Aaaaaahhhh no okay sorry I need to reblog it again because I am having Thoughts and Feelings
I mean Time Lords as a whole are awful at the concept of disguise I mean their major spy organisation has a distinctive black-and-white uniform which they never take off for crying out loud
But what we have when conversations like this happen is an unfortunate convergence of two Gallifreyan cultural things coming into play at the same time
#1 is Things Should Be Labelled As What They Are (aka Everyone Is In Uniform At All Times)*
*Romana somehow avoided this. Go you, Romana! You are the only one!
and #2 is Gallifreyans Are Prosopagnosic And Recognise One Another By Telepathy
And like yes if your entire species is faceblind and its primary sense is telepathy (and on the whole its members have a much lower sense of individuality than humans do because of the hivemind) of course the emphasis on clothing is going to be different
Humans use clothing to protect and cover up, yeah, but we also use it to show off and to express ourselves and neither of those things is nearly as important to a hiveminded species with vision as a secondary sense as it is to us
Gallifreyans use clothing as a label because Things Should Be Labelled As What They Are
Is it orange with a single V-stripe and double sleeves and a reasonably heavy weight of fabric well then clearly you are a Prydonian Time Lord
And yes the renegades do this too the lack of a uniform is the Renegade Uniform I would refer you to the fact that the Master is always in black and the Doctor picks a single theme per regeneration and sticks with it unless major trauma happens (looking at you, Eight)
Things Should Be Labelled As What They Are and so when the Doctor picks a new wardrobe at the start of a regeneration all they are really doing is re-applying the Renegade label hello yes I am a renegade this is my new renegade uniform
(It must have taken poor Twelve quite some time to come up with the cunning plan of wearing a different uniform I mean that is some hardcore breakage of Gallifreyan brainwashing there)
So for Gallifreyan Norm #1 we have ‘Nobody ever wears clothing that doesn’t indicate their function in society therefore nobody will ever suspect I am a renegade if I am wearing a Shobogan’s uniform, not even Clara’
And then for #2 there’s this unfortunate thing that Gallifreyans don’t see faces and like yes I’m sure the Doctor is aware that humans do recognise one another by sight (they go through this every time they regenerate after all) and they know their face hasn’t changed since Clara last saw them
What does ‘sight’ mean
Well clearly since everyone is always wearing a uniform it means face + uniform
This face + that coat = Sixth Doctor whereas this face + guard uniform = Commander Maxil
Oh sure my face is the same but Clara won’t recognise me as me because I am not wearing my renegade uniform she’ll just think I’m a Shobogan with a very similar face that’s how humans work right?
No it isn’t
But nice try
I’m mildly prosopagnosic so I totally get this. I forget which Second Doctor novel had the Doctor looking for his companions, wondering why they made it hard by wearing different things all the time.
There’s also the fact that they don’t even recognise THEMSELVES. Six didn’t know who he was in his second form when he was watching an image of the Second Doctor being tortured in Dastari’s machine…but he EXTRAPOLATED he was looking at his old self!
And you know, off and on, humans SOMEWHERE and SOMETIME on the Earth will totally judge you by your looks. In the Victorian times, posing as a janitor would make total sense if you wanted to be invisible. It must be frustrating to be the Doctor sometimes! Like a parent trying to keep up with all the fads when you have teenagers running about!
Note that No one, note even the other Time Lords, NOT EVEN BORUSA makes a comment about what the Doctor is wearing. EVER. That leads us to wonder…is even noticing someone is ‘out of true’ on their clothing a mark of the highest rudeness? The Master and the Doctor make quips on occasion about their faces…but their dress sense…eh…no. It doesn’t seem to be DONE.