Doctor Who: Moffat says Capaldi costume reveal coming soon

News Louisa Mellor 27 Jan 2014 - 08:42

When are we going to see Peter Capaldi's Doctor's costume? In a matter of days, according to Steven Moffat...

We've seen him sans bow tie in Matt Smith's get-up and we've seen him in a Victorian nightshirt, but we've yet to see Peter Capaldi in his very own Doctor costume. That time is at hand, according to Steven Moffat, who told Film Review Online on the 20th of January that we can expect the new costume to be revealed in a matter of days.

According to Moffat, Capaldi's outfit would be made public, "In the next few days I would think. It's just the first time we hit daylight with it, and then it will be out".

About to start the fourth week of filming the new series, the Doctor Who team has avoided filming a costumed Capaldi out of doors for almost a month, but won't be able to maintain the mystery for much longer.

When we spoke to them for Sherlock last April, Moffat spoke nostalgically of the days when surprises such as the Doctor's costume could be kept until on-screen: "I remember a world in which I didn’t know what Tom Baker would be wearing as the Doctor until his first episode." Mark Gatiss agreed, "I miss those days". Those days, of course, are well behind us, and the fan clamour for a look at Capaldi's new duds is louder than ever.

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I, for one, am looking forward to seeing Capaldi rock the lederhosen look.

Well he got his kilt out to do battle with snake vampire Amanda Donohoe in Lair of the White Worm, maybe he'll go that way again.

Nearly as excited about this as the reveal of Capaldi himself back in August. Hoping the new costume will reflect the Doctor's changed personality. He kind of suits Matt's costume so the designers have a hard act to follow. A kilt would be interesting but that is perhaps too strongly identified with Jamie. I would like to see a return for the cape or maybe punk-rock style tartan trousers. No necktie, Matt's bowtie was key to his character and it felt significant when it was removed.I always felt the Doctor was more believable when he had a variety of clothes in a similar style a la Pertwee and Tom Baker. The overall silhouette is very important. Not much longer to wait...

What fan clamour? I wish they'd stop revealing stuff in advance so you lot post it on the internet and I can't avoid it.

Whats andrew Scott wearing these days?

Fans flock to location shooting these days. It's pretty much a case of "we're not going to be able to keep it quiet, so we're releasing it on our terms". They'd love to not have to reveal stuff in advance but the way of the world (the net, fandom popularity etc.) make it impossible.

Guessing a mix of Hartnell's Edwardian look and Pertwee's extravagent velvet numbers. Something regency with a high collar would be different. Matt was a hat fan and if that theme was continued - how about a bowler hat? It worked for Tom Baker in Horror of Fang Rock. A boater and Henley blazer? I know that look was rejected in McCoy's time but it has a great evocation of an Edwardian summer. A very imperialistic pith helmet? Maybe not! Really don't mind as long it's better than the terrible outfit Colin Baker wore. Would like to see a developing costume rather than the uniform style of Peter Davison.

Thought Moffat summed it up beautifully in the video commentary for Time of Angels. This is slightly paraphrased as I don't have the disc with me right now:

"First day of filming on a beach in Wales with the TARDIS and Matt and you (Karen) and Alex and I remember going online with my phone to see if anything was being said. And found a picture taken of the beach and there I was checking my phone to see if anything had been said..."

In this day and age it's just impossible to keep anything secret unless it's done in a studio and even then it's incredibly tricky. Stuff gets leaked, press have to see the final product in advance, mistakes happen and something goes public that shouldn't. Doubly so with a show like Who that's got so much to keep track of, remember when Catherine Tate said David was leaving on Jonathan Ross's show?

The bigger problem though is once something *has* leaked it's almost impossible to avoid. DoG is remarkably good about avoiding spoilers but most sites aren't. 'Fans' think nothing of posting huge spoilers on forums, usually in the subject line of their post or halfway through a non-spoiler conversation. And then there's twitter or facebook or tumblr or... you get the idea.

