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Moffat on Capaldi’s “Grey-haired stick-insect” Look

capaldi-st-2014-laceSteven Moffat has talked about Peter Capaldi’s costume and said that although Capaldi was mainly responsible Moffat wanted to avoid a “circus clown” look.

Moffat tells SFX: “[Capaldi] wanted to be quite stark. Stark and skinny. A stick-insect sort of thing. Clara actually calls him a grey-haired stick-insect at one point. We had some hilarious pictures of Peter just dressing up. It was all coming from him because he’s really into his clothes. I didn’t feel qualified to go and chat too much about it. Certainly the costume didn’t go anywhere until I shut up. The thing I’ve learned about showrunning is you need to know the bits you’re bad at!

“I’ve got certain things that I’ll say – I don’t want anything in that costume that I have to write into the script. I don’t want people saying ‘But why are you dressed as a circus clown?’ I want him to walk into a pub, a restaurant, a space conference, an army base and nobody stares at him.

However, Moffat says the final costume did bring up its own concerns: “There was an issue simply because it’s quite dark as a costume and it’s a show that largely takes place in a tunnel. I kept saying ‘We are going to be able to see him, aren’t we?’ I suppose the red lining helps, when the flaps are open.

Moffat also reveals there will be a number of outfits throughout the course of the upcoming run: “I think there’s always something a little bit formal about the Doctor. Oddly enough in this series, for whatever reason, he seems to be wearing different outfits far more often than the Doctor normally does. He’s got his basic outfit but he’s in a spacesuit in one of them, and he’s a caretaker in another one and then he’s all dressed up in a later episode. He does vary it a bit. And he mixes up the basic costume, hugely. We’ve tended to see  the white shirt version in public but actually the one I like best is when he wears the jumper under his coat. I think he looks like a submarine commander, like an old sailor or something. It makes him all rugged and handsome!”

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Kathrin Lily Franke
Kathrin Lily Franke

While it may remind a little of Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor (the red lining in the coat)... what it reminds me even more of is John Simm's Master in the Sound of Drums - on the airfield just before he leaves for the Valiant.                                                                                                                                             Capaldi's maybe dark blue, instead of black, and he's changed the jacket for a waistcoat and ditched the tie... but still I hope it's not an indication of what the Doctor will be like. I like the costume, it suits him, but, well... we'll see how it turns out.

cyberbrayde
cyberbrayde

Matt's series 5 Tweed look was breath-taking. It really showed his personality. Capaldi's costume is going to be the same. I like the Stark look!

Polyphase
Polyphase

 Certainly the costume didn’t go anywhere until I shut up. The thing I’ve learned about showrunning is you need to know the bits you’re bad at!

Ah, The legacy of JNTensuring that no one makes stupid costume decisions ever again :)

Baker Street is scared... LISTEN...
Baker Street is scared... LISTEN...

I can just imagine that line from Clara!

Doctor: "How do I look? Handsome? Ginger?"

Clara: "Less of a chin, but more like a grey-haired stick insect."

chmayer
chmayer

The Doctor as a walking-stick insect? I can see the fan-art this inspires. ; )

Oh, a Moffat interview usually produces some great quotes. Re the Doctor's black outfit: "...it’s a show that largely takes place in a tunnel. I kept saying ‘We are going to be able to see him, aren’t we?’ I suppose the red lining helps, when the flaps are open." Ha. : )

JFrance
JFrance

Also isn't the costume with the jumper under his coat in the Listen trailer? Because if it is then I agree Moffat I like that look too.  

JFrance
JFrance

Now I am expecting to see a Gray-haired stick-insect picture this week in Weird and Wonderful. Complete with costume.  

Sephora is Scottish now
Sephora is Scottish now

I saw a few pictures taken on set and I agree with Moffat. The one with the white shirt is actually the least good. I prefer the versions with a black/purple shirt or the jumper. 

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

It's official. Moffat called Capaldi a grey-haired stick-insect. This must surely mean he thinks the Doctors are ugly.

I can see the trash headlines now: Moffat has just called Peter Capaldi's Doctor a grey-haired stick insect. This follows the statements he made last month when he said the Doctors were ugly.

Oodkind
Oodkind

Wait, the show is set in a tunnel? Since when?

teddybowties
teddybowties

a mantis! exactly. reminds me lovingly of 'Quatermass and the Pit', or as we heard it, 'Five Million Years to Earth'. buwahahaha He's the Jerk who Gets It Done.PUUURRRFECT!





JordanXeros
JordanXeros

A circus cl--? If anything, he's the ringmaster, 6 is the clown :D

stargazer0118
stargazer0118

His dark outfit reminds me of the Amish people from the US... and also to how some Jewish people dress. He just needs the beard.... Don't dislike his costume, but I don't think it's anything special either.

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

I really want to see photos of the alternate outfits that were considered. Matt's original planned outfit would have looked good on Jack Sparrow, so they did wisely in letting him choose something himself.

