Wednesday 27 October 2010

The Mystery Of The Fourth Tie

Back in Feburary 2010, when the Bonhams Doctor Who Costume Auction took place, there was a great little lot consisting of four ties ‘worn by David Tennant’.
The episodes listed in the catalogue were New Earth (tie second from left); Age of Steel (incorrect); and Impossible Planet (again, incorrect).

The ties correct attribution were: (left to right) Utopia, New Earth, The Idiot’s Lantern, . . .  and a fourth tie.

I say, ‘fourth’ tie because it does not, to my knowledge, appear in any broadcast episode.
If it does, it is not worn by David Tennant.
There is a possibility it was either worn by another cast member, and wrongly labelled in the auction, or it was bought as part of the costume department’s shopping spree, but never used.

At the auction viewing I was able to take some detailed pictures of the ties, and you can see the ‘fourth’ tie, by Rocha. John Rocha above, flanked by The Idiot’s Lantern (thomas nash) and Utopia (St George by Duffer) ties (see above, centre).

Well, this week, after a tip-off (thanks buddy!) I bought exactly this same Rocha. John Rocha tie from an eBay seller.
Rocha. John Rocha From Debenhams
The tie is woven silk, and has a very crumpled effect to it.

It is quite a dark tie, and not as brown as the others that form part of The Doctor’s wardrobe. Its stripes are also quite close in spacing to the suit’s, so tend to blend in a bit too much.

It has me wondering if it for this reason that it wasn’t used.

If you are watching a Doctor Who episode and spot this tie, do drop me a line -
it would be cool to properly identify where it was used and solve
The Mystery Of The Fourth Tie!

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  1. Thats a great excuse to watch more Doctor Who!

  2. I have to say that although I haven't followed this blog for too long, you have made finding the pieces to the Doctor's Outfit into quite an adventure. Best of luck finding the episode.

  3. I found it! It first appears in The Next Doctor, the last Tennent chirstmas episode. I haven't watched the rest of the special episodes, so I don't know if it persists throughout.

  4. @aiden bram - I have looked through the episode, but Tennant wears Tie Eleven for the whole story. Tell me where you have spotted it specifically.

    @jordan pomazon - Thanks for your comments - let me know if you spot it

    @primrodo - like you NEED an excuse!

  5. I have a couple of the Rocha ties also from ebay, I've been looking for it for a couple months and have yet to find it in the show. I'll let you know if I do.