How to make a Doctor Who costume

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How to make a Doctor Who costume
If it's done well, this costume should create an ineffable quality of geek chic. (Getty Thinkstock)

Since the revival of the Doctor Who series, David Tennant's version of the time lord has become phenomenally popular. The 10th doctor's costume might not seem unique on the surface. However, it has a few quirks that can help you to be recognisable without having to explain your costume. To carry off this Halloween costume, you should preferably be quite tall and slender. If it's done well, this costume should create an ineffable quality of geek chic.

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Things you need

  • Basic white button-down shirt
  • Tie
  • Brown pinstripe suit
  • White high-top sneakers
  • Brown trenchcoat
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Shiny blue sequin
  • 3-D glasses
  • Hair mousse
  • Thick sideburns

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  1. 1

    Wear a basic white button-down shirt, but leave the top button open. Put on a tie, but keep the knot loose and messy.

  2. 2

    Get a slender, brown pinstripe suit. The trousers should be close fitting and the jacket should be just a little bit too tight. Fasten the top couple of buttons on the jacket, but leave the bottom ones open. If you have trouble finding a brown suit you can afford, look on eBay or check your local thrift shop.

  3. 3

    Find some all white high-top sneakers. Be sure to wear socks with them, as they can get rather stuffy.

  4. 4

    Wear a long medium-brown trenchcoat that reaches your lower calves. Leave it open.

  5. 5

    Get a tire pressure gauge. Secure a small shiny blue sequin to the top or attach a battery-powered blue LED light assembly. This will serve as the doctor's sonic screwdriver.

  6. 6

    Find an ordinary pair of red and blue 3-D glasses. These can also be found on eBay. You can wear them the entire time you're out for Halloween, or interchange them with a pair of geeky, dark brown rectangular shaped eyeglass frames. Remove the lenses if they're not the right prescription for your eyes.

  7. 7

    Arrange your hair in a short and tousled style. Use a little mousse to make it spiky on top, and try to make the fringe jut out in front of your forehead. If you don't have any facial hair, attach some thick sideburns to the side of your head with spirit gum.

Tips and warnings

  • The clothing for the Doctor Who costume should be rather rumpled.
  • Your best bet after David Tennant's Doctor Who is Tom Baker's. He wore a dark brown overcoat, a checkered vest, a red scarf, a hat and a long multicoloured knit scarf.
  • On Halloween evening, if anyone doesn't know who you're supposed to be, dare them to guess.
  • Make this a group costume by pairing your doctor with any of his three companions.

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