It’s finally here — Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat’s final season leading the British sci-fi phenomenon Doctor Who. Capaldi, a lifelong Doctor Who fan long before he was cast as the iconic Time Lord, took a few episodes to find his footing, but by the time last season’s penultimate episode “Heaven Sent” aired, there was no doubt this man was born to play The Doctor. A breathtaking showcase of The Doctor’s fury, grief, and intelligence, Capaldi’s performance struck a balance between manic and heartbreaking, a feat only this trained thespian and hardcore Whovian could bring to the role.
When we last left The Doctor so many moons ago, his spirited companion/BFF Clara (Jenna Coleman) was one heartbeat away from the end of her life and had to wipe The Doctor’s memory of all of their adventures to save him from death and, as always, himself. Clara then decided to travel through time and space a few more times with an immortal named Me (Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones) before heading back to Gallifrey to face her fate.
So where does that leave our beloved Doctor? Ready for new adventures with a companion named Bill (newcomer Pearl Mackie). At the BBC America panel at New York Comic Con last year, the Who crew said season 10 would be a reboot of the series. With a new companion, The Doctor and the series itself would be seen through fresh eyes, welcoming the unindoctrinated while satisfying dedicated fans. As with every new season, viewers can expect to see new planets, crazy aliens, and fantastic interpretations of the future, but it’s a safe bet that a certain archnemesis will return to try and exterminate The Doctor and Bill at some point. Let’s take a look at all our favorite tattoos of the many iterations of the two-hearted spaceman and his longtime foe.
As far as I’m concerned, the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors were the most stylish and quotable ones of the series. The tributes to these Doctors showcasing their style and catchphrases are simple yet clever.
The Doctor and his companion can’t go anywhere without his trusty police box spaceship, and I must say, TARDIS blue makes for bold tattoos that really pop.
And no season of Doctor Who is complete without at least one Dalek, the longtime adversary of our dear Time Lord. I think Daleks looks like confused art deco salt-and-pepper shakers with too many buttons, but the details in these Dalek tattoos are exquisite.
It’s bittersweet knowing these will be the last monsters for the kooky rebel punk Twelfth Doctor. At the same time, I’m excited to see what new showrunner Chris Chibnall (creator of Broadchurch) and the new Doctor brings in 2018. In the meantime, I’ll just tune into BBC every Saturday the next 10 weeks for Capaldi’s last hurrah. I can only hope a Whovian honors 12 with a dope tattoo.