Doctor Who is debuting its Twelfth Doctor this week, and every Whovian out there is waiting on pins and needles to see how Peter Capaldi will portray our favorite Time Lord. Will he be goofy and sweet like the Tenth Doctor? Or quirky but a little damaged like the Eleventh? Only time (and the premiere on August 23) will tell.
In the meantime, I’m more concerned with how the Doctor will look. The official photo from the BBC promises sleek suits with a magician-like flare:
But how will he stack up in terms of the other Doctor’s personal styles? There have been a lot of looks over the past 50 years—some awesome, some…not so much. Before the eighth season premieres on Saturday, let’s take a look back at the fashion of the Doctors—by ranking their styles from best-dressed to worst:
1. The Tenth Doctor
The perfect combo of nerdy and cool, the Tenth Doctor was all well-fitted suits, tweed, and tennis shoes. The look perfectly captured his fun-loving personality by keeping him young (those sneakers!) while still giving him the gravitas that suits a good Doctor. He’s clearly the one to beat.
2. The Eighth Doctor
He was only around for one episode, but that was more than enough to establish the Eighth Doctor as the second most stylish in the series. With his waistcoat, ascot, and pocket-watch, he looks like a dashing Victorian gentleman come to life. A classic look for the immortal adventurer.
3. The First Doctor
The First Doctor set the standard for almost all doctors to come—that suit-wearing, tweed-loving, layer-heavy look we’ve come to associate with most incarnations of the Time Lord. His style might not be the sleekest, but it’s certainly iconic.
4. The Ninth Doctor
With his leather jackets, fitted sweaters, and jeans, the Ninth Doctor represents the biggest style departure in the Doctor Who universe. His tough guy look – and attitude – is a refreshing change from the other Doctors, even if he does look a little awkward in his over-sized coats at times.
5. The Eleventh Doctor
The Eleventh Doctor often walked that fine line between stylish and goofy—and sometimes he swung a bit too far in the latter direction. He clearly never met a bowtie he didn’t like. Still, his fitted tweed jackets and sweeping hair did a lot of positive work for him.
6. The Fifth Doctor
The Fifth Doctor had a run from 1982-84, and it clearly shows. This classic 1980s preppy look is complete only with a cricket bat (no, seriously—he loved cricket). It’s not perfect style, but at least the patterns don’t clash, the trench is great, and his hat is oddly charming.
7. The Second Doctor
The Second Doctor upped the tweed and the bow-tie action, influencing many of the Doctors to come. It’s not exactly a polished look, and his pants are probably a little too baggy, but I suppose it could be worse.
8. The Seventh Doctor
See? It definitely could be worse. The clashing patterns, the irreverent umbrella, all those question marks – this was not the best Doctor look. But the Seventh Doctor was a master of layering, so that’s something I suppose.
9. The Fourth Doctor
Yikes. The late 70s were not kind to the Doctor. The tweed is out of control, the ascot is misplaced, the hat seems to be furry and the scarf doesn’t match anything. He might be one of the most recognizable Doctors, but that’s not always a good thing.
10. The Third Doctor
If the Twelfth Doctor has an air of the magician about him, then the Third Doctor is like a magician on crack. Capes! Gloves! Red velvet! This Doctor was also the king of ruffles—and not in a good way.
11. The Sixth Doctor
And finally we reach the worst – the Sixth Doctor. It’s like Willy Wonka exploded all over his chest. He also seemed to favor a rainbow umbrella, because obviously.
Where will the Twelfth Doctor fall along the Doctor Who style spectrum? Will he be more of a Tenth or as bad as a Sixth? Let us know your predictions in the comments!