I know entirely too much about the Doctor Who franchise in general. I’ve watched all the old show and the new one, seen the animated features, listened to nearly all the audio plays (that’s over 100 now), and have read too many of the novels and comics. So when news broke this week that the Eighth Doctor, played on-screen and in dozens of full-length audio plays by Paul McGann, was getting a brand new outfit, I was so excited that I decided we had to hit the good Doctor and his different incarnations in this week’s Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. If you’ve only been watching the new show that began airing in 2005, prepare to get educated.
Who is the Doctor? Fair question. Long ago on the planet Gallifrey, the noble clans and houses of Gallifrey saw themselves as “Lords of Time.” They keept the status quo of reality and if they had to occasionally leave their planet, they would only do so from the safety of a “TT capsule”, also known as a “TARDIS” (Time and Relative Dimension in Space). Such ships could go anywhere in time and space, were “dimensionally transcendental” (bigger inside than outside), and were equipped to blend in with the surroundings, thanks to a Chameleon Circuit.
To be a Time Lord, the children of Gallifrey’s noble clans attended the Academy for over a century, learning the history of the cosmos, how to navigate the universe and the vortex of time, how to pilot a TARDIS, and how to sense the temporal currents so they could feel what events were fixed and what could handle alteration without radically altering all reality. But two special children who became friends in the Academy decided that they did not agree with Time Lord rules. They wanted to explore the universe firsthand and investigate the mysteries that their stagnant society had deemed beneath notice. After they grew up and became official Time Lords, the two friends realized they had different goals. One wished to explore for the sake of adventure and knowledge, while the other saw exploration as a means to power. Each left Gallifrey and they were labeled renegades, meaning they gave up their heritage and birthright, even their own names. Since then, they’ve only gone by the titles they chose for themselves. The Time Lord who embraced the glory of chaos and wished to dominate all life called himself the Master. The Time Lord who simply wanted to travel through space and time for the thrill of it called himself the Doctor.
The Doctor has spent centuries acting as a hero for many, roaming the universe in a broken down, “antique” TARDIS that he stole from a repair shop and whose faulty Chameleon Circuit means that its outward appearance is stuck looking like a 1960s blue police telephone box. Like all Time Lords, the Doctor was given the ability to regenerate his entire body if he receives a fatal wound or illness or if his form simply grows too old. With this ability, he has a maximum of thirteen lives. In each incarnation, his memories stay intact but his appearance and some behavioral traits alter (basically, “nurture” remains but “nature” is changed). And each incarnation of the Doctor has a distinct style of dress that has often mystified people.
So let’s take a look at this Time Lord’s ensemble, shall we? And by the way, just so we can save on time and space (see what I did there?), we will only be discussing the CLASSIC Doctors and a couple of others who preceded the new TV program that began in 2005. The modern-day Doctors can get their own column later.
FIRST DOCTOR – MYSTERIOUS GRANDFATHER
“Your ideas are too narrow, too crippled. I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot!” - First Doctor, from “The Daleks’ Master Plan”
When we first met the Doctor, as played by William Hartnell, he was a silver haired man traveling with his granddaughter Susan. As he had only just left the society of Time Lords, he still operated very closely to their philosophies, seeing people of “lesser races” to be inferior and, if necessary, expendable. It took a couple of adventures fighting alongside a pair of human beings before he began to soften and become the heroic Doctor we knew and love. Despite this, he was still a gruff scientist who had very little patience for anyone who couldn’t follow his logic or explanations.
The First Doctor’s black coat and tie, in conjunction with his slicked back hair and fierce look, definitely makes him seem like a stern figure. You could easily picture him lecturing a room full of students. On rare occasion, you’d see him toss on a cape and maybe even a black cap, giving him the impression of a Dickensian character, familiar to us yet clearly out of place.
But the entire outfit isn’t serious. Notice the trousers. The pattern makes them playful and casual, clashing with the feeling given by the rest of the outfit. Actor Tom Baker, who played the fourth incarnation of the Doctor, described it as “anti-fashion” but since we learned from the start that the Doctor is from another world, we can interpret this instead as a sign that he might operates by a different/alien fashion sense. The trousers could almost be pajamas and their look gives off a spark of playfulness, which makes sense since the Doctor, in all his incarnations, has a Puckish quality to his persona.
