The First Female Doctor Who's Outfit, in All Its Quirky Glory

Jodie Whittaker
Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor Who (Image credit: Steve Schofield/BBC Worldwide)

The new Doctor Who has a new look. As portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to take on the vaunted role, the 13th incarnation of the time-and-space-tripping Gallifreyan is all dressed up with everywhere to go.

In a new photo from the BBC, the "Broadchurch" star flaunts shin-skimming, high-waisted teal culottes, mustard suspenders à la the Second and Eleventh Doctors, burnished combat boots, and cobalt-and-white socks. A deep navy shirt with a ballet neckline is embellished at the bust line with mustard, orange and teal stripes — a little Wesley Crusher–adjacent but more likely a reference to the Fifth Doctor's iconic scarf. 

There is, of course, a voluminous overcoat, which no Doctor's ensemble is complete without. More anorak-like than the stiff, tweedy greatcoats we've seen on several Doctors past, Whittaker's topper features a Fifth Doctor–reminiscent light tan exterior and a dark navy lining trimmed with slimmer versions of the mustard, orange and teal stripes. [Meet the Time Lords: The Many Faces of Doctor Who]

The look has a quirky, gamine quality — neither aggressively masculine or feminine but a finely toed point in between. The Doctor's costume has always informed his — and now her — personality; the austerity of this one telegraphs a businesslike sobriety but its embellishments lend it a decidedly puckish air.

Is there a hoodie hidden behind her? Are the pockets bigger on the inside? Will Whittaker's Time Lady have a yen for jelly babies, Jammy Dodgers or funny hats? We won't be able to tell until next fall, when the Thirteenth Doctor, fresh from her regeneration from Peter Capaldi's Twelfth this Christmas, makes her official, full-length debut.

Three new regular cast members will join Jodie Whittaker (center) on the next season of "Doctor Who." From left to right: Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh, and Tosin Cole. (Image credit: BBC Worldwide)

The upcoming 11th season will comprise nine episodes with a 50-minute runtime and a special 1-hour premiere, according to the BBC.

Whittaker will be accompanied by series regulars Bradley Walsh as Graham, Tosin Cole as Ryan and Mandip Gill as Yasmin. Sharon D. Clarke will appear in a recurring role.

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Jasmin Malik Chua
Contributing Writer

Jasmin Malik Chua is a fashion journalist whose work has been published in the New York Times, Vox, Nylon, The Daily Beast, The Business of Fashion, Vogue Business and Refinary29, among others. She has a bachelor's degree in animal biology from the National University of Singapore and a master of science in biomedical journalism from New York University.