Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Doctor Who

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Fashion inspired by Doctor Who

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After the first Geek Chic post on fashion inspired by Star Trek, the comment box was inundated with requests for an inspiration post about another long-standing bastion of the science fiction world: Doctor Who.

How do I begin to describe the magic that is Doctor Who? All I can say is that last summer, my best friend convinced me to watch the first episode of the revived program. Six days later, I had watched all six seasons. It’s a family-friendly show with something for everyone: there’s adventure, comedy, romance, horror, drama, and of course, lots of wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey…stuff.

Know Your Geek: About Doctor Who

  • BBC program Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction show of all time and originally ran from 1963 until 1989. After a made-for-TV movie in 1996, there were no new episodes until 2005, when producer Russell T. Davies revived the show; this “New Who” has been incredibly successful and is now run by Steven Moffat. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the program.
  • The eponymous character’s name is simply “the Doctor”, not “Doctor Who”: the title comes from a running gag where he introduces himself with “I’m the Doctor!” and someone inevitably responds, “Doctor who?” He’s a900-year-old Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey (meaning that, yes, he’s an alien, and no, he doesn’t look human, we look Time Lord; they came first) and he travels in a blue time machine called the TARDIS. For the most part, the Doctor is opposed to violence, so instead of wielding weapons, he carries a sonic screwdriver, which is kind of like a futuristic lockpick/Swiss army knife.
  • When Time Lords are mortally wounded, they don’t die, but instead undergo a process called regeneration, where their physical appearance and personality change, but their mind and memories stay the same. (This is a major reason why the show has run for so long: when the actor portraying the Doctor leaves the show, he can be replaced by a different actor without destroying continuity.) The classic series included the 1st-7th Doctors, the movie the 8th, and the new show began with the 9th Doctor; the current Doctor is the eleventh incarnation of the character.
  • Since all of time and space can be lonely, the Doctor generally travels with at least one companion (typically a young human female). With the past, present, and future at his fingertips, their adventures can vary wildly: one episode they’ll be in the year five billion and the next they’ll be paying a visit to Charles Dickens!

Outfits Inspired by the Doctor

Whether you’re a long-time fan of the classic show or a recently converted Whovian, there’s plenty of fashionable inspiration to be found in a journey through the Time Vortex. Allons-y!

Ninth Doctor

Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor

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The Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, is a gruff and grizzled veteran who has just witnessed (and played a part in) the annihilation of his entire species and home planet in the Time War. As the last of the Time Lords, he’s bitter and frequently rails against human stupidity. Nevertheless, he repeatedly risks his life to save the residents of Earth. On one of these missions, he meets Rose Tyler, a 19-year-old human girl. Together they save the planet, and that’s where our adventures with the Ninth Doctor start!

Fashion inspired by Doctor Who - Ninth Doctor Outfit

Product Information: Jacket, Sweater, Pants, Ring, Earrings, Boots

Unlike his previous incarnations, who accessorized with everything from stripey scarves to silk cravats to umbrellas to stalks of celery (yep, celery), the Ninth Doctor has a simple, minimalist sense of style, typically wearing a leather jacket and a neutral-colored sweater.

Capture his basic but tough look with a quilted bomber jacket, an olive V-neck, cargo pants, and combat boots. Then jazz it up with jewelry: This cool wolf ring alludes to the phrase “Bad Wolf,” a recurring theme through the first season, and the rose earrings, of course, refer to Rose Tyler. Whether you wear this outfit to attend lecture or to fight Daleks, you’ll look absolutely fantastic doing it!

Tenth Doctor

Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor

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The lanky Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant, is at first glance completely different from his brooding predecessor. He’s charismatic, optimistic, and cheerfully sarcastic, but this bubbly demeanor belies a dark, unforgiving nature. Nevertheless, he’s one of the most popular Doctors (and my personal favorite), due to his cheeky sex appeal, contagious energy, and, of course, his really great hair.

Ten wears either a blue or brown pinstriped suit along with a long duster coat (supposedly bestowed upon him by Janis Joplin), glasses, and Converse All-Stars.

Fashion inspired by Doctor Who - Tenth Doctor Outfit

Product Information: Trench, Top, Skirt, Vest,Shoes, Earrings, Necklace, Glasses

Get the tenth Doctor’s look with a shorter trench coat, pinstriped waistcoat, “brainy specs”, and Converse All-Stars, plus a soft blouse and pleated skirt for a feminine touch. If sneakers aren’t your thing, swap in your favorite pair of comfy flats: this Doctor does an awful lot of running! Top the outfit off with pretty blue stud earrings the color of the TARDIS light and a fob watch necklace. (You’ll have to watch the show to get the watch reference…spoilers!) You’ll look, as the Tenth Doctor would say, brilliant!

Eleventh Doctor

Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor

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The Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith, is the quintessential oddball: he’s been described as an elderly, scatterbrained professor trapped in the body of a gangly young man. He’s got a soft spot for fish fingers and custard (together), a tendency to lie, and an insatiable curiosity that often gets him into trouble. (Also, he’s got the dancing skills of a drunken giraffe.) Nevertheless, he has two hearts of gold and is fiercely protective of his companions, Amy and Rory.

Fashion inspired by Doctor Who - Eleventh Doctor Outfit

Product information: Coat, Cardigan, Top, Jeans, Bowtie, Boots, Hat

Channel this lovable Doctor with a tweedy elbow patch cardigan, pink blouse, olive military coat, and skinny jeans. Matt wears AllSaints Spitalfields boots onscreen, but these heeled boots are just as cute and much more affordable.

Eleven also has a penchant for peculiar headwear (he has declared his fondness for both fezzes and Stetsons). While either of those hat choices might garner you odd looks on campus, you’ll only get stares of admiration when you don this cute cloche hat. Finally, no Eleventh-Doctor-inspired outfit is complete without a bowtie…because bowties are cool!

The TARDIS

Doctor Who: The TARDIS

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TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space, and she’s the Doctor’s first and truest love. Although Time Lord spaceships have a Chameleon Circuit, which camouflages the ship to match any time period or location, the TARDIS’s circuit broke during a trip to the 1960s, so she always looks like a blue police box from that decade.

Don’t be fooled by the small exterior, though: the TARDIS is much bigger on the inside – and has personality! In one particularly memorable episode, the sentient TARDIS matrix is transplanted into a human body, and for the first time, she’s able to talk to her Doctor, with whom she’s traveled for hundreds of years.

Fashion inspired by Doctor Who - The TARDIS Outfit

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The Eleventh Doctor likes to call the TARDIS “Sexy,” so embrace that nickname with a sweet and subtly sexy look.

This TARDIS-blue dress with sheer sleeves lets you show some skin while keeping it classy. Idris, the TARDIS’s temporary human vessel, wears Victorian-esque clothing, so allude to that era with these 19th century-inspired lace-up heels. Gold swirl-emblazoned tights will set you apart in a crowd of solid legwear; plus, they’re reminescent of van Gogh’s [fictional] painting of the TARDIS. Accessorize with a pavΓ© ring and a key necklace: time to explore the stars with your beloved Doctor!

What do you think?

Would you wear these looks? Do you watch Doctor Who? (If so, who’s your favorite Doctor and why?) I’m thinking of making this a three part series: are you interested in a Part 2 and 3 about the companions? Any other geeky requests? And would you like a jelly baby? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. Count the shadows…and don’t blink!

50 thoughts on “Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Doctor Who”

  1. yay! I can’t believe you finally got around to this inspiration!!! Now I love CF even more! I hope you don’t stop with just this one publication because there are so many characters…
    Thank you so much!

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  2. OMG. Thank you for posting this!! Doctor Who is my all-time favorite show! I love the outfits you’ve chosen for all of the Doctors. πŸ™‚

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  3. love this and the show! tenth doctor is my favorite too. πŸ™‚ i would love to see one of the companions and even the monsters (weeping angels!).

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  4. I’ve been waiting for CF to do Who-outfits for ages!!! Thanks so much!!! Now, time for the Companions, especially River, whose style is superb.

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  5. As a major Whovian, I filled when I saw this. The only bummer was the Eleventh Doctor’s outfit did not have a bowtie incorperated, because we all know, “bowties are cool.” Other than that I loved this post.

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  6. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! And I love that you didn’t do the companions, that would be far too obvious. Translating the Doctors’ style into female fashion is genius. In fact, I dressed up as the TARDIS for Halloween so I also love that you included the TARDIS. A win for chic geeks everywhere πŸ™‚

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  7. I love the interpretation of the Doctors because doing Amy or Rose would have been so obvious, but I would love to see a part two with some of the companions or creatures. I absolutely LOVE Amy Pond’s style, it’s so chic and classically British. Karen Gillan is so gorgeous and her style is wonderful as well.

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  8. I am SO happy you did this! I love basically every outfit.
    You should do another Doctor Who one, but focus on the companions instead!!

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  9. BEST.POST.EVER. Totally sharing this with all my Whovian friends! πŸ™‚ It would be awesome if you did an article on the companions…Martha Jones has some amazing outfits, as well as Rose Tyler.

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  10. This is beautiful! I am so excited! Please add River in one of the following post. She’s my absolute favorite characters and I love to dress up like her just for my own person kick.

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  11. I am absolutely inlove with your posts and it made me incredibly happy seeing a Doctor Who inspired post! <3 A 3 part series for the companions is a MUST! (I love Amy&#039s outfits sooo..) yeah! And maybe even an outfit inspired by Rory :]

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  12. It kills me that the necklace featured in Ten’s set is $28 on ModCloth. The exact same – and I mean EXACT, as in the literally… exact… same… necklace… is sold by all of those cheap Chinese jewelry retailers on Ebay for under $2. Yep… Two dollars.

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  13. Love the outfits! Haha the companions would be great πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ If you love Doctor Who you should check out Torchwood, John Barrowman is such a hottie haha

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  14. HOLY CRAP. This has got to be the MOST AMAZING series of posts! Geek Chic is my favorite!
    Whovians unite!
    PS. I love the author πŸ™‚ She’s got a knack for finding the best clothing!

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  15. i love this, especially the 11th doctor look. very nice.
    could you possibly think about doing a BBC Sherlock inspired fashion, that would be absolutely amazing. can’t wait to see more of the geek chic fashion πŸ˜€

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  16. I, too, gasped when I saw the post πŸ˜€ Great job on all the outfits, my fav. doctor is ten, but style-wise, I’m nine. Please continue with more DW companions’ / villains’ inspired outfits, that would be awesome! As for other ideas, I’d love Star Wars/ LoTR/ Buffy/ Firefly etc

    Allons-y, Shannon! πŸ˜‰

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  17. Loved the post, especially the outfit for Doctor #10. So cute!!
    Aside from recasting my vote for a Firefly post (diehard fan!) I also think a Sherlock inspired one would be awesome – IΒ΄m referring to the BBC miniseries and not the movies, although I love those too : )

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  18. OMG !!! i love doctor who !! its my first choice if i had to watch a tv show for the rest of my life, and the clothes are spot on!! my favorite outfit is the tenth doctor (it also helps he my favorite anyway) but more from this would be amazing !!

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  19. I just startedbwatching and I love Doctor Who. The outfits are great. For the next geek chic can it be Avatar: The Last Airbender?

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  20. Lovely. Especially the 11th Doctor’s outfit (female version) happen to know where I can get them from? Email me the details πŸ™‚

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  21. I’ve been on a Doctor Who marathon for the past few weeks and I LOVE these outfits. My favorite doctor is the 10th doctor and my favorite companion is Rose.

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  22. I would love to see some pictures for the companions! I love these outfits and hopefully I could be able to name them myself. I’m a big Doctor Who fan so I’m really excited about this πŸ™‚

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  23. THESE R SO CUTE!XD. Im going to dress like the 10th doctor when I go to
    Comic-Con and im using this idea !!!!!!#imthedocter

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  24. AWESOME OUTFITS. I love them all, but ohhh I love Nine’s. I would so wear that. I would love to see more in the future! (PS My favourite Doc is Ten(nant))

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