Oh, and for anyone curious about the photograph above, those creatures are telepathic Sensorites (from the TV adventure “The Sensorites”) and they may be related to the Ood. Their planet, the Sense-Sphere, was mentioned as being close to the Ood-Sphere in the Tenth Doctor episode “Planet of the Ood.” Don’t you love continuity?
SECOND DOCTOR – COSMIC HOBO
“Our lives are different to anybody else’s. That’s the exciting thing, that nobody in the universe can do what we’re doing.” - Second Doctor, from “Tomb of the Cybermen”
Patrick Troughton was the first actor who had to convince audiences that it was possible to have a new, different Doctor and yet accept him as the same character. Whereas Hartnell was a gruff grandfather who was really a big softy when you got to know him, Troughton’s Doctor was a lovable uncle. He was an intelligent, sensitive man who often played the cowardly fool, either to make his friend laugh or to trick enemies into underestimating him.
Whereas the First Doctor attempted always to present himself as an educated gentleman, the Second Doctor embraced the fact that he was basically a homeless Time Lord living in his time ship. With wrinkled shirts, a bow tie that was often crooked, and trousers that clashed with his coat, this Doctor was an incarnation that Troughton jokingly described as a “cosmic hobo.” This outfit definitely says “laid-back clown” rather than “authority figure,” so it fits with his personality.
To enhance the ridiculousness of his look, Troughton once wore a stove-pipe hat and on other occasions sported a large fur coat (no doubt fake fur, considering the Doctor’s loving attitude towards animals).
The Second Doctor’s adventures were in black and white, but he later appeared in color when he teamed up with some of his other incarnations. When he met his Sixth incarnation, he wore simple, drab colors, but in “The Three Doctors,” where he teamed up with the First and Third Doctors, he wore a bright blue shirt that definitely underlined his clownish aspect.
And for you trivia fans out there, it was the Second Doctor who first used the famous sonic screwdriver and who began the habit of using the alias “John Smith,” which (coincidentally or not) was also the name of his granddaughter Susan’s favorite musical artist.
THIRD DOCTOR – GADGET MAN, DANDY DOCTOR
“A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting!” – Third Doctor, from “The Time Warrior”
When the Third Doctor arrived, the program was going under some changes. To save on budget, it was written that the Doctor was temporarily exiled to Earth in the 1970s, his TARDIS broken and his knowledge of time travel science blocked out. In order to have resources to try and hot-wire his time ship, the Doctor agreed to be the scientific advisor of U.N.I.T. (United Nations Intelligent Task Force), a group he had met twice before who protected the planet from strange menaces.
Trapped in one time and place and forced to work with the military he disagreed with, this Doctor was a stern, short-tempered person constantly fed up with his situation. He took life much more seriously, spending every spare moment he had in the U.N.I.T. labs as he tried to fix his TARDIS. But he’s still the Doctor and our hero has a mind that wanders, so often times he’d wind up creating several strange gadgets to help him on his adventures. Because of his short-tempered attitude, the Third Doctor was more physical and often got into confrontations where he displayed a master of alien martial arts.
This Doctor then, who had the authority of U.N.I.T. backing him up and was constantly displaying high-tech gear, was a James Bond take on the character. Like the First Doctor, this third incarnation was a little bit in love with himself and felt the need to remind others of his importance and ability. Hence, every one of his outfits were attention grabbing and with an old-fashioned sense of sophistication.
By being out of date and displaying odd, eye-grabbing colors, the Doctor’s wardrobe reminded us that he was still a bit of a nut and couldn’t resist the occasional opportunity to crack a joke. And after a while, he began to lighten up, especially when he saved Gallifrey and was rewarded with regaining his knowledge of time travel science and his freedom (under the condition that he occasionally do a mission for the Time Lords).
This Dandy Doctor, as fans often called him, didn’t have one set type of outfit, but went through many that all seemed to have the same frilly shirts or the same air of pompousness. It certainly made him a very memorable man to come across.
FOURTH DOCTOR – THE BOHEMIAN
“There’s no point in growing up if you can’t be childish sometimes!” – Fourth Doctor, from “Robot”
The most famous Doctor of the classic series was Tom Baker, who played the role for seven years on-screen and was the first actor to truly emphasize that the Doctor was an alien first and foremost, with reactions and idiosyncrasies that were clearly not born on Earth.
Whereas the Third Doctor had been stuck on Earth for so long that he eventually seemed to get used to hanging around and working with U.N.I.T., the Fourth Doctor exhibited a case of extreme wanderlust, determined to never stay in one place for too long, constantly changing the subject during conversations, sometimes interrupting himself with stray thoughts he would voice aloud. He also had a strange habit of offering the candy known as jelly babies to nearly everyone he encountered, sometimes at the most inappropriate moments.
Tom Baker saw the Doctor as a bohemian scientist/pilgrim, one who accomplished what he needed to by utilizing whatever was handy and leaving himself lots of opportunity for improvisation even when he had time to plan. This was a Doctor who tested a planet’s gravity by using a yo-yo and who voiced his thoughts out loud because he simply forgot that other people were around. And he, like the previous incarnation, definitely took advantage of the multi-story wardrobe inside the TARDIS, showcasing not just a couple of stable outfits but a whole ensemble that suited his scattered, eccentric, absent-minded professor mentality. If Willy Wonka had been a Time Lord, he would’ve been a lot like the Fourth Doctor.
One link between all the looks was that he almost always wore one of a set of multi-colored scarves that varied in length from about 10 to 20 feet, a scarf he claimed had been knitted for him by Madame Nostradamus.
Behind the scenes, the original scarf used on the show came about because Tom Baker and the producers decided that his Doctor would wear an eccentric colored scarf. They went to a knitter named Begonia Pope to make it for them, providing her with lots of yarn to choose from since the producers were not sure how much would actually be needed to make a decent scarf. After she was left with the task, Begonia realized she had not asked how long the scarf was supposed to be and was too nervous and embarrassed to ask later. So she used ALL the material that had been left for her. Upon seeing the finished product, Tom Baker loved the ridiculous length of the scarf so much that he made it the trademark of his incarnation.
This Doctor’s outfit spoke to a similar sensibility as the Second Doctor’s. The fact that the Fourth Doctor often dressed in several pieces meant that he could fit into a variety of circumstances. A couple of times, he even wore completely different looks, such as his Holmes-like garb in the TV story “The Talons of Weng-Chiang.” Whether he was wearing a vest, a jumper, a tie, or just a white shirt beneath a trench coat, there was no mistaking the Fourth Doctor with his Bob Dylan-esque hair (seriously, that hair is amazing).
During Tom Baker’s final season as the Doctor, John Nathan-Turner took over as the main power behind the program and started making some changes. One thing he did was to give the Doctor a new uniform look rather than just a dress sense. JNT put Tom Baker in a crimson over coat, crimson trousers, crimson hat, and a new scarf that was various shades of red. He also added question marks to the shirt collar. Tom Baker disliked this style very much, feeling it was very costumey. And, indeed, the next three Doctors under Nathan-Turner’s direction made up what some fans have called “the costume era.”
And if you still doubt the memorable quality of the Fourth Doctor’s ensemble, clearly you have not realized how many times it has been referenced in other areas of pop culture, such as the two times a very familiar-looking figure in a very familiar-looking scarf has appeared on The Simpsons.
This is Romana. She is not the Doctor, she is a Time Lord who traveled with him for a while. Her full name is Romanadvoratrelundar. I bring her up here only because she was awesome and funny and when actress Lalla Ward played her, she wore this hilarious female version of the Fourth Doctor’s outfit and scarf. Seriously, how cool is that? I love this woman.
FIFTH DOCTOR – YOUNG FACE, OLD SOUL
“Oh, marvelous. You’re going to kill me. What a finely tuned response to the situation.” - Fifth Doctor, from “Frontios”
After the eccentric, bizarre, and sometimes abrasive Fourth Doctor died while saving the universe from the Master, we were introduced to a much more relaxed, laid back incarnation. Peter Davison portrayed the Fifth Doctor as a paternal figure whose manner and wisdom often reminded you he was much older than he looked. He was also a Doctor who was more open about his doubts and vulnerability, but who, like many of his other incarnations, primarily wanted to have fun in his travels.
This Doctor, who was reliable, friendly and good-hearted, displayed his qualities by wearing a casual outfit that one might wear to a cricket match, with a stylish overcoat thrown on top. Not a bad look really, but the addition of the question mark collar and the decorative piece of celery on the lapel makes this stand out as weird. The previous Doctors had a strange fashion sense at times, but the Fifth was very clearly either going to a fancy dress party or operating with a completely alien form of logic.
