Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

article imageBoots by another name: BBC’s error over Capaldi’s Dr Who costume

By Mathew Wace Peck     Feb 5, 2014 in Entertainment
A correction has been made to the original description given of the costume to be worn by Peter Capaldi, in his role as the Doctor, in the 50-year-old science-fiction series, “Doctor Who.”
Capaldi’s costume was revealed last week, as filming of his first episode continued in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff.
The official photograph — which showed Capaldi dressed in the outfit he’ll become famous for in the coming years — was issued by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). As previously reported, his attire includes a red-lined navy-blue three-quarter-length Crombie coat, a blue waistcoat, blue trousers and white cotton shirt with a fastened-down collar.
Reports based on the original statement issued by the BBC said that the new outfit had been created by Doctor Who ’s costume designer, Howard Burden, in conjunction with Capaldi, and that his shoes were “stockbroker-shine-black Dr Martens.”
The other boot's on the foot
However, another BBC — this time the British Boot Company — has since pointed out that the boots are not Dr Martens but, in fact, made by Loake, a Kettering-based footwear firm with a warrant of appointment to HM the Queen.
The owner of the BBC (the boot one, that is) Nicholas Roumana (his name another happy coincidence with that of the Doctor’s Time Lord companion, Romana, no doubt), revealed the error on the part of the BBC (the TV one, that is) to the Daily Telegraph.
Roumana said, “Peter Capaldi came in [to the shop] a week or two before Christmas and said he was looking for a pair of smart dress boots. I suggested this one [the Loakes], because not only is it very smart, it’s exclusive to us and made in England. It’s a great boot. He bought it in size 10.”
The Attire of the Doctor: Peter Capaldi in costume as the Doctor
The Attire of the Doctor: Peter Capaldi in costume as the Doctor
BBC/Steve Brown
Following Roumana’s (not Romana’s) correction the Official Doctor Who Twitter account acknowledged the error. “The new boots worn by the Doctor are not Dr. Martens as our expert costume department believed they were,” the tweet read.
Since then, according to reports, a second pair has been bought by the BBC TV company from the BBC boot company, to be used by Capaldi’s Doctor Who stunt double.
Fans of Dr Martens boots need not necessarily fret, however, as the BBC — the maker’s of the TV series, not the sellers of the boots, that is — also tweeted that the Doctor “may wear them in the future.”
If you’re at all interest in this, the Daily Telegraph has compiled a complete deconstruction of the Doctor’s costume.
The Boots of the Doctor
Peter Capaldi won the coveted role of the Doctor last year, being announced live on television as Matt Smith's successor. Ahead of his first full year as the latest incarnation of the Doctor, the 55-year-old actor has already made two brief appearances as the Doctor in the TV series: in last November's Doctor Who 50th-anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, and in Smith's swansong adventure, the 2013 Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor.
Doctor Who, which is currently being filmed by movie director Ben Wheatley (A Field in England), is expected to return to television screens sometime in the latter part of 2014; although, there has also been speculation of a one-off Easter special.
More about Doctor Who, Peter capaldi, loakes, Dr Martens, Nicholas Roumana
Entertainment Video
Latest News
Top News