‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: new Eighth Doctor costume?

Reader Martin sent me an email over the weekend with the subject line:

8th Doctor’s new costume

Now, I know this makes absolutely no sense at all, but the first thing I thought was: Matt Smith’s getting a costume change already? I know Smith is the Eleventh Doctor, but I also know that there kinda sorta isn’t any reason for a past Doctor to get a new look.

The explanation, from Doctor Who News Page, doesn’t really help unbend my brain:

Paul McGann is currently in New Zealand, a guest at the Armageddon Pop Culture Expo (Auckland, New Zealand) this weekend. On Saturday he appeared on a panel and revealed what is to be the ‘new’ costume for the Eighth Doctor.

The costume consists of a double-breasted black Naval jacket, with gold buttons. Part of of the ensemble is a courier pouch bag. However, the shirt and trousers were actually McGann’s own and not part of the costume.

The most interesting thing about this is learning that Paul McGann is a big ol’ geek who likes to play dressup at conventions.

Martin, in his email, wrote:

This is one hell of a mind frak.

I’d like to think that this is part of something bigger but something tells me it’s just for his own personal use.

Very Ford Prefect.

I think it looks pretty steampunk, actually, a sense confirmed by the “new” sonic screwdriver for the Eighth Doctor:

More from Doctor Who News Page:

Also revealed is a new sonic screwdriver, courtesy of Weta Workshop, the wizards behind the effects on The Lord of the Rings.

What? Would Weta be involved is this were merely McGann larking around? No one at DWNP seems to know:

[T]he new costume – still a work in progress – is said to be used for future promotional purposes.

No other information in known at present, but it is believed to have the blessing of the BBC.


(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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