In his final adventure, the Fifth Doctor at last explained that he was (at least in this physical incarnation) highly allergic to certain gases that also had the curious effect of turning celery purple. Hence, he wore the vegetable in order to warn him if the gas was nearby. Yeah, I think it’s weird too.
And for any trivia fans, it was during the 5th Doctor’s tenure that the original sonic screwdriver was destroyed. We did not see it again during the rest of the classic Doctor Who TV program.
SIXTH DOCTOR – THE COLORFUL CAT WHO WALKS BY HIMSELF
“So that’s it? ‘Come with us or we hurt your friends?’ No. My friends mean a great deal to me but they’re still expendable when put against the fate of the universe. You won’t get what you want by killing anyone.” - Sixth Doctor, from “Real Time”
The biggest victim of the “costume era” mentality was Colin Baker, who portrayed the Sixth Doctor. Regeneration is not an easy process and sometimes things can go wrong. Because of how the Fifth Doctor met his end, the Sixth was born somewhat crazed, prone to bouts of delusion and anger for the first several hours of life. When he’d finally settled, he was like a younger version of the First Doctor when we’d met him, brash, overbearing, snide. The idea was that as time went on, he would settle into a more sensitive type of hero.
This outfit screams “Hey, it’s the 1980s.” It looks like something you’d see in a Wham music video. Many attempts were made afterward by different writers to explain why this outfit was the way it was. Some writers said it symbolized the fractured, chaotic nature of the Sixth Doctor’s mind when he first began. In one story, the Doctor said that this was considered high fashion on certain worlds far removed from Earth. In another, he claimed that he deliberately wore it to annoy those around him.
Colin Baker joked that the best thing about wearing this outfit was that he didn’t have to look at it himself. One thing he added was the cat badge, as a reference to the Rudyard Kipling poem “The Cat Who Walks By Himself.” Baker felt that this poem seemed to reflect the Doctor’s nature, particularly the line: “I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.”
Years after he ended his television tenure, Colin Baker reprised the role of the Sixth Doctor in various audio plays (as did the Fifth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors). One of these plays, “Real Time,” was animated for the BBC web-site. Since the multi-colored coat would have been too difficult to do with flash animation, they instead gave him an all-blue version of his outfit. When the story was released on CD, an added scene explained that this was one of the Doctor’s “mourning” outfits and that he put it on because he misunderstood when his companion Evelyn had suggested he don a “morning coat.”
A blue suit being worn to symbolize mourning was a callback to an idea introduced years earlier in the TV story “Revelation of the Daleks.” In that adventure, the Sixth Doctor had sported an azure cloak and explained that this color, rather than black, was seen as a funerary color on many worlds. Sadly suitable for a man who is constantly surrounded by death.
Several other audio plays, and a few of the prose stories, continued the idea of the Sixth Doctor wearing this outfit and I think it fits his personality better. In fact, Colin Baker himself always remarked that the multi-colored patchwork coat never made sense to him and that he thought his Doctor should have worn darker colors or some kind of black cloak.
SEVENTH DOCTOR – TIME’S CHAMPION
“What gives me the right to walk into situations like this and juggle with the fate of planets? Who gives me permission to stand up? My friends do… I’m the Doctor… I’m what monsters like you are afraid of… So tell me… are you getting scared yet?” - Seventh Doctor, from “Shadow of the Scourge”
The last Doctor to be featured on the original, classic program was Sylvester McCoy. At first, the Seventh Doctor seemed silly and mercurial, with occasional moments of solemnity. He played musical spoons and would spout off cliches that he would seem to screw up on purpose, such as “Time and tide wait for the snowman.”
But after a few adventures, he seemed to feel the weight of his age more and determined that he was now going to be proactive in his fight against evil rather than reactive, plotting out multi-layered traps to ensnare various enemies and lying to his allies and companions if it meant they would react in such a way as to get the job done faster. He would still spout off jokes and puns, but half the time that now seemed to be a deliberate disguise for a mercurial figure who was laying traps, always looking at “the big picture.” For some fans, the Seventh Doctor was “the dark one” and the novels later referred to him as “Time’s Champion.”
Unfortunately, the Seventh Doctor’s initial outfit really didn’t really convey this new, darker, more pragmatic nature. A light colored sport coat, a paisley scarf, a straw hat, and a ridiculous question mark jumper made up his look. And for accessories, he had question mark business cards and a question mark handled umbrella. One could argue that he dressed in such a way so his enemies could underestimate him and I can buy into that except for that question mark sweater vest. Seriously, what is that?
