New costumes have been revealed for Ncuti Gatwa’s Fifteenth Doctor and companion Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson), as well as for guest star Jinkx Monsoon. It’s a good thing that the TARDIS wardrobe is bigger on the inside because Season 14 of Doctor Who is shaping up to be the show’s most stylish season yet.
Monsoon’s involvement in the show was announced in early April, playing a “major role” in Season 14. Now we have a little more insight into what that “major role” might involve because the BBC has released official photos—and a video! —of Jinkx in costume. The photos were shared on the official Doctor Who Instagram with a caption calling Jinkx’s character “the Doctor’s most powerful enemy yet.” The look screams camp, which is perfectly suited for Jinkx. The piano key design on the collar of her gown, plus the fact that Jinkx is fresh off her run in Chicago on Broadway, hint towards a villain with a musical flare. Other genre shows, notably Buffy the Vampire Slayer, have had musical episodes, but not Doctor Who—yet. If anyone has the power to change that, it’s Jinkx Monsoon.
Jinkx recently spoke with Pride about her upcoming role and how showrunner Russell T. Davies chose her for the part. “It’s like all of my actor fantasies have been rolled into one character,” she told the outlet, “and now I get to do it all on a show that I love, written by a prolific writer, a voice of our generation who has written so many astounding things.” No doubt “spectacular costume” was one of her fantasies-come-true.
Villains shouldn’t get to have all the fun when it comes to costumes. Another set of official photos released this week show Gatwa and Gibson suited up for a 1960s adventure in period dress. Their looks are reminiscent of an iconic Doctor-companion look from Davies’s first stint as showrunner: the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) in pinstripes with companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) in a somewhat anachronistic period dress in 1950s London.
Doctor Who has touched upon the 1960s in a handful of episodes since its 2005 revival, including Blink, Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon, and most recently Village of the Angels. But none of those episodes have featured the Doctor and companion in period dress. Of course, the biggest tie Doctor Who has to the 1960s is the origin of the show itself, which first aired in 1963. This means that this new 1960s episode has the potential to see the Doctor crossing his own timeline, whether it’s directly addressed or left up to fans’ imaginations.
The most recent Doctor Who costume designer, Ray Holman, has been the main costume designer from Seasons 1-3, as well as Seasons 5, 9, 11, 12, and 13, but it has not yet been announced if he will stay on for Season 14. Whoever the costume designer may be, they’re doing a fabulous job.
For those who need more Ncuti Gatwa to tide you over ahead of his debut in Doctor Who, he will be performing excerpts from a to-be-announced Shakespeare play in the BBC’s celebrations for King Charles III’s coronation.
Doctor Who will return in November 2023 for three specials starring David Tennant as the Doctor, with Season 14 starring Gatwa to follow.