Doctor Who fandom erupted in anger this week – not due to Russell T Davies’ cheeky 507 but due to the shocking revelation that the Eighth Doctor is to get a new outfit.
That’s right – unveiled at the Armageddon Pop Culture Expo in Auckland, New Zealand over the weekend, the new look for the Paul McGann’s Doctor features a short leather jacket, satchel and a nice new WETA-built sonic screwdriver that at the very least echoes the Jules Verne nature of the Eighth Doctor’s TARDIS.
Clearly this is a reaction to the ongoing adventures of the Eighth Doctor on Big Finish having long ago run out of images of the actor from 1996 suitable for use on the covers of their range of CDs, so from this point of view, the move is understandable.
To be honest, our reaction to this news here at K has ranged from “My God, WHHYYYY???!” to “meh” – so we can see all sides of this.
Although there is a Ninth Doctor vibe about the jacket, and it certainly ties in with the Eighth Doctor’s final Doctor Who magazine appearance, it does look more like an unused Marwood outfit from Withnail & I… rather than anything the Doctor might wear, though, doesn’t it?
(Via GallifreyNewsBase and a very angry Brian A. Terranova)
- New Eighth Doctor costume revealed (gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com)
- Doctor Who More About the New Eighth Doctor Costume (lifetheuniverseandcombom.blogspot.com)
- Paul McGann Reveals New Costume For Eighth Incarnation Of DOCTOR WHO (geektyrant.com)