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Easy and Fun Costumes
Over the past two months, I have become helplessly obsessed with Doctor Who. Naturally, I want to start putting together some Doctor 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 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 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 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 are:
- 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 makes for a feasible option since they don't require insane prosthetics, 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 above)? THAT would be really cool. Or perhaps you can choose one of the older Doctors, such as the Fourth Doctor (pictured below)!
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 . . .
L????? on August 07, 2013:
How about alternate Doctor costumes such as "John Smith" the teacher for Ten (or Seven, if you're going by the book) from Human Nature, Borrowed!Pajamas!Ten or Viking!Four or something? If you want to be an extra/enemy, perhaps a Classic!Master, The Rani, Gas Mask Zombie, Vampire Fish Lady, Auton or even The Celestial Toymaker or a Sontaran?
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on March 14, 2012:
Marina, I DEFINITELY recommend dressing up as a TARDIS!! Those costumes are my favorite!! Oh god... that's it. I just need to do it.
Marina on March 12, 2012:
My goodness! What to do, what to do. More importantly, where to go to show off my awesomeness and Allons-y / Geronimo / Spoilers / Don't blink my way into fame? Who to be, what to wear, what to say, and where to go? But I now have an awesome starting point (Any tips for me being a Dalek? Or could I dress as the TARDIS itself?)
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on December 29, 2011:
YAY! Hahaa, that's why I got started on it myself... it was just killing me! Just power through the 2005 series- it starts off awful, but gets better. SO MUCH BETTER!
Melanie Palen from Midwest, USA on December 29, 2011:
I need to get on this Dr. Who bandwagon. It's killing me... all these 'net references to it.
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on December 27, 2011:
Argh!! I know!!! I NEED TO SEE IT!!!
And you're so right, Tiger Mom- the villains really do have the best costumes!
Tiger Mom from New York on December 26, 2011:
Awesome hub, Simone (as usual). The villains make the best costumes, as seen above in Weeping Angels. The Silence is also excellent. BTW, Doctor Who returned last night in a Christmas Present to all Whovians, "The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe...as if you didn't know. Voted up and awesome.
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on October 17, 2011:
It is SUCH A GOOD SHOW, SimeyC!! That's 35 FANTASTIC years!!
And that rocks, How to - Answers!! Isn't the Weeping Angel costume amazing??? AND YES! Fish fingers and custard all the way! My friends and I are huge Mat Smith fans.
I didn't, so thanks for the fix, RKHenry!
And oh my gosh... I envy you, Robwrite! I would have loved to see those costumes in person.
I hope you check the series out, anglnwu! Start with the Ninth Doctor (the 2005 season) and move up from there if you don't want to take on the whole thing.
anglnwu on October 16, 2011:
Great ideas. For someone who is not quite familiar with the Dr. Who series (sorry, didn't grow up here), I must say that I get quite an idea just from reading this hub. Nicely done.
Rob from Oviedo, FL on October 16, 2011:
I just came back from NY comic-con and the place was loaded with 11th Doctor costumes, some of them with a fez. There were even several River Song imitators.
I've loved Dr. Who as far back as the '70s. (You can check out my Dr. Who hub) and I'm really enjoying Matt Smith's performance.
Great costume ideas. Very good suggestions.
RKHenry from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA on October 16, 2011:
Did you mean to only put one "L" in Halloween in your title?
L M Reid from Ireland on October 16, 2011:
I love Doctor Who and have been watching for over 50 years. Great idea about the Halloween Costumes too. Wow the Weeping Angel Halloween costume is weird and awesome!
Loving the new Doctor, Matt Smith and especially Rory and Amy. Fish Fingers and Custard. Priceless
Simon from NJ, USA on October 15, 2011:
Wow - I remember back in the seventies when I was reallllllly young when I used to hide behind the sofa when the daleks came on! I cannot believe I've been watching Dr Who for nearly 35 years!