Physician Who Costume: The Vogue Verdict

When Jodie Whittaker was introduced as the primary feminine Physician Who in July, she mentioned her appointment felt “overwhelming, as a feminist”. So what does a feminist Time Lord appear to be? The BBC has simply unveiled the primary official picture of the 13th Physician’s new costume – and clearly, the costume division didn’t take heed of Vogue’s instruction again in October that Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer season 2018 assortment could be a salient fashion reference for the moodboard. To our despair, there’s nary a tech coach nor a wonderful jacquard frock coat in sight.

As a substitute, the brand new Physician Who costume contains a intelligent hotch-potch of sartorial nods to earlier Docs. A gray ankle-skimming coat has a touch of a dressing robe about it due to piping on the sleeves and hem, and its size recollects David Tennant’s hulking brown Withnail-style greatcoat because the Tenth Physician. Teal culottes and yellow braces reference each Patrick Troughton (the Second Physician) and Matt Smith’s bowtie-and-braces-wearing Oxbridge tutorial steampunk-cum-Eleventh Physician.


The brown work boots and socks reference Smith once more, plus Christopher Eccleston (the Ninth Physician), and Colin Baker (the technicolour-coated Quantity Six). As for the rainbow-stripes on the navy sweater? Alas, it’s not proof of a well timed funding in Gucci knitwear; reasonably, a rating for Tom Baker, the Fourth Physician, whose 12-foot-long stripy scarf stored hundreds of knitting grandmothers busy when the BBC launched a knitting sample to encourage nation-wide cast-offs within the Eighties.

We acknowledge that the BBC license payment may not stretch to an 18th-Century-style, hand-embroidered brocade frock coat, designed by Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière with a view to discover the incorporation of “anachronism” and “items thought-about as costume” into an on a regular basis wardrobe. We’ll admit that an LV pair of cropped black leather-based trousers is maybe a contact clichéd – a Tomb Raider method to time-travelling.

However braces? Yellow braces? Two straps of elastic reaching from waist to shoulders, as everybody in possession of a pair of breasts or a searingly sharp reminiscence of Jodie Marsh’s public appearances is aware of, are incompatible with the feminine physique. Then there’s the coat, which might do with being a bit extra outsized and ideally rendered in thick woollen examine, if its to be thought-about cognisant of autumn/winter 2017’s tendencies. Neither a cosmic hobo nor a jolly dandy nor a intentionally tasteless try-hard (see Matt Smith’s fez, Christopher Eccleston’s leather-based jacket), Whittaker’s Physician costume establishes her as resolutely Time-Lord-next-door and is ready to endear her to followers due to these refined leans on the programme’s historical past.

So far as we are able to see, nonetheless, the one recommendation she’s taken from the pages of Vogue pertains to the earrings which snake from ear lobe to cartilage. Let’s hope Whittaker whacks on some Saint Laurent rhinestones for the Christmas particular.

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