Those San Diego Comic-Con tickets go like hotcakes so sadly I won't be there again this year, but I'm sure that some of those lucky folks that made it will be dressed as the time-travelling Doctor Who from the various eras of the fifty year old show. As a consolation I was lucky enough to visit the Doctor Who Experience across the Atlantic in Cardiff Bay, Wales on May 20, 2013 and was fortunate to see up close and in person the iconic wardrobe of all Eleven Doctors to date, plus much, much more besides.
One of the cleverest conceits of the long-running BBC sci-fi series was that the main character, 'The Doctor', is able to regenerate into a totally new body, with a fresh new personality and outlook, and best of all for the longevity of the show, a new actor to play him. Aside from a fresh wardrobe change it also led to exciting new adventures and brand new Companions to share them with.
This Doctor had a penchant for hats and for playing the recorder and travelled with Companions like Highlander 'Jamie McCrimmon' and also introduced audiences to future Brigadier and leader of UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce), 'Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart'.
With a variety of coloured velvet smoking-jackets and a ruffled shirt, he was much more of a man of action than his previous incarnations, a master of martial arts, with a love for piloting and driving vehicles of all kinds, including his beloved yellow antique roadster Bessie.
Exiled to Earth by his fellow Time Lords for much of this incarnation, he spent his time as a scientific advisor for UNIT and was accompanied by the likes of 'Jo Grant' and plucky journalist 'Sarah Jane Smith', who became the Doctor's longest-serving assistant and would years later receive her own spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-2011).
With his wide eyes, toothy grin and mop of curly hair Tom Baker played the unpredictable Doctor for seven consecutive seasons of the show and is currently the longest-serving screen incarnation of the Time Lord. Equally whimsical and brooding, this Bohemian version of the Doctor who after being confined to Earth was eager to explore new worlds and could be incredibly warm, yet also incredibly detached and quick to anger at times.
This is the first Doctor I really grew up with (I was born in 1974), and I remember his Companions like Sarah Jane Smith, the scantily-clad savage alien warrior 'Leela' and female Time Lord 'Romana', but my favourites were probably extraterrestrial aristocrat 'Nyssa', boy genius 'Adric' and Aussie air stewardess 'Tegan'. And who could forget his faithful robotic dog 'K-9'.
If you liked all these classic Doctor Who outfits, be sure to stick around in the days to come as we travel through time from 1981 to 1996 for more Time Lord style choices. Plus check out all these other Doctor Who costumes, props and monsters here at Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props.
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