DIY Doctor Who Costume (The 11th Doctor)

By | August 30, 2012

It’s been quite some time since I last posted a do-it-yourself costume idea, but with Halloween just around the corner I had one in mind that I wanted to share. My current television obsession is, without question, the fantastic BBC series Doctor Who. Matt Smith is pure genius in the role, so I figured his incarnation of the Doctor is a good place to start. Hopefully I’ll get another post up for David Tennant’s 10th Doctor before this Halloween, but no promises.

11th DoctorBurgundy Bow Tie or Navy Bow Tie
The Eleventh Doctor’s Bowtie is probably the most iconic part of his wardrobe, so much so that they saw a surge in popularity when he first started wearing it. Without the bowtie, this costume would be virtually unrecognizable.

Burgundy Suspenders or Navy Suspenders
Right along side the bowtie, although often less visible, are the matching suspenders. Just make sure that you get the same color as whichever bow tie you select.

Fez or Cowboy Hat
These fine hats have each only made an appearance in a single episode before being vetoed by Amy Pond and River Song, but they are nonetheless an iconic part of The Doctor’s wardrobe.

Tweed Blazer
If you’re looking to get this new, expect to pay a lot. The above jacket is pretty close, otherwise you can get the officially licensed replica over at Think Geek. Personally, I’d suggest saving some money and going to your nearby thrift store to getting something close.

Dress Shirt
Okay, so you probably don’t need to get a $110 dress shirt to complete this costume, but that’s the closest match I could find to what he actually wears. In all reality, you could walk in to your nearest department store and find a similar one for a lot less. Better yet, you might already have a decent shirt in your closet.

Like the shirt, this is a little less iconic than the bow tie, suspenders, and hat. If you’ve got a dark pair of jeans that you already own, they’ll fit the part perfectly.

Black Boots
If you’re pinching pennies, this part of the costume isn’t always noticable, but there are a few occasions when the Doctor’s choice of footware is important or even vital to the plot, so if you really want to look the part a pair of black lace-up boots is the way to go.

The Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver
Did you really think you’d see the end of this guide without the most important accessory in the Doctor’s wardrobe? No Doctor is complete without his Sonic Screwdriver, so no Doctor costume would be complete without one either. There are a few options out there, but this is among the best replicas I’ve found.

With that, I urge you to go forth, assemble your Eleventh Doctor costume, and protect the planet from peril. As always, I urge anyone who uses this guide to share a picture of your completed costume in the comments.

  • Doc_and_Marty

    You can get away with a red bow tie and suspenders, right?

  • Evan Primakow

    Would a purist yell at you? Probably. Would you still look awesome? Definitely.

  • Doc_and_Marty

    By the by, thanks for the tips! I put together a rather inexpensive yet very cool Doctor Who outfit. Just as you suggested, I found some of the outfit in my own closet! A light cream colored, checkered pattern shirt with button down collar, a pair of black pants and an old pair of black combat boots I originally got at a yard sale for $2 were readily available.
    Got a pair of red suspenders from Wal Mart for $7, a cool, textured red bow tie from Burlington coat factory for $3 and a nice tweed jacket from a local thrift store for $5!
    Most expensive item was the sonic screwdriver which I picked up from ebay earlier this year for about $20.
    Cool thing about the outfit is that you can actually pass for a regular guy to those unfamiliar with Doctor Who!