This one came out of left field, didn’t it?!
Now, many fans don’t technically consider the “Dr. Who” films starring Peter Cushing to be “proper” Doctor Who (and don’t get me wrong, they aren’t!) but they do hold a valuable and important place in Who history.
The films themselves sought to cash in on the success of Doctor Who and the popularity of the Daleks. This brazen and unashamed cash-grab is somewhat laughable, but also comendable for attempting to launch Doctor Who as a bigger and bolder IP than it was to begin with and, while the films were somewhat popular and still fondly remembered by older fans, they’re often swept under the rug in an attempt to white wash Doctor Who history.
Peter Cushing plays the titular Dr. Who (that’s his name!) who is a human scientist who invents his own time machine (called the Tardis) and takes his young granddaughter Susan, slightly less younger granddaughter Barbara, and Barbara’s boyfriend Ian on some adventures.
The character of Dr. Who is an interesting one as it attempts to distil the essence of William Hartnell’s first Doctor while simultaneously warming up the character and making him appeal to all ages. The issue with this is that Hartnell had already won audiences over with his original portrayal and to simultaneously reference and do-away-with the source material makes for a slightly galling viewing experience.
That said, Dr. Who is a snappy dresser and that’s what we’re here to talk about today. Less Time Lord Wardrobe today and more Bonkers Scientist Wardrobe, we’ve broken down the quintessentially 60’s outfit worn by Cushing in “Dr. Who & The Daleks” – this look is rife with stereo-typically intellectual fabrics, while also offering some fun colours and unexpected combinations.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that the jacket featured is the same White Stuff blazer featured in our Fourth Doctor look book. This item featuring again can mean either A) Cord jackets are incredibly hard to come by, B) Corduroy means sciencey wiencey, or C) All of the above.
The jacket, as mentioned before is immaculately tailored and manages to capture the vintage effect the outfit evokes while simultaneously modernising and updating the silhouette to be infinitely more wearable than earlier cord jackets.
It’s available to purchase from House of Fraser, or in White Stuff stores.
The trousers featured (also through House of Fraser) are a beautiful pair of slim-cut hounds-tooth trousers. Having studied Cushing’s original on-screen outfit, it’s difficult to tell exactly what his trousers were. They clearly feature a distinctly 1960’s cut (which is coming back into vogue at the moment) so a similar style won’t be hard to find. The black and white of the hounds-tooth, at a distance, combine to make the trousers ‘read’ as grey and give a really cool (yet subtle) colour-changing kind of effect.
It appears that Cushing wore a mustard colour waistcoat as Dr. Who, however, these can look incredibly unfashionable and look more at home on drunk farmers than they do on dandy time travellers. Instead, substitute the waistcoat for a less formal cardigan. This one from Burton is a nice example of how one louder colour can elevate an otherwise tame outfit.
In place of the satin neckerchief sported by Dr Who, we’ve opted for a knitted tie in a beautiful baby blue. This colour will pair really well with the mustard cardigan, and the knitted texture creates a depth of contrast which makes the entire look stand out from the crowd. If, however, you’re feeling daring, a neckerchief isn’t a bad option either! This tie from DQT is only £7.99 and comes in a variety of colours. The knitted tie really calls the 1960’s to mind, so stock up if you’re a dedicated follower of fashion!
The shirt presented here is a flecked penny collar offering from Kin and is available from John Lewis. The penny collar was originally popular during the 1920’s but saw a huge resurgence in popularity during the 1960’s thanks to fashion-forward bands such as The Beatles. This one features some really interesting flecked fibres which stops the shirt from being “just another” white shirt.
Alternatively, penny collar shirts in an array of colours are becoming more and more available on the high street, so be sure to check your local retailers if you want to grab a bargain!
Lastly, Dr. Who seems to have been fond of scarves. The baby blue option he sported matched his neckerchief and our selection is no different. I’d recommend a pashmina style scarf as they crumple really nicely and create a care-free, lived-in appearance. This one from eBay but there are dozens of options available – just keep your eyes peeled!
Lastly, we’ve selected a pair of suede chukka boots – the slim profile of the chukka boot helps to create a smooth and natural line from trousers to boots and makes for a very sleek and slick look. The texture of the suede adds to the professorial look the outfit conjures and creates a comfortable yet formal effect.
These particular boots are from Marks & Spencer and a really nice interpretation of the style. Alternatively, a pair of Chelsea boots would work well – just choose a style that you’re comfortable and happy with.
What do you think? This outfit is simultaneously ultra-modern while also having an air of refined vintage to it. Would you wear something like this? Let us know in the comments!