So my regular readers may well remember that a few months back when Peter Capaldi was announced as the 12th incarnation of the Doctor in the BBC's Doctor Who, I wrote a post theorizing on what he might wear. Well, his costume has now been released to the world, and I can safely say that I was pretty much completely wrong in every one of my predictions. His costume does not feature a jacket, but a coat; he doesn't have a scarf, nor a pair of glasses (as far as we currently know - he might have some for certain occasions). The only vaguely correct thing I put forward is period detail, because although this is a very minimalist costume, it certainly has an air of the past. This is, I think, perfect for everything I'm hoping Capaldi's Doctor will be.
The coat is already a hit with fans, and rightly so. It will look pretty cool in the inevitably high number of running scenes. I'm also glad for the cardigan. It seems like a slight joke about this Doctor being older, but also lends a touch of class. A silk waistcoat might be a bit too much like Matt Smith's Doctor, and a flannel waistcoat would be, as we all know from Sense and Sensibility, "invariably connected with aches, cramps, rheumatisms, and every species of ailment that can afflict the old and the feeble." Another detail which many have picked up on is that he appears to be wearing a wedding ring this series. Either this is an indication that River Song will feature more in this series (which I suspect she will) or that Capaldi forgot to take his off before they started filming.
Overall I think it's an excellent costume though I do think that the promo shot makes it look a little dull, so I'm looking forward to seeing it in action, just as much as I'm looking forward to seeing the man himself at the helm of the TARDIS. What about you? Are you excited for the new series, and what do you think of the costume? Let me know in the comments or on my twitter!