One of the most important decisions every Doctor makes is choosing his uniform. Each incarnation has a very specific sense of style, and while the pieces he wears may vary slightly season to season, that first costume works to establish his personality for the remainder of his tenure.
It was said on its reveal that Matt Smith’s initial costume was intended to invoke a sort of “Indiana-Jones-as-Professor” feel, and on the whole, the costume executes that well. But naturally, Matt Smith had a number of items to look through in the wardrobe department, and the Doctor Who Tumblr had some of those options displayed for our enjoyment. Check out the Eleventh Doctors that might have been!
The first option has a very Sherlock vibe to it and is definitely too dark for the playful aspects that Matt Smith amped up so well. But it’s very sharp and slick. A little too business-forward:
These next two are probably my favorite of the options of the discarded lot—the one on the left looks like a five-year-old got out of bed before his parents woke up, determined to dress himself for once. Totally appropriate for Smith’s Doctor. The plaid on the right gives him a
pirate hipster feel that Eleven’s costume still ended up with. Both look like outfits Matt Smith would actually wear on the street:
Next, an attempt to be brooding with a hint of color, that same striped shirt under a more military-cut coat. It’s pretty, but definitely not his Doctor, or any other Doctor, really. And the one of the right is a variation of the top image, sans coat. He just looks ready for a Mumford and Sons concert, at this rate:
And then, like magic, our Eleven appears. You can watch Matt Smith assume the characteristics that we recognize from his Doctor the instant this costume hits his frame—enamored of his new bowtie, inquisitive, searching. Less swagger, more keen and considering:
So. Very. Cool. What do you think of the whole set? Which variation is your favorite? Any of them strike you as right, or are we good with what we got?
Emily Asher-Perrin would like to
steal borrow some of those wardrobe items, if you please. She has written essays for the newly released Doctor Who and Race and Queers Dig Time Lords. You can bug her on Twitter and read more of her work here and elsewhere.