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The Five Best Jackets

A smart jacket was just one of the ways the Third Doctor set himself apart from his scruffy predecessor.

In 1958 Clive Murley of Warrington wrote to the TV Times, asking about the mysteriously shimmering suit worn by the host of ABC’s short-lived game show Can Do. It was made, the reply claimed, from “a special silk material imported from Italy”.

How true this was we don’t know, but it’s certainly true that Jon Pertwee – the host in question – had a lifelong love of stylish and unusual clothing. Eleven years after Can Do, he admitted to “raiding the family wardrobe” for his first Doctor Who photocall – after which his frilly shirts, capes and velvet smoking jackets were adopted as his costume. Pertwee owned dozens of the latter, and many of them found their way into Doctor Who. Here are five of the best…

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE CELEBRATES JON PERTWEE’S CENTENARY WITH 30 PAGES DEVOTED TO THE THIRD DOCTOR! This issue includes: • The World Cup of the Third Doctor. How did your favourite story fare in our epic Twitter tournament? • Lost for more than 40 years – a candid interview with Jon Pertwee from the very first Doctor Who convention in 1977. • An exclusive interview with Jon’s son, actor Sean Pertwee. • A previously unpublished interview with Barry Letts, who produced most of the Third Doctor’s stories and co-wrote classics like The Dæmons and The Green Death. • An exclusive update on the production of Series 12 from showrunner Chris Chibnall. • Katy Manning, who played the Third Doctor’s companion Jo Grant, visits the Time Team. • The second part of an interview with costume designer Howard Burden, who created outfits for the Twelfth Doctor, Clara and Missy. • The Fact of Fiction explores the Twelfth Doctor story Time Heist. • DWM’s review of the Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 10 Blu-ray box set. • The Legacy of Time – DWM talks exclusively to the cast and crew behind one of the most ambitious Doctor Who adventures ever, which features no fewer than six Doctors. • Part One of Power of the Mobox, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!