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Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Doctor Who, Part 2

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Come along, readers! This is the second installment of the Geek Chic column’s series on fashion inspired by the BBC program Doctor Who. This time around, I’ll be focusing on the current Doctor’s friends and foes, while Part 3 of this series will cover the Ninth and Tenth Doctors’ companions.

Never watched the show or need a quick recap? Read Doctor Who Fashion: Part 1 to get all caught up! 

And for more geeky goodness, check out previous Geek Chic posts about Star Trek-inspired fashion, The Big Bang Theory-inspired fashion, and The Lord of the Rings-inspired fashion.

Know Your Geek: About the Doctor’s Companions

  • Also called an “assistant”, the companion is someone who travels with the Doctor on his adventures. They’re not always there by choice and they don’t always stay for long, but one thing’s for sure: they certainly are lucky! (I’m sure most of us would absolutely love a trip on the TARDIS!)
  • Since the Doctor has pretty much seen it all in his centuries of time travel, he likes having humans around so he can vicariously re-experience the excitement of seeing the universe for the first time. Companions often act as his conscience; the Doctor himself has said that “my friends have always been the best of me.” He’s captivated by their oh-so-human capacities to hope, to love, and to dream. 
  • In addition, the human companions serve as a lens for the audience; since we’re not 900-year-old Time Lords, the companions often ask the same pressing questions about time and space that we want answered.
  • Companions tend to be young, attractive females: While the Doctor and his companion are usually just friends, there’s been the occasional romance onboard the TARDIS. Current companions Amy and Rory are the first married couple to ever travel together with the Doctor.

Outfits Inspired by The Doctor’s Friends and Foes

Okay kids, this is where it gets complicated…hold on tight as we embark on another fashion-fueled adventure through the Time Vortex!

Amy Pond

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Amy, played by the gorgeous Karen Gillan, may not be not the feistiest ginger to ever grace the TARDIS (Donna Noble will forever hold that title), but she’s definitely one spirited Scottish lass! She first meets the Doctor at the age of seven, but due to a slight timey-wimey mishap, she doesn’t get to travel with him for another twelve years.

Nevertheless, she’s extremely loyal to the Doctor (sometimes to a fault) and lives for adventure. Though there was initially some viewer outcry about her abbreviated hemlines, Amy’s definitely proved to be a strong female character unafraid to speak her mind. In the beginning of her story arc, Amy often displayed childish, petulant behavior. Now, she’s transitioned from being the girl who waited to being an independent woman.

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The great thing about Amy’s style is that it’s really accessible: Most of her key pieces are already hanging in the typical college girl’s closet, and a great deal of her wardrobe comes from mall/high-street shops like Topshop, H&M, American Apparel, and UNIQLO. Copying her whole outfit is no fun (unless you’re cosplaying), so add a trendy twist on her classic plaid shirt with this sheer blouse. Amy’s never met a leather jacket she didn’t like, and she’d surely snap up this faux-fur trimmed one in a heartbeat.

Karen Gillan definitely lucked out in the genetic lottery, but a denim mini is cute even if you haven’t got never-ending legs like hers! Get her exact footwear with Doc Marten Triumphs, or slip on your favorite pair of ankle boots or Converses. Accessorize with a pair of tights and fun nail polish, then personalize the look with a necklace with your own first initial.

Rory Williams

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Rory, played by Arthur Darvill, is Amy’s boyfriend and later her husband. He starts off as a well-meaning but rather hapless bloke, but he undergoes some serious changes after joining the TARDIS crew. While Amy and the Doctor love jumping into the thick of things, Rory is usually more hesitant.

Don’t be fooled by his cautious demeanor, though: This compassionate nurse definitely comes into his own as a courageous and mature character. He’s incredibly faithful to his friends and family and is often the one who ends up really moving the audience with his actions; most memorably, Rory chose to protect his wife for over two thousand years in the form of The Last Centurion. (All together now: Awwwww!) In one particularly tear-jerking episode, Amy calls him “the most beautiful man she’s ever met.”

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Rory, like his wife, is a big fan of plaid and also wears a good deal of Topman clothing. (Topman is the men’s offshoot of Topshop.) Layer a yellow gingham shirt and neutral puffer vest, then add a pair of appropriately named boyfriend jeans for a sporty but put-together look. Top it all off with a varsity jacket. (Letterman-inspired outerwear has been a hot trend this year!)

Now it’s time for accessories. Wedge heels put a feminine spin on Rory’s usual desert boots and add another hint of a trend. Finally, as a nod to Rory’s title of The Last Centurion, add a Roman-inspired ring and a burgundy scarf reminiscent of his cloak.