Occasionally, the Doctor would remove or lose his hat and this helped him seem more serious. More effective still was the darker coat he wore in his last few television adventures, a color that seemed closer to his more somber nature. By the way, that hat he wore was something Sylvester McCoy had been wearing to the audition. It definitely suited the Seventh incarnation when he was acting foppish or whimsical, but it was definitely better for him not to wear it when he faced down demons and delivered stirring speeches about the futility of evil.
Seven years after the classic Doctor Who series ended, the TV-movie showed the Seventh Doctor as an older man, wearing a much more muted look that suited him in a far better way. The Seventh Doctor was a melancholy figure at heart, admitting in one of the audio plays, “I’m forever testing my companions, forcing them away from me to see if they’ll do what I always expect them to do and leave. I know that…” I doubt such a person who thinks such things would wear such a ridiculous sweater.
EIGHTH DOCTOR – ALMOST HUMAN
“Breathe in deep! …You feel that pounding in your heart? That tightness in the pit of your stomach? The blood rushing to your head? You know what that is? That’s adventure! The thrill and the feel and the joy of stepping into the unknown! That’s why we’re all here and that’s why we’re alive!” – Eighth Doctor, from “Storm Warning”
It has been said in some of the novels and audio plays that as he grew older, the Seventh Doctor regretted that he had become such a calculating control freak, concerned with the big picture more than his friends. It’s no wonder then that the next incarnation was a fun-loving, effervescent man who jumped with excitement at simple pleasures such as comfortable shoes.
Introduced in a TV-movie in 1996 (a failed attempt to spark a new on-going series), the Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann (a friend of Sylvester McCoy’s), was almost a complete amnesiac after his regeneration and wandered around aimlessly for the first hour or so of his life. Finding himself in the locker room of a hospital, he discovered a Wild Bill Hickock costume intended for a New Year’s Eve party. Our hero slapped it on, adding some other items he found, and we got a somewhat Edwardian-looking new Doctor who looked rather dapper and whose style was certainly more in keeping with the first few incarnations.
The Eighth Doctor was very much about adventure and hurtling forward into the unknown with a smile, saying things like, “I can’t make your dream come true forever but I can make it come true today.” This outfit looks like it could be for a steampunk hero and that mentality, the enthusiasm and experimental spirit of a bygone era, fits very nicely for this Doctor. Interestingly, Paul McGann was not terribly thrilled with the costume or with the fact that he had to wear a wig (his hair had been cut short just before filming and the producers didn’t like it).
When asked how he would’ve styled it, McGann said that while this costume made sense as something that the Doctor put together from what he found, once he got back to the TARDIS’s immense wardrobe it would’ve been nice to see the hero wear something in “black leather” and perhaps get shorter hair. This look would, years later, be the style of Christopher Eccleston, the Ninth Doctor.
The Eighth Doctor was intended to usher in the age of a new Doctor Who series. Fox had gotten the rights and got themselves a British director and screen writer and they figured, okay, we’ve got something here. Let’s bring Doctor Who to the U.S. and rock peoples’ socks off. They even brought back the sonic screwdriver to show that they were going back to the roots of the show.
Except, that’s not what happened. McGann was an energetic and highly entertaining Doctor full of potential, but the story was a bit lackluster and was broadcast during a major sports event. The pilot was also difficult to understand for those who had no previous knowledge of Doctor Who whatsoever. It did all right in the U.K., but in America the figures just weren’t good enough and so nothing came out of the pilot. However, Paul McGann later started reprising the role of the Eighth Doctor in a series of audio plays by Big Finish. He has been doing them on a regular basis since 2001, with his most recent adventures airing on BBC7, and has now amassed dozens of highly entertaining stories, stories that have continued even though Russell T. Davies (creator of Queer as Folk) brought back the TV program in 2005, starting it off with a newly regenerated Ninth Doctor. Since McGann has been producing regular audio plays for nine years now, some have argued that he is, in fact, the longest running Doctor.
