Ncuti Gatwa's Doctor Who costumes to reference past Doctors

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Gatwa's Doctor Who costumes reference past DoctorsJames Pardon/Bad Wolf/BBC Studios - BBC

Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa's costumes will hark back to past Time Lords.

The sci-fi show's costume designer Pam Downe discussed the Fifteenth Doctor's outfits during an interview for Doctor Who Magazine, where she specifically referenced a Regency-era costume from an episode co-starring Mindhunter's Jonathan Groff.

"I like to control the colours," said Downe.

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"I don't know if viewers will pick up on it, but the burgundy velvet of Ncuti's jacket is a nod to past Doctors. I like to put little nods to the past in where I can."

Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor springs to mind, who himself enjoyed a bit of velvet.

Gatwa previously spoke of his appreciation for Pertwee's on-screen wardrobe, telling Rolling Stone: "I love Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctors outfits. Lovely velvet jackets and frilly shirts. I feel a connection to him, our Doctors are the only two who dress like sluts.

"The day Russell [T Davies] invited me to meet everybody, they asked me what sort of costume I wanted. I showed them this Ralph Lauren collection that was in partnership with Historically Black Colleges in America. I love those pieces, they're so preppy and so Black."

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In other news, Gatwa once revealed that he was told off for swearing while wearing the Doctor's costume.

"I got called into [Davies'] office. Woo! And he let me know that that's not acceptable," he told Radio Times, before quoting his boss: "'Do what you want when you're out of costume, but when you're in costume, do not let us catch you swearing'.

"I was like, 'Fair enough'. And I guess that was a lesson."

Doctor Who will return for its 14th series in May, airing on BBC One in the UK and Disney+ elsewhere. Classic episodes of Doctor Who are available on BBC iPlayer in the UK.

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