EVERY new Doctor Who puts a unique spin on the character – and Peter Capaldi is no exception.
The 55-year-old took inspiration from music legend David Bowie when embarking on his tenure as the 12th incarnation of the Time Lord.
His sleek costume was praised when it was previewed in January but the decision to include a buttoned-up white shirt was inspired by Bowie, according to insiders.
The singer sported a similar look as the Thin White Duke, his persona on the Station To Station album cover and in the film The Man Who Fell To Earth.
The source said Capaldi had decided Bowie was the ideal template for his Doctor: “He explained he drew inspiration for his Doctor Who look from his ‘scrapbook of ideas’. He thought Bowie was the perfect look.”
It was no secret that Peter was a Ziggy Stardust fan, and the actor revealed last year he attended three out of four Bowie concerts as a young fan in Glasgow, missing the last one only because he couldn’t afford it.
For the show, he sports a sharp black waistcoat and red-silk lined coat from Scottish-firm Crombie, as well as all-purpose Doc Martens boots.
He will also keep his Scottish accent, unlike David Tennant who changed his to sound more southern. Christopher Eccleston gave his ninth Doctor a northern accent.
Capaldi says of the Doctor: “He’s woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.”
The actor was photographed with co-star Jenna Coleman’s character Clara in the first image of the pair in the new Tardis.
Fans were excited when his darker persona was showcased in a 15-second teaser clip on Friday. The Doctor looks sinister, silhouetted against a fire, asking: “Clara, be my pal and tell me – am I a good man?”
A nervous-looking Clara replies: “I don’t think I know who the Doctor is any more.”
The first episode of the new series airs on August 23 on BBC One. Capaldi is hoped to take the Doctor in a new direction, with some taking the outfit as an indication that the series will be scarier and a bit more serious.
Some 6.2 million viewers tuned in last August to find out Capaldi was the new Doctor.
Capaldi, best known for his role as foul-mouthed spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC series The Thick Of It, had already appeared on the show, in the 2008 adventure The Fires Of Pompeii, as a Roman merchant.
peter must be feeling on top of the world right now, combining his two loves. dreams do come true y'all.