River Song

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Dr. River Song, played by Alex Kingston, is an archaeologist and time-traveler with a mysterious past. Keep in mind that there may be readers who haven’t watched the show yet, so please try to avoid major spoilers in the comments! Although the Doctor and River’s paths have crossed many times, they don’t always meet in the right order. As such, River always documents her adventures in a TARDIS-blue journal so she and the Doctor can match their timelines at each encounter.

River Song may have a melodious name, but she’s no shrinking violet: River has major fighting chops and isn’t afraid to use them, though the typically pacifistic Doctor doesn’t always approve of her aggressive approach.

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Dr. Song has a fierce wardrobe to match her take-no-prisoners attitude; she favors sexy silhouettes and labels like AllSaints Spitalfields and Christian Louboutin. A cargo tunic and denim moto jacket paired with sleek liquid leggings make for a practical outfit that still oozes sex appeal. River’s ready to run with the Doctor at a moment’s notice, so make sure to pick sturdy footwear like these buckled boots.

Accessorize with a leather wrap bracelet that’s both pretty and tough, then add some fun allusions with a blue planner similar to River’s journal, gold earrings shaped like her trusty alpha meeson blaster, and a pouty patent clutch that references her handy-dandy hallucinogenic lipstick. Hello, Sweetie!

Amelia Pond

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As I mentioned above, Amy first meets the Doctor at the age of seven; back then she went by the name Amelia. Played by Karen Gillan’s real-life cousin Caitlin Blackwood, Amelia Pond is a gutsy orphan who lives with her aunt and yearns for adventure – she’s not at all fazed when a strange man in a blue box drops out of the sky into her front yard.

Since the Doctor’s fresh out of regeneration when he meets her, he’s starving but has no concept of what he likes, and demands that she “fry him something.” After a series of culinary experiments, he finally settles on fish fingers and custard. The Doctor promises to take her along with him in the TARDIS after he makes some quick repairs, so Amelia eagerly packs her suitcase and waits for him all night. Twelve years and four psychiatrists later, she still hasn’t given up hope on her “Raggedy Doctor.”

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Not only is Amelia Pond an extremely brave seven-year-old, but she’s also got some bold fashion sense! Get her look with a toggle coat similar to her Topshop one. A polka-dotted dress and Fair Isle cardigan form a more grown-up take on her cute nightgown and bed jacket.

It wouldn’t be very practical to carry a suitcase to class, so pack up your school supplies in this briefcase-inspired satchel. A pair of bright wellies and cozy hat make the outfit perfect for a rainy or chilly day. Finally, add a fish pendant as a reference to Amelia’s most celebrated recipe.

The Weeping Angels

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Created by current showrunner Steven Moffat, the Weeping Angels were first introduced in the absolutely terrifying Tenth Doctor episode “Blink” (which featured Carey Mulligan in one of her earlier roles), though they’ve since appeared in a few Eleventh Doctor stories. Widely recognized as some of the creepiest Doctor Who monsters ever, the Weeping Angels are an ancient race of aliens with an ingenious defense mechanism: When someone is looking at them, they become “quantum-locked” and turn to indestructible stone.

But don’t underestimate these aliens: Glance away — even for a split second — and they can move faster than the wind. Unfortunately, they generally want to kill you and/or feed off your potential temporal energy. So remember: Don’t blink — don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink.

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To channel one of the Lonely Assassins (so called because they cannot look at each other for fear of being forever turned to stone), start with a draped dress in heather gray, then add a polished charcoal blazer. Silver and gray would make for a rather predictable pairing, so slip on strappy bronze platforms instead for an unexpected color combo. A pair of wing-shaped earrings and a stone ring complete the lethally elegant ensemble.

If you followed the Doctor’s instructions, you should have your eyes wide open by now, but if you absolutely must blink, make sure you’re wearing a pair of false eyelashes: Perhaps your flirty, fluttering lashes will persuade the deadly Angels to take mercy! (But seriously, don’t blink.)

What did you think?

Would you wear these looks? Who is your favorite of the current companions? (I’d certainly like a Rory in my love life!) Are you looking forward to fashion inspired by previous companions? What other geeky inspirations would you like to see? (A genetically modified little bird told me that the column will be paying tribute to Panem next time.) Let me know in the comments!

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49 Responses to “Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Doctor Who, Part 2”

  1. 1
    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I love the Angel’s outfit!

  2. 2
    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Sweet! I love River Song’s outfit! She’s so cool…and I love Rory too, he’s just lovely!

  3. 3
    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Love all of these! You captured the essence of each character brilliantly!

  4. 4
    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Including the Angels and Amelia was a brilliant idea but I’m a little disappointed that only current companions were featured. I’m definitely up for Part 3 with Captain Jack, Ace, Sarah Jane, Donna Noble, Susan…perhaps Sally Sparrow too?