Utterly unrelated note but that video commentary for Time of Angels is well worth buying the box set for! Karen and Steven make a fabulous paring and there's some wonderfully funny stuff in there. Just as a quick sneak peak Karen dancing to the theme song, "Making a guest appearance in this episode, David Tennant's police box!" and "Some people think River is Amy... so apparently you're going to shrink a foot in later life".

I'm hoping for a seventh doctor inspired onesie. /frivolity

That's actually the only video commentary for Doctor Who I've ever watched (honest!) and it truly is both highly entertaining and intriguingly educational.

I await with a familiar sinking sensation the moment where the shots of Capaldi appear looking very Doctor-y, and the internet's most vocal 15% pipe up with 95% of the noise saying "Wtf!! What's this rubbish lol??" etc.
Oh look, I sound all old and jaded.

A Benedict Cumberbatch bodysuit.

It would be nice if he could wear something "futuristic" instead of modern or historical. He is after all a time traveller and has witnessed fashions millions of years beyond 2014.

Wow. The luxury of not having to work or pay a mortgage or bills or have anything in your life to occupy your time, thus allowing frivilous trips to film sets. I think these sort of fans live in another reality even stranger and more unlikely than that portrayed in Dr. Who itself!

Definitely Dirk Gently ala MAngan I think : Still waiting on a cord blazer and tie combo

I hope not, as in the future it appears that everyone will either wear a tight spandex bodysuit or an improvised post-apocolytic outfit made from old leather furniture

Slick, Paul Smith style suit. Make him look cool, like he shouldn't be messed with.

I agree about the variety of clothes, which is why I think it was good that Matt Smith's outfit evolved somewhat.

Surely can't be long now...can't wait to see both Capaldi's costume and also filming scenes with him and Jenna who's also been absent from pictures thus far.

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Maybe it'll be something from Debenhams.

Can we please stop all the Andrew Scott crap.

It was only mildly amusing the first time round. Now it's just tiresome.

I walked past where they were filming every day last week as it was between my work and where I buy lunch. Doctor Who doesn't just film in isolated areas, they're often right in the middle of Cardiff so people are able to pop along and see whats happening quite easily

Or it's what you get when you film in a metropolitan area in a country with 7.1% unemployment.

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Hear hear!! Well said Doctor Bond. It's begun to look like spam with tourettes.

A Benedict Cumberbund.

I'll get my coat...

If it's anything like the action figure that has been revealed its a lot like Hurts, just more clean and tidy and stylish.

The action figure is Capaldi's Doctor in Matt Smith's Doctor's outfit, it doesn't give anything away.

I've always found it to be the complete opposite when it comes to the people who vocalise what they think. 95% of the people absolutely adore everything, and the 5% who dare to even suggest they disagree are devoured.

Doctor Who opinions are dangerous things on the internet. I actually quite miss the days you're referring to, at least then the more positive commenters shone through the negativity. I remember the months of lead up to The Eleventh Hour, ugh. Lots of negativity, but many people were hopeful, and those comments stood out from the hate.

These days, the vast, vast majority seems to applaud everything.
Everything.
I don't like negativity, but I absolutely hate that. 7B is a prime example. Some episodes fell a bit flat, but if anyone so much as hinted disappointment, they were incinerated - internet style. Now, months after 7B, it's become safer to look back and analyse what could be improved, and what bits stood out.

Everyone is always on the defensive about Doctor Who. It's a bit depressing.

That's an interesting point and well made.
I guess my problem with the negativity mostly is that it's very rarely backed up with any justification, and seems to simply flame down the hard work that has evidently gone into all the things we want to enjoy.
I have little sympathy for anyone who roars "that Sux!!" when I think that someone out there will feel that their months of hard work (which I think often goes beyond the financial reward it receives) have been repaid with an ill-thought out and abusive remark.

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