas Carol,” and in a mini episode for Doctor Who Confidential, “Death is the Only Answer,” in which he meets up with old friends, and former fez owner, Albert Einstien.
Here’s a little tip for cosplay purists: The Doctor’s fez did not have any tassel, although there are official Doctor Who fezzes available with and without one. Hot Topic has a tasseled one for $9.50, if you feel you really want that tassel.
The fez and bow tie can often be purchased as a set, and ThinkGeek and Amazon both have sets, (sans tassel) for around $14.99. The official BBC Shop version, pretty much the same as the other two sets, is $19.98. Interestingly enough, a nice officially licensed bowtie on its own is $39.98 for either a red or a 50th Anniversary blue polka dot version, but it does come in a nice little box.
The Eleventh Doctor was one sporadic character, and although his look was like college professor meets Pee Wee Herman, in his little tweed suit jacket (and official BBC version is available for $49 to $59 on Amazon, as well as at the BBC Shop for $49.98 in both women’s and men’s styles) he went through a number of coats. The most stylish, and one of the more expensive of his items, is the purple frock coat, available on sites like Abbyshot for $399, a ladies version is $389 on ThinkGeek. He also wore a green doublebreasted moleskin jacket, which can be found on the official BBC shop for $329. What on Earth sometimes also has his jacket for around $25, if you catch a good sale.
The Eleventh Doctor loved his style, and it showed. Upon seeing himself in the mirror in one of his first episodes, he couldn’t help but admire his look.
“Hello, Handsome,” he said.