  5. 5
    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    You should do a post about the characters of “how I met your mother”

  6. 6
    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Delighted with these outfits, especially River’s, considering I didn’t think that would translate as easily into something so fashionable. Would really enjoy having further posts about other Doctor Who characters and companions, especially Captain Jack.

  7. 7
    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Love these! I really like Amelia’s. Keep the Doctor Who outfits coming!

  8. 8
    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I just finished season 6 last night! Great post! I love all the outfits, but I like River Song’s and the weeping angel’s outfits the best.

    I’ve always loved Amy’s fashion, but I’m not a huge fan of her outfit here. I guess it’s very much like what she wore in the 6th season…I think she wore that plaid shirt for several episodes. But, I thought there was more variety and creativity in her outfits in season 5. My favorite Amy Pond outfits were from The Vampires of Venice and The Hungry Earth.

  9. 9
    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Nicely done, this one! For future suggestions, I know I as a pretty hardcore geek girl would love to see your interpretations on video game fashions — Portal/Portal 2 especially, it’s a great game.

  10. 10
    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    River’s is so creative… I like how Rory’s translated, too. Amy always looks fantastic and completely copy-able, so no suprises there.

    …on the subject of the red plaid: my husband hated plaid shirts (so sad, because I LOVE them and wear them all the time!) until the episode (or two?) where she wears that one. I’d be disgruntled except I have a huge girl crush on Karen Gillan, so…

    Anyway, thanks for doing this series!!

  11. 11
    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I really love everything that’s here, but I feel like it’s highly lacking. Where are Martha, Jack Harkness, Rose, Mickey, The Master, The Daleks, Cybermen? (Just to name a few.) We covered the really easy ones, and Matt Smith’s companions, but we should shed some light on our other fashion-forward friends and foes! This Geek Chic series is a godsend, and as a long time fan of DW, I’m so thrilled for a part two and three! Would asking for four be pushing my luck? There’s so much to see from DW, and we’ve only just begun! Anyone want a jelly baby?

  12. 12
    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    the dress for the weeping angels outfit is already out of stock :(

  13. 13
    February 23rd, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Yay! I’ve been eagerly awaiting this since the last DW installment, and this did not disappoint! Love that you included all the current companions–plus a surprise extra! :) I adore Amy’s style, and I was surprised by how much I really like the melodious River Song’s outfit! ;) These geek chic posts are so amazing. Keep it up!

  14. 14
    February 23rd, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    great post–very cool! though… now i need to sit staring at my computer screen all day to keep the weeping angels at bay!

    “Copying her whole outfit is no fun (unless you’re cosplaying)” insider information tells me you have experience ;) i loved the sheer twist on amy’s red plaid!

    young amelia’s look is definitely my favorite–wish it got colder here so i could justify getting the pieces necessary to replicate it!

    i cannot wait for part three. i’m so excited for donna’s look, you don’t even know.

  15. 15
    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Love all of these looks, but River Songs is def my favorite!!!! Cant wait to see Martha’s look either :)

  16. 16
    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Love this! I need to start watching the series again. Whatchu think of doing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fashion series next?!

  17. 17
    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Shannon, this is my favorite CF series so far! It makes me laugh hysterically and my geek heart smiles! Keep it up!

  18. 18
    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    This is so good – I especially love the weeping angels! More companions would be great XD
    I second the request for Buffy the Vampire Slayer :)

  19. 19
    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    This was brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! I loved the Weeping Angels outift and Amelia Pond’s, although they were all FANTASTIC! I can’t wait for more, and I agree with Adrienne… four would be amazing! You do such a great job of capturing the essence and awesome of the character!
    P.S- Are you a nerdfighter, by any chance?

  20. 20
    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    River Song! I also didn’t know that “little Amelia” was “Amy Pond’s” IRL cousin! Cool!

  21. 21
    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks, guys! River’s outfit in particular took me a while to put together so I’m glad y’all enjoyed it :)
    @Shelby & Adrienne: I covered current companions first because there were several requests last time for Amy and River outfits; to be honest, I’m more of a Rose/Martha/Donna/Jack fan! Unfortunately I won’t be covering Classic Who, simply because I haven’t watched enough of it to feel comfortable writing in depth posts.
    @Rhia & Helen: A Buffy post is quite likely, but it won’t be up for a while…I just started watching season 1!! (I’m referring to it as “research,” haha)
    @Katarina: Not an official nerdfighter, though I’m familiar with the movement! DFTBA!

  22. 22
    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    This is fantastic. Love all of the outfits, especially River’s. Can’t wait for the other companions, and excited for a possible Hunger Games tribute!

  23. 23
    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I agree that a Buffy post would be fun, but I feel like it would have to pretty loosely-based/based on very selective outfits to look decent. I love BTVS, but there were some pretty atrocious wardrobe choices.

  24. 24
    February 23rd, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    i want that weeping angels dress and the entire Amelia Pond outfit!!! love these Doctor Who posts, really really love the Rory one too, it’s so Rory, it’s perfect.

  25. 25
    February 23rd, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I just want to say this one of my favorite articles on this website! Great job!

  26. 26
    February 23rd, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I adore this column, and these outfits are great! I can’t wait for the next one. This is the kind of unusual sartorial awesomeness that made me love College Fashion in the first place.
    And I’m probably not blinking for the rest of the night. Thanks.

  27. 27
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Ah, I cannot wait for Buffy and the Scoobies!

  28. 28
    February 24th, 2012 at 5:39 am

    I absolutely love this. My favorite is probably River Song’s outfit; it has personality and references her character in a low-key way. It would be delightful to see your take on other concepts and characters in this series!

  29. 29
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    LOVE this post! I agree, however…I would love to see a part three with Martha, Jack Harkness, Rose, and Donna, to say the least. The Weeping Angel outfit is fantastic. :)

  30. 30
    February 24th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I kinda freaked out when I saw the weeping angels because the image of an angel becouse an angel. But other than my minor freak out I love the post. Amy’s was spot on.

  31. 31
    February 24th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Am I the only one who wants to see BBC’s Sherlock? :)

  32. 32
    February 25th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I don’t know if this series has aired in the US yet (I’m in the UK, so will merely say SPOILERS!) but if it has I would like to have seen an outfit for the TARDIS from ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ episode. The rest of the outfits are brilliant though, I love Rory’s and Amelia’s.

    Also I know it’s not for this series but I would love to see a How I Met Your Mother ‘get the look’ blog…

  33. 33
    February 25th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Love it! Keep it up!
    Jack Harkness! Donna Noble! THE DALEKS!

  34. 34
    February 27th, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Love!

  35. 35
    February 27th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Oh I do hope for a post with earlier seasons! I absolutely loved Martha’s use of leather jackets! And a Captain Jack-inspired outfit would be awesome!

  36. 36
    March 4th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I find it funny how many people want another post with earlier companions. Way to pay attention, peeps.

    Although my fashion was being influenced by Rose way back in 2008 – I had one of those puffy jackets with the faux-fur-trimmed hoods like she did. They were still popular enough in 2008 that I didn’t look odd and it thrilled my geeky little heart when I was wearing it in London.

    Two minor, nitpicky things….

    1) Rory was still Amy’s boyfriend when he became the Lone Centurion and guarded her in the Pandorica for 2,000 years – that was in “The Big Bang” and they got married at the end of the episode, after the universe reset and he was back to being a human.

    2) Someone else pointed this out, but…THE IMAGE OF AN ANGEL BECOMES AN ANGEL! Just by including a picture of it you’re putting us all at risk. But if an angel wants to send me back in time, I wouldn’t mind the Edwardian era…I’d make a killing on the stock market.

    Great post overall. I already dress in Amy-ish plaid shirts and ponytails, and if I reach my target weight this summer I might very well attempt the shorts and tights combo. Who knows, maybe it’ll help me attract my Rory…

  37. 37
    March 11th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I love this! I’m a big Doctor who fan, and I always dress as if I’m about to run away with the Doctor.
    I’d love to see you guys do a piece on Supernatural!

  38. 38
    March 15th, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Shannon, I have to say, you are doing an amazing job with these!
    I agree with the other comments above. Sherlock and Buffy inspired posts please! :)
    A little bird told me you should be well into Buffy by now. Hope you’re enjoying it!
    I do hope you find your Rory!

  39. 39
    April 1st, 2012 at 11:11 am

    So great you’re doing this!
    Funny that there is an angels inspired outfit but it turned out really great!
    Also very god and inforemd writing, well done.
    I almost cried (again) when I read about rory waiting for and guarding amy for 2000 years, he’s my favourite!
    Thanks!

  40. 40
    April 23rd, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    LOVE the Weeping Angels outfit. Great job with this post!

  41. 41
    August 7th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    River Song is the absolute best! The weeping angel dress is really beautiful.

  42. 42
    October 11th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Please do classic Who!

  43. 43
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Oh God I hate River Song…. but i like this outfit!

  44. 44
    January 19th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Would you wear these looks? I would definitely wear Amy’s look & River’s from ‘Last Night.’

    Who is your favorite of the current companions? I love Amy & Rory, (SCREW EDWARD AND BELLA!) but Clara/Oswin is cool too!!!

    Are you looking forward to fashion inspired by previous companions? Yes.

    What other geeky inspirations would you like to see? Martha Jones, (BEST COMPANION EVER!) and mabye Rose, though I hated all of her outfits. Oswin’s red dress is gorgeus too.

  45. 45
    February 25th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I’m trying.to find.the tweed.hoodie.that Rory wears in season 7, ep. 6 (Angels in Manhattan). Any thoughts?

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