Day 36 of 50th Anniversary Countdown – The First Doctor’s Accessories

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Yesterday the Doctor Who Mind Robber looked at the Second Doctor’s peculiar penchant for hats.  Today we examine the First Doctor’s accessories.  By accessories we refer to anything worn or used by the Doctor to compliment his clothing or to assist in his business  as a time-travelling hero.  The First Doctor is perhaps best known for his blue signet ring, pictured above. Together with being decorative the ring also had special powers. Amongst other things it controlled a Zarbi and opened the main doors of the TARDIS in The Web Planet; unjammed the TARDIS’s locking mechanism in The Daleks’ Master Plan; and hypnotised Dodo in The War Machines. In the days prior to the sonic screwdriver, which was introduced in the Second Doctor’s tenure, the First Doctor’s signet ring worked magic.

1. An Unearthly Child

The First Doctor first appeared in eccentric garb with a cape, long scarf and fez type hat

The First Doctor first appeared in eccentric garb with a cape, long scarf and fez type hat

The Doctor's cape is seen more clearly here in the first episode of An Unearthly Child.  This scene has been recreated for An Adventure in Space and Time

The Doctor’s cape is seen more clearly here in the first episode of An Unearthly Child. This scene has been recreated for An Adventure in Space and Time

The recreated scene in An Adventure in Space and Time

The recreated scene in An Adventure in Space and Time

For the first and only time  the Doctor is seen to smoke in An Unearthly Child.  Patrick Troughton was seen smoking a cigar in The Enemy of the World but was playing the Doctor's evil double, Salamadar, at the time.

For the first and only time in Doctor Who’s history that the Doctor is seen to smoke is in An Unearthly Child. Patrick Troughton was seen smoking a cigar in The Enemy of the World but was playing the Doctor’s evil double, Salamader, at the time.

2. The Edge of Destruction

In The Edge of Destruction the Doctor wore a bandage which changed colour as the wound healed

In The Edge of Destruction the Doctor wore a bandage which changed colour as the wound healed

3. The Aztecs

The Doctor carried a cane on many occasions.  He is pictured here with his love interest from The Aztecs, Cameca

The Doctor carried a cane on many occasions. He is pictured here with his love interest from The Aztecs, Cameca

4. The Reign of Terror

In The Reign of Terror the Doctor masqueraded as District Commissioner, resplendent in a large and colourful feathered hat

In The Reign of Terror the Doctor masqueraded as District Commissioner, resplendent in a large and colourful feathered hat

5. Planet of Giants

The Doctor wore a decorative gold chain with his cape in Planet of Giants

The Doctor wore a decorative gold chain with his cape in Planet of Giants

6. The Romans

The Doctor carried, and pretended to play a lyre as he masqueraded as Maximus Pettulian

The Doctor carried and pretended to play a lyre as he masqueraded as Maximus Pettulian in The Romans

7. The Web Planet

The Zarbi used these unusual collars to control the Doctor and Vicki in The Web Planet

The Zarbi used these unusual collars to control the Doctor and Vicki in The Web Planet. The Doctor later referred to them as necklaces

8. The Space Museum

In The Space Museum the Doctor used the top opening of a Dalek casing almost like a hat

In The Space Museum the Doctor used the top opening of a Dalek casing almost like a hat

9. The Time Meddler

The Doctor tells Vicki and Steven that the item he is holding is not a "space helmet for a cow" in The Time Meddler

The Doctor tells Vicki and Steven that the item he is holding is not a “space helmet for a cow” in The Time Meddler

10. The Daleks’ Master Plan

The Doctor wore a stylish panama hat in The Daleks' Master Plan

The Doctor wore a stylish panama hat in The Daleks’ Master Plan

A side view of the hat as the Doctor chats with Steven and the short lived companion Sara Kingdom

A side view of the hat as the Doctor chats with Steven and the short lived companion Sara Kingdom

11. The Massacre

In The Massacre the Doctor wore a tall hat, not altogether dissimilar to that which the Second Doctor would become known for

In The Massacre the Doctor wore a tall hat, not altogether dissimilar to that which the Second Doctor would become known for.  The Doctor is also seen to wear a decorative gold chain on his cape and a cane

12. The Gunfighters

The Doctor wore a western style black hat in The Gunfighters

The Doctor wore a western style black hat in The Gunfighters

13. The Savages

The Doctor carried a Reacting Vibrator in The Savages

The Doctor carried a Reacting Vibrator in The Savages

14. The War Machines

The Doctor wore a black fez in The War Machines

The Doctor wore a black fez in The War Machines

Vivien Fleming

8 responses »

  1. And, last but not least, the Atmospheric Density Jackets from “The Web Planet”, with their funky little metallic external-lung attachments! With zero plot function, and discarded so quickly, perhaps the most useless accessory ever…

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