Awesome Doctor Who Costume Ideas for Halloween and Beyond
Over the past two months, I have become helplessly obsessed with Dr. Who. Naturally I want to start putting together some Dr. Who costumes. So naturally I've done some research.
The particularly satisfying thing about cosplaying or dressing up as a Doctor Who character is that (unless you decide to dress like a Dalek or Cyberman or some other insane alien) the costumes are pleasantly straightforward. Most of the main characters dress pretty normally, meaning that if you want to go with a minimalist costume, you totally can.
In fact, you can get away with just a couple of cool accessories, so long as you have a lot of great Doctor Who quotes to bandy about. I've put together a listing of all these things, plus a couple of costume assemblages below. Geronimo!
First: Get Inspired
If you, much like myself, are a Doctor Who fan, you probably know that you are not alone. Because of its long history and multiple seasons (and mind-blowing awesomeness), the show has accumulated an incredibly impressive following, and many of the more involved fans (when not composing time lord rock or re-watching the Van Gogh episode) have created incredible costumes.
Perusing others' creations online is a great way to get ideas for your own Doctor Who costume. You'll notice some commonly used accessories that are used to distinguish one character from another, as well as some smart recycled materials that can be used to create the more elaborate costumes.
Of course, you don't have to look at others' costumes to get an idea of who you want to dress up as. Everyone has a favorite Doctor, or a character with whom they identify (or who they idolize). Chances are you already know what costume you'd like to assemble, so let's stop wasting time (hah!) and get into the details.
To be honest, most Doctor Who characters dress in a pretty informal manner. It's all about the cool accessories... plus great quotes and references that you pull out!
- Sonic screwdriver
- Nerd glasses / 3-D glasses (if you're going for a Tenth Doctor look)
- A fez or bow tie (if you're going for an Eleventh Doctor look) (they're cool)
- Anything resembling a TARDIS
- Keys (that could be to the TARDIS)
- A sonic "probe" (As old Amelia Pond might call it)
The Eleventh Doctor Who Costume
Let's face it- it doesn't get much cooler than the Eleventh Doctor. He happens to be my personal favorite. As an added bonus, the Eleventh Doctor is also one of the easiest (while still distinct) Doctor Who characters to dress up as!
For a complete costume, all you need is...
- A burgundy bow tie (bow ties are cool!)
- A tan blazer and button up shirt
- Dark pants and shoes
- A fez or a cowboy hat (beware- they may be shot)
The Tenth Doctor Costume
The Tenth Doctor isn't so hard to dress as, either! Also... who doesn't want to be David Tennant? I.. I adore him.
The essential elements include:
- Pinstriped pants and blazer
- Button up shirt
- Striped tie
- Red Converse shoes (epic win)
- Tan duster (so cool)
- (Optional) nerd glasses or 3-D glasses
You could also, of course, just don an adorable smile and say "Allons-y!" or "Timey wimey" or something else incredibly cool like that.
The Ninth Doctor Costume
For those who would like a more informal, streamlined look (or who don't have blazers, button up shirts, or dusters), the Ninth Doctor offers a pretty decent option. All you need is:
- A v-neck shirt
- A leather jacket
- Dark pants and shoes
That's it! Because the Ninth Doctor dresses in a less formal manner, I think it's all about the accessories.
Dressing as River Song would be brilliant, especially if you've got the hair for it! The essentials are fairly straightforward. All you'd really need is...
- Jeans + a jean jacket and white blouse with a brown leather gun holster and brown cowboy boots
- OR a spacesuit
- OR a white jacket with tightly cropped gray pants and leather boots with a cinching thick belt and gun holster
We all know how cool River Song is, so if you're going to dress up as her, you'll have to perfect your "Hello, sweetie" first. If you can't pull that off, don't even bother putting on the costume.
A Member of the Sibylline Sisterhood
Did you love The Fires of Pompeii? Are you a fan of Karen Gillan? Why not give some homage to the first Doctor Who episode in which she made an appearance by dressing up as a member of the Sibylline Sisterhood?
All you'll need for one of these costumes is:
- A red hooded robe
- Face paint- both for your face and your hands
- Neat beaded necklaces and bracelets
- Dark red lipstick
This costume is particularly excellent for those who are not so photogenic, for you have every excuse to pose with your hands in front of your face!
If you want to be particularly fancy, dress like an alien other than a Time Lord! Catkind make for a feasible option, since they don't require insane prothetics, and most of the body is covered by a less-difficult-to-obtain nun outfit anyhow.
You'll simply need:
- A nun outfit (the kind with the AWESOME flying nun habit)
- Face paint
- Prosthetics for below your nose for a convincing cat mouth
- Whiskers (if you want to go all the way)
- White gloves
Other Doctor Who Characters
The great thing about Doctor Who is that there are so many Doctors and so many different characters (both human and alien) to choose from.
Should you wish to don nothing more than jeans and a t-shirt, you can still choose from a wealth of high caliber characters (Rose Tyler, perhaps?).
You can also go all-out and dress up as a Cyberman, an Ood, or even a Dalek! Basically, there's something for everyone. If you want to be particularly cool, may I suggest dressing as a Weeping Angel (pictured below)? THAT would be really cool. Or perhaps you can choose one of the older Doctors, such as the Fourth Doctor (pictured to the right)!
So get creative, and have fun! No matter how you dress, if you choose to masquerade as a Doctor Who character, you're cool in my book.
Just remember one thing...