10th Doctor blue suit analysis, part 14 - sleeves

Tenth Doctor Blue Suit Analysis


Part 14 - Sleeves

The sleeves themselves were two-piece sleeves (upper and lower), as typically seen on men's suit jackets - note the seam lines in the sleeves:
10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
4x0 "Voyage of the Damned"
10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
3x4 "Daleks in Manhattan"


Although the sleeves were cut so that they leaned slightly forward from the elbow down (as is common practice with men's suit jackets), the actual drape of the sleeves was such that the pinstripes hung vertically from the armscye.

10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
5x03 "The Waters of Mars"


The set-in sleeve cap naturally had some ease, and the upper armscye was, ideally, perfectly smooth (or perhaps had just the faintest impression of ease).

10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
4x9 "Forest of the Dead"
10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
4x13 "Journey's End"


However, the sleeve cap ease often reared its angry head during shooting (to varying degrees of severity):

10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
3x1 "Smith and Jones"
10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
3x7 "42"
10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
3x7 "42"
10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
4x0 "Voyage of the Damned"
10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
4x8 "Silence in the Library"
10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
4x8 "Silence in the Library"
10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
4x8 "Silence in the Library"
10th Doctor blue suit sleeves
5x03 "The Waters of Mars"


As you can see, the blue suits' sleeve caps generally fared better than the brown ones, but the extensive production use nevertheless took its toll.

The wrinkled upper armscye/sleeve cap was probably due in no small part to the suit jacket being made of a thin cotton shirting-esque fabric rather than wool or a material intended for suiting. 

The effect, while undesirable from a traditional tailoring perspective, was perhaps somewhat less objectionable from a Doctor Who perspective, as Tennant's Doctor often had more of a crumply, wrinkled look rather than stuffy, prim, and proper; some wrinkles here and there on his suit were arguably in keeping with his character. 

That said, I doubt the wrinkled armscye was an intentional creative design/stylistic decision, but probably more of a result of the suits being subjected to strenuous production demands and numerous cleanings. 


"Wear and tear" such as this was probably a major factor regarding the steady stream of new costumes throughout Tennant's era: brown suits at the beginning of season two, blue suits at the beginning season three, new brown suits at the beginning of season four, new blue suits midway through season four, and then more new blue suits at the end of season four and the subsequent specials.



The sleeves were closed, not vented, and decorated with three small (we estimate ½") navy blue four-hole buttons close to the back seam line. 

Like the larger buttons on the front of the jacket, these buttons were not solid blue, but more of a swirl of several blues:

10th Doctor blue suit sleeve buttons
3x5 "Evolution of the Daