It’s been a few months, but I thought I’d post anther entry in my occasional series, Me And My Tennant Suit.
This time we have Dan Neumann, who I had spotted at Gallifrey One this year and kept meaning to say hello to, but he was either busy chatting or I was in a rush to get somewhere.
Anyway, I friended him on Facebook and asked him to contribute. He’s what he had to say.
Name Dan Neumann
Age 22 years old
Location San Diego, California
Favorite Doctor Tenth!
Maker of my suit Baron Boutique
Colour of suit Brown Suit
“After discovering Doctor Who a few years ago I was instantly obsessed with it, especially since David Tennant was my first Doctor”, he told me about his first encounter with the series. “A month or two after finishing the series I realized that I looked a fair amount like the tenth Doctor, and I had always been interested in cosplay but was too much of a perfectionist to go after something harder.” With that advantage in mind it seemed like a logical progression.
“I realized that replicating the tenth Doctor’s look was something that I would be able to do fairly easily, with the right suit - and so I found one!”
So how was the fit? “Though it took a couple of round of alterations on the coat and the pants, it currently fits great! One of the best fitting pieces of clothing I own.”
“Having owned the suit for a year now, I have worn it every chance I can get, which is not nearly enough! I wear it every year to conventions such as Gallifrey One and FanimeCon, as well as to the Renaissance Faire and always for Halloween. I’m also going to be wearing it this year to San Diego Comic-Con!”
I turned attention to Dan’s suit, and he told me what he liked about it. “I think my favorite part of the suit is probably the character that comes with it.” Expecting the pockets, or the fit – this was a surprise answer. “Though I do love the style of it and the fit is fantastic, the most fun part of the suit is getting to dress and act like the tenth Doctor!”
Aside from that it’s perfect!”
But Dan clearly enjoys wearing his suit at any opportunity. “I think what excites me most about wearing the suit is the excuse to get into the character of The Doctor.” The chance seems to throw him back to his younger years . . . “Aside from drama classes in middle school I have never really done any acting, but when I get into my Tennant Suit and spike up my hair I’m filled with this energy like I have two hearts beating in my chest. I also love the reactions I get from people - Doctor Who fans are some of the most awesome people you will ever meet.”
“In addition to this I have three different pairs of glasses - his brainy specs, which are a set of Ray-Ban tortise shell colored reading glasses I picked up online, the 3D glasses, which I just purchased from a random website online, and the drunk sunglasses, which I purchased from a sunglasses stall at one of my school's markets. I'll always try to put each set of the glasses on based on what I’m doing - for example, if I’m at a panel or watching something, I’ll put on my brainy specs, and if I’m walking around a dealer’s hall or artist’s hall I’ll throw on my 3D glasses. It should be obvious what I put on the drunk Doctor sunglasses for!”
“Lastly, I have a cheap stethoscope I purchased from a drug store (this one hasn’t seen much use yet), and the chameleon arch pocketwatch my girlfriend purchased for me somewhere online. There’s still a bunch of accessories I have yet to pick up, but I’m always looking for the chance to carry around more!”
dw_cosplay group and Steve’s Tennant Suit Blog, I decided that I could achieve the best bang for my buck by going with the Baron Boutique suit. Although I had to originally send it back to get retailored (I had never taken measurements before), it easily became one of my favorite purchases ever! Since then I have worn it to various conventions for over two years, and I’m still extremely happy with it.”
“It’s definitely been the case for me!” he told me. “In the past couple years since discovering Doctor Who I have taken a much greater interest in men’s fashion and dressing myself better. I now regularly visit websites dedicated to men’s fashion and always do thorough research before purchasing new clothes. The Doctor’s style definitely has inspired me in this regard!”
I’ll have to let Louise Page know her designs are shaping a new generation!