Recently, it was announced that the Eighth Doctor’s TV pilot would be released on DVD. And then, just last week, we found out that the Eighth Doctor is finally getting a look that Paul McGann truly approves of, a look he will now sport in new promotional materials for his ongoing adventures. They even had the WETA Workshop give him a new sonic screwdriver with a wooden handle. This new look is interesting in that it seems to be a halfway point between McGann’s initial outfit and the one that Christopher Eccleston wore as the Ninth Doctor. This works on a story level as well, since in the past few years the Eighth Doctor has become a bit more cynical in his audio plays, his personality showing hints of the Ninth incarnation to come. And since we don’t know exactly how much time took place between the Eighth Doctor’s “birth” and when he became the Ninth Doctor, there’s no reason McGann can’t continue acting as the character for even more years to come.
Two feature films were made based on the Doctor’s first two battles with the evil Dalek Empire. Acclaimed actor Peter Cushing was cast into the role of the Doctor, but this was not the renegade Time Lord who romped around in a stolen TARDIS. Instead, these two movies re-wrote the story so that our hero was a British scientist named Dr. Who, a man who traveled with his family in a device of his own creation that could transmit itself, and you, through space and time.
Peter Cushing’s “Dr. Who” was an Earth-born scientist who wasn’t really eccentric or alien in any way. And his wardrobe definitely went along with that. He dressed like many men of his age and time period would. The scarf was a bit bright, but that was it. Pretty dull in comparison to the true Doctors of the TV program.
“You’re crazy! What do you think you can do [against these aliens]?” – Joe
“Resist them, surprise them. Oh, and possibly perform a few show tunes.” – Alternate 9th Doctor, from “Scream of the Shalka”
After Paul McGann’s TV-pilot, it seemed for a while that there would be no new TV show continuing the saga of the Doctor. On the BBC web-site, a new flash animation story called “Scream of the Shalka” was put into production, featuring a ninth incarnation of the Doctor who was voiced by Richard E. Grant (an old buddy of McGann’s). This cartoon was originally intended to be an official continuation of the Doctor’s adventures, backed by BBC press releases that announced Grant as the official 9th Doctor.
But progress on making a second animated story went along very slowly and then, soon before “Scream of the Shalka” was released, it was announced that Russel T. Davies was bringing a new live-action Doctor Who program back to TV, introducing his own Ninth Doctor. So Richard E. Grant’s Ninth Doctor was suddenly out of continuity and had no further animated adventures, though he was featured later in a short story entitled “The Feast of the Stone.”
“Scream of the Shalka” was written by Paul Cornell, who had penned many Doctor Who novels by that point (and would work on the new live-action series as well). In this animated story, he gave us an arrogant, angst-ridden Doctor who was quick to target anyone in his path with his sardonic wit. Richard E. Grant described this incarnation as “Sherlock Holmes in space,” a man who was haunted by an undisclosed adventure that had ended in tragedy. He was once again forced to be an unwilling agent of the Time Lords, this time with his old enemy the Master as his traveling companion. Apparently, the Master’s mind had been transferred into an android body that couldn’t leave the TARDIS, forcing him to assist the Doctor and slowly make up for his many crimes across the centuries.
The influence of Sherlock Homes is very strong in this outfit. The small cape, jacket and hairstyle all make this Doctor look as if he could have indeed been an older, less Bohemian version of the great detective. It’s dark color and lack of decoration also underlines that this is not a playful brother. He may be your ally and even a mentor, but he’s not your friend (or at least, he won’t admit it easily). This was an interesting take on the Doctor with lots of potential for change and growth. I hope one day we get to explore him more as a parallel universe “what could have been” version.
And that wraps it up for the Classic Doctors. I hope you enjoyed this romp through memory lane (which is quite a long lane when you consider that the original TV program lasted for 26 years). If you haven’t listened to the Big Finish audio plays or the Eighth Doctors adventures on BBC7, you are cheating yourself, trust me. If you don’t know where to start with them, just e-mail me and I will be happy to give recommendations and explain where they fit into continuity. And some time in the future, we will discuss the fashion of the Time Lords and of the modern Doctors. Maybe we’ll also discuss certain fashionable enemies. Until then, this is Alan Kistler, Agent of S.T.Y.L.E., signing off!
Alan Kistler writes the comic book history/fashion column Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. He is an actor and freelance writer living in New York who has been recognized by Warner Bros. Films and major media/news outlets as a comic book historian. He is also the creator/host of the web-show “Crazy Sexy Geeks: The Series.” He knows entirely too much about the history of comics, Star Trek, Doctor Who, time travel, and vampires that don’t sparkle.