GRANDMARSHALL
GRANDMARSHALL

The only Doctor costume Im truly not a fan of Is the 6th Doctors Costume.When Colin Baker removes the Jacket in some of the episodes he instanly is more likeable!

allons_ywibblywobbly
allons_ywibblywobbly

All the modern Doctors had a costume that fit with those times and each Doctor's personality. None of the costumes were extravagant. They all avoided the 'circus clown' look so this is not news for me. Why are they acting like they reinvented the wheel? It's funny how they all want this Doctor NOT to be defined by his outfit or look, but since the costume photo was released it seems that it's all we talk about :)) 

allons_ywibblywobbly
allons_ywibblywobbly

I'm not sure about changing his costume so often...I like that each Doctor has his own costume to fit his personality. I didn't like that Eleven change his costume either...But enough with the interviews, I just wanna see some Doctor Who episodes!! I'll make up my mind about Capaldi's Doctor when I will see him in action :D

chmayer
chmayer

What's a jumper? Is it a sweater? (A knit shirt.) I saw the Doctor wearing a black sweater with white specks under his coat - made for a good look.

chmayer
chmayer

Re the insect. Everybody keeps emphasizing how this Doctor is more alien... : O

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

There were some filming pics of ep 9 which they were filming in a tunnel.

chmayer
chmayer

Ten? : )

The past three Doctors have been tall, thin, and lanky...

chmayer
chmayer

When Capaldi was on his old BFF Craig Ferguson's show (2009) he flourished his red silk-lined jacket as he sat down. Craig said, Why, Peter, you've become a *magician*! Capaldi laughed.

Magician. Doesn't the Doctor have a bit of that, as we Earthlings see him?

chmayer
chmayer

I think that's about simplicity. Plainness. No fuss. For all of these people, including the Doctor. (I suspect Capaldi couldn't resist the indulgence of the red coat-lining? Ha. : )

Venawesomeo
Venawesomeo

@stargazer0118  "but I don't think it's anything special either". Er, read Moffat's words. That's what they wanted - nothing too outlandish.



chmayer
chmayer

I saw a pic of Colin Baker in 9's black-leather jacket - he looked so much better and more Doctor, IMO

teddybowties
teddybowties

@GRANDMARSHALL I liekd him in the blue ensemble best. It was really pretty and suited him better, in some ways.  But the oclors served as a psychological symbol, a manifestation of his hard regen and the consequences thereof. we mustn't forget that when hwe judge it. Plus it was perhaps a partial throwback to gypsies of some fashion?

calliarcale
calliarcale

@GRANDMARSHALL Colin Baker has joked that the best thing about wearing the costume was that it meant he didn't have to look at it.  :-D  He did not like it either.

ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

@allons_ywibblywobbly I am going to guess that the circus clown comment was a reference to Colin Baker. Even Colin hated that outfit, and I can see why Capaldi might have wanted to have a lot of input into what he wears.

Ladydetemps
Ladydetemps

@allons_ywibblywobbly Oh, each doctors outfit does reflect its 'time' but then there's always a reference to the victorian in it. A nod back to the original perhaps? I keep meaning to write an article about it...

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

@allons_ywibblywobbly All of the Doctors have made changes to their basic "look." Davison changed his jumper, C.Baker changed his waistcoat and tie, McCoy changed his jacket.

They sorta had to. You can't have the protagonist wear the same outfit week after week, otherwise the audience will wonder if he ever takes a shower. Or if the Tardis has a laundry on board. And clothes get damaged for stuntwork, plus the normal wear and tear.

chmayer
chmayer

He can't walk past a fez, remember? ; ) Even Ten put one on. (War Doctor took a pass, though...)

allons_ywibblywobbly
allons_ywibblywobbly

@ClaireAbraham Yeah, I got that, but as far as I know the modern Doctors all had the liberty of choosing their own costume. At least I know David and Matt influenced theirs. It's nothing wrong that Capaldi wants to have a say in his costume, but I didn't get why this is such a 'never done before' thing :P

allons_ywibblywobbly
allons_ywibblywobbly

@VictorWong1 I was referring to the modern Doctors. I know about Colin Baker and his costume, there is no need to cough. Or maybe you just caught a cold. Can I offer you some cough syrup? :D

Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese
Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese

@VictorWong1 @allons_ywibblywobbly To expand upon this, the first four Doctors had more of a "dress sense" than a costume (especially Hartnell and least so Troughton) excepting Tom Baker's last season. 

Nine changed his inner shirts a lot. Ten was probably one of the most realistic to be honest. It's not unfathomable to imagine this guy has two suits, really. And five or six pairs of shoes. His shirts, pants and ties changed a LOT.

teddybowties
teddybowties

@VictorWong1 @allons_ywibblywobbly he's an alien. people keep assuming he has strictly human needs.  OF course he could wear the same clothes from episode to episode! his body might be self-cleaning, for one thing!



allons_ywibblywobbly
allons_ywibblywobbly

@VictorWong1 I don't mind the minor changes. Eleven changed his tweed jacket a couple of times and I was fine with that. But his second costume was a change of style. It didn't suit his personality. But that's just my opinion.

Warpstar
Warpstar

Even No 7 had a fez for few moments in "The Silver Nemesis"!

chmayer
chmayer

I agree about Eleven. I preferred him in the suspenders and tweed jacket.