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A Hat-Based Guide To "Doctor Who"

1,000-plus years of everyone's favorite hat-donning time lord.

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The First Doctor was distant and often criticized his companions' "human brains."

"I can't decide whether you're a rogue, a halfwit or both!"
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"I can't decide whether you're a rogue, a halfwit or both!"

His Astrakhan solidified his foreignness.

"Nonsense!"
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"Nonsense!"

Although he wasn’t adverse to other headgear, including cowboy hats.

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He sported the occasional perky plumage.

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But like the flexible wool of his Astrakhan, he warmed up to his human friends...

"Oh yes, yes, yes, yes!"
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"Oh yes, yes, yes, yes!"

...and found a way to leave the world a better place.

"I suggest we take a last look round and we'll get you off to bed."
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"I suggest we take a last look round and we'll get you off to bed."

The Second Doctor is often referred to as the "Cosmic Hobo."

"Just one small question: Why do you want to blow up the world?"
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"Just one small question: Why do you want to blow up the world?"

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He was a master of disguise.

"When I say run, run...RUN!"
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"When I say run, run...RUN!"

The Second Doctor often adopted random hats on his adventures.

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"Oh, my giddy aunt!"

Jamie: "What's a passport?"Doctor: "Some sort of official mambo jambo."
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Jamie: "What's a passport?"

Doctor: "Some sort of official mambo jambo."

"I would like a hat like that."
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"I would like a hat like that."

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But the stovepipe hat was his signature.

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The tall, comic look often misled his enemies.

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But it also had a domineering effect.

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The Second Doctor was resourceful and cunning.

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He often used his bumbling attitude to stay two steps ahead of his enemies.

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He was an eccentric miscreant, but a lovable one.

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The Third Doctor wore no hat.

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Often serious and paternal, the Third Doctor did not waste his time with headwear.

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The Fourth Doctor’s wide brimmed hat was commanding but familiar.

"Hello-o-o-o"
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"Hello-o-o-o"

His love extended beyond him and he grew close with his companions

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"Would you like a jelly baby? "

He didn’t discriminate and established a meaningful connection regardless of species.

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"Shut up, K-9!"

He was eccentric and unpredictable.

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The Fourth Doctor developed a stronger bond with the human race than any previous Doctor.

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The Fifth Doctor wore a Panama hat and was the youngest Doctor so far.

"An apple a day keeps the... Ah, never mind."
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"An apple a day keeps the... Ah, never mind."

His panama hat had a strong foundation, but often wavered or bent completely.

"You know how it is; you put things off for a day and next thing you know, it's a hundred years later."
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"You know how it is; you put things off for a day and next thing you know, it's a hundred years later."

He was strong and morally heroic, but often took a backseat in plans.

"It's times like this I wish I still had my scarf."
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"It's times like this I wish I still had my scarf."

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The Fifth Doctor was compassionate and often let problems solve themselves.

"Sorry, must dash!"
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"Sorry, must dash!"

The Sixth Doctor didn’t wear a hat and was dangerously sharp. A hat, like nearly everything else, was below him and he wasn’t afraid to say it.

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Yeah, something witty like that

Although he was the most confident Doctor, he wasn't popular with his hat-wearing former selves.

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The Seventh Doctor wore a Panama-style hat with a paisley hatband.

Along with other questionable pieces of attire.
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Along with other questionable pieces of attire.

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Like the Second Doctor, his hat’s appearance was at first glance silly and eccentric.

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He knowingly "stumbled" into his solutions and often led his enemies to underestimate him.

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He withheld information constantly, later revealing the manipulative gangster panama hat within.

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The Eighth Doctor never wore hats.

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Perhaps because he often suffered from fits of amnesia and forgot where he left it.

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"Who am I? Who... Am... I?!"

"I know who I am, I... Am... The Doctor!"

Or perhaps because he had a tendency to break the rules.

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Girl say WHAT?!

The Ninth Doctor also stayed away from hats, probably thinking them as a waste of time.

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"Fantastic!"

The Tenth Doctor only occasionally wore hats, but never looked comfortable in them...

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...likely because it imprisoned his fabulous hair.

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Rose Tyler: "There was a man in a suit. Tall, thin man. Great hair. Some...really great hair."

The Eleventh Doctor saw a glorious return to hats.

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Cowboy makes a comeback!

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Though generally hatless, he often used them to hide in time.

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The Eleventh Doctor was eccentric and outgoing, yet struggled with his destiny and took long breaks from companions and adventures.

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He always seemed happiest when in a fez.

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In just a single hat, he could be cripplingly silly...

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...or mysterious, dark and severe.

He was always lovable.

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Always ready to lend a helping hand.

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He rolled with the punches.

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"Rory, take Hitler and put him in that cupboard over there. Now. Do it."

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And always managed to save the universe.

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On Christmas day he took his last adventure.

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And though we hated to see him go, we're grateful for the time we had together.

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