There’s probably no bigger symbol of Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor than his signature bowtie and Eleven’s accompanied catchphrase of “Bowties are cool.” For years, the it became a nerdy badge of pride to sport a fez and a bowtie (and a sonic screwdriver of course) at comic conventions. But most fans won’t know that the classic bowtie wasn’t originally planned for the Doctor at all.
At this year’s Los Angeles Comic Con, Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor himself, told a bustling Main Stage audience about the backstory for his classic “Bowties are cool” moment. Apparently, it all started at his costume fitting for the Doctor. At this point in the costume fitting, Smith had on the tweed, he had on the jeans, but he still felt like something important was missing. So... he asked if he could see some bowties. According to Smith, “Stephen Moffat went ‘Oh no’,” and Smith responded with the fairly capable argument, “Bowties are cool.”
Moffat, being the sort of writer to know an iconic line when he hears one, wrote the phrase into the show, making Doctor Who history, and bringing bowties back in style.
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