10th Doctor Style – DRESS like the 10th Doctor
10th Doctor Style – DRESS like the 10th Doctor

Let’s face it, when you think of the most stylish Doctor, who do you think of?

If you’re anything like me, you probably think of Colin Baker.

But for most people it is David Tennant’s 10th Doctor.

First appearing in 2005’s ‘The Christmas Invasion’, the 10th Doctor’s look is nothing less than iconic. Where else would you see someone rocking a trench coat, Converse Chuck Taylors and 3D glasses?

In this article, I will break down the 10th Doctor’s Style, and give you suggestions on how you can bring aspects of it into your wardrobe.



10th Doctor Style – Grooming

The 10th Doctor’s Hairstyle

The 10th Doctor excudes what menswear enthusiasts call ‘sprezzatura’, the concept of looking effortlessly put together.

10th Doctor's Hair Style. The 10th Doctor smiling.

His hair is no exception.

It is neat enough that it doesn’t look un-kept, but not structured enough to be out of character for a time traveller.


How to Style Your Hair Like the 10th Doctor – Get the 10th Doctor’s Hairstyle

I wouldn’t recommend going for the exact look, but a more modern interpretation of it – a voluminous Crew / Ivy League / French cut.

Ask your barber for a number 2 on the back and sides with clippers, and a trim off of the top with scissors, keeping the top moderately long.

Spread a high hold product evenly across your hands and fingers and heating it up by rubbing your hands together.

Starting from the crown of your head and pushing forwards towards your face, apply your preferred product so that you coat a majority of the hair strands.

Then do the same for the sides, pushing them forwards.

Finally, apply a small amount of product between your fingers and use it to pull the hair of your fringe forwards and upwards.

This should result in a messy look, but due to the kept back and sides, it is also neat and appropriate for many situations.


10th Doctor Style – Clothing

The Overcoat

As a classic symbol of mystery, it is easy to see why the costume designers saw this trench coat as a fitting item for the character.

This brown double-breasted coat features 4 buttons on each side, notched lapels, a single vent and comes down past the knee to foot level.

The 10th Doctor's overcoat. David Tennant walking on set.
The 10th Doctor’s oversized overcoat.

Despite many of the features of this coat abiding to classic trench coat rules, I would not recommend trying to find a coat exactly like this.

Both the length of the jacket itself and the sleeves are too long, making wearing difficult. In addition, this throws off the wearer’s proportions.

Instead, I would opt for a beige or navy trench coat which ends at or slightly above the knee – any longer and it could make you look short and dated, and any shorter could make your look out of proportion.

This trench coat from Zara is a perfect example.

A beige Zara trench coat, the model's hand in his right pocket.
A perfect Zara trench coat substitution.


The Suit

The 10th Doctor wears three suit colours, a true-blue suit, a dark burgundy suit with blue chalk stripes and a navy suit with light blue chalk stripes.

The suit jacket is always surprisingly well fitted, featuring tapered arms, a sliver of shirt cuff, spot on shoulders and a correct torso fit.

The 10th Doctor's blue suit. David Tennant with his hands on his hip.
The 10th Doctor in a navy suit with light blue chalk stripes.

However, it is a different story with the trousers which are slightly oversized and are much too long, even for a full break.

A common idea that runs through the 10th Doctor’s style are classic pieces with a twist, and again, this applies to the details of his suits.

All of his suits include four buttons, a back belt and a flap covering the top pocket – all unusual features.

I would suggest staying away from all of the aforementioned, apart from perhaps the back belt – but good luck finding that off the rack in a shop!

A belt back of the Doctor's suit.
The Doctor’s burgundy suit with a belt back.

The back belt is especially advantageous for the Doctor as it allows him movement without sacrificing waist suppression, which contributes to the overall killer fit of his jacket.

This works in synergy with high arm holes on the jacket, allowing greater arm articulation.

Things to take from this:

  • When shopping for a suit, prioritise fit – it doesn’t just look better, but is also more comfortable than a baggy suit.
  • Stick to the traditional details of a suit; two buttons instead of four, and no flap over the top pocket.
  • Your trousers should be nice and tapered. Not too tight, but not too loose.
  • For a full trouser break, your trousers should end about halfway down the back of your shoe.


High Top Converse Canvas Chuck Tailors

These are brilliantly stylish for casual wear but are not to be worn with a suit.

The 10th Doctor's Stylish Converse Chuck Taylors in off white.

But I completely understand why the 10th Doctor wears these shoes… they are comfortable and versatile (but as I have already said, NOT versatile enough for a suit).

In fact, the low top version of these are a staple of my wardrobe and can pair with almost anything from casual to smart casual.

The best thing is that they are very easy to find and won’t cost you the whole universe.

So, if there is one thing that I hope you take from this article, it is that I would highly recommend for you to pick up a pair of these.


What colour converse does the Tenth Doctor wear?

The 10th Doctor wears black, ecru and red high-top canvas Converse Chuck Tayors. All of the high tops have contrasting white rubber wear, creating visual interest and adding to a solid, boring shoe.

The black Chuck Taylors are worn exclusively with a Tuxedo.


The 10th Doctor Stylish Accessories

Acetate Tortoise Specs

Although he is a 900 something old alien with two hearts, he still needs – or chooses to need? – spectacles.

The Doctor's acetate tortoiseshell reading glasses.
The 10th Doctor’s favourite reading glasses.

Well, they are a spectacle.

The 10th Doctor’s favourite pair of reading glasses are these rectangular dark tortoiseshell acetate frames, and legitimately increase your IQ by 100.

However, a problem with these glasses is that the shape looks a bit dated.

I would opt for something with a bit more height, which balances out the face and aids in keeping correct proportions.


3-D Glasses

I love these. But don’t wear them.



In the Idiot’s Lantern, the Doctor sports a pair of groovy gold framed aviators.

The 10th Doctor and Rose on a motorcycle in the Idiot's Lantern.

Even though it was a call to the time period of the episode, 1953, the timeless nature of the Aviator style means it is yet another piece that you should bring into your rotation.

Unlike most other types of sunglasses, it is difficult to go wrong with Aviators as they suit most face shapes well.

However, if you have had your face sucked off by an old lady in an old telly, it might be a bit difficult to put them on…



The 10th Doctor’s accessory game is sparse apart from his notable neckties which seem to be around 8-9cm at their widest point, a classic width.

A collection of the 10th Doctor's ties.
A collection of the 10th Doctor’s ties. Custom made by TennantSuit.com.

As you can see, his ties are rather bold.

If you are a broader gentleman, you can definitely pull off the wider width. However, I would recommend to invest in more timeless patterns.


10th Doctor Style – Black Tie

The 10th Doctor’s Tuxedo

The 10th Doctor is seen in a tuxedo on 3 occasions during his run in the Voyage of the Damned, The Rise of the Cybermen and the Lazarus experiment.

The 10th Doctor in a tuxedo.

As with his his suits, his tuxedo jacket fits well.

Even though it is better than his suit trousers, his tuxedo trousers are still slightly baggy.

There are also other problems with this tuxedo, such as the lapel type.

This tuxedo features a notched lapel. All tuxedos should feature either a peaked or shawl lapel, as they are of higher formality.

He does do well in the other areas however.

His shirt is perfect for black tie – it features French cuffs which take cuff-links, is pleated, has a hidden placket and a spread collar.

But what do we have here? More Converse?! No!


10th Doctor Style – Conclusion

Overall, the 10th Doctor’s Style fits his character to a tee.

It is classic, but quirky enough to solidify his role as a Time Lord.

Moreover, a high priority is placed on functionality, which is good as its his job to continuously save us!