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Doctor Who: New Doctor, new look



We have a new Doctor and, therefore, a new look for fans to get their heads round. The BBC's Doctor Who has been thrilling fans for decades and during that time 13 actors have played the part - 12 as "The Doctor" and John Hurt as another iteration of the character known as "The War Doctor". Each version comes with their own characteristics, ticks and a fresh new attire. As with any fandom, the Doctor's new look is always a big one for fans. Those fans were out in force earlier this year when Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker was revealed as the latest actor to take on the role. She will debut in the Christmas Special. Whittaker is the first woman to take on the role, which obviously caused its own tidal wave of discussion, but now it is time for the next one: What do fans think of her look?


As needed, the look is a big departure from previous incumbent Peter Capaldi's attire. Gone are the black jackets and hoodies and a more outlandish and bright colour scheme has come in. I suspect this will be reflected in the character too as the Doctor becomes more light-hearted, though Colin Baker was famously colourfully attired and dark-hearted in the sixth incarnation. At a glace I like the fact it is not understated. The Doctor is always an "other" wherever she is and it makes sense for her clothes not to fit in anywhere. My first thought was "what is she wearing?" But I didn't like the looks David Tennant - too ordinary - or Matt Smith - trying too hard - had when they started, but I loved both within minutes of them taking to the screen.

Image of Jodie Whittaker in costume is from the official BBC Doctor Who Twitter account

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