I’m taking about that moment in the first episode of a new Doctor where the old skin is finally shaken off and a re-designed costume helps define the start of a new era in Doctor Who history.
Later, when Jon Pertwee took over, his new clothes were more realistically introduced by having The Doctor lift them from the changing room of the hospital where he is taken at the start of Spearhead From Space.
But it was Tom Baker’s transition scene that was the first to make some play on the anticipation of what The Doctor would be wearing.
Looking through the list of regenerations, I have realised there seems to be two dominant scenarios for these scenes:
The Hospital Changing Room scenario
The Third Doctor steals the clothes of a hospital consultant before stealing his car as well; after the Eighth Doctor emerges from the morgue, he takes the clothes of a surgeon, who is going to a fancy dress party; the latest regeneration sees the Eleventh Doctor lifting a the parts of his costume from the hospital locker room as he strides through.
The TARDIS Dressing-up Room scenario
Fourth Doctor keep popping out of the TARDIS dressed in unsuitable costumes; the Fifth Doctor finds his new clothes in the TARDIS, almost as if he was supposed to; the Sixth Doctor is the first to be seen in the dressing-up room to choose his new clothes; followed by the Seventh Doctor who goes through a similar selection; finally the Tenth Doctor makes his choice from a re-imagined dressing-up room, courtesy of The Mill’s special effects gurus!
The Sixth Doctor Costume TransitionThe costumes on the racks are an ecclectic mix of stock items probably from the Angels or BBC Cosutme Department roped in for the day, but hidden in there are a number of pieces of previous Doctor’s clothes.
(These were worn again in The Two Doctors)
On the rack is Jon’s tartan Inverness Cape (see below, left); and later Colin Baker tries on the Smoking Jacket (see below, right).
It wasn’t too long before The Doctor was back for another rumage for clothes, in the form of Sylvester McCoy.
Check out the Seventh Doctor Costume transition to see what surfaced that time
Lastly, here are some photos I have found taken during the filming of this scene.
You can see some more detail of the background costumes, though no extra Who-related ones sadly.
You can read my reviews of the other
Costume Transition scenes below: