“It’s a man bag. I wear a man bag now. Man bags are cool.”

24th October 2010 • Blog Post by Seb Patrick •

Well, isn’t this odd. Matt Smith isn’t the only one getting a new coat this year – apparently the Eighth Doctor has a brand new costume. He’s got a big shiny naval jacket with brass buttons, and – er – a bag. Oh, and a new sonic screwdriver that’s sort of a bit like the Eleventh’s, but with more wood involved. Lookiesee:

There are two ways of looking at this, really. The first is that they’re finally tired of using all the fourteen-year-old publicity pictures of McGann for the Big Finish covers, and wanted to take some fresh ones to more accurately reflect how he looks now – and at the same time, he decided that he didn’t want to wear (or couldn’t fit into) the old costume, and if they were changing it anyway, they might as well take the chance to be a bit more drastic with it.

The second is that they’re finally tired of using all the fourteen-year-old publicity pictures of McGann for the Big Finish covers, and wanted to take some fresh ones to more accurately reflect how he looks now – and at the same time, he decided that he didn’t want to wear (or couldn’t fit into) the old costume, and if they were changing it anyway, they might as well take the chance to be a bit more drastic with it and also the Eighth Doctor is going to appear in New Who in a new costume at some point.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide which you think is more likely.

Seb Patrick once met Paul McGann, who immediately pretended to be Mark McGann. He writes for Den of Geek, BBC America, Film4 and the official Red Dwarf website, among others. He owns over thirty toy Daleks and wishes the Dapol factory tour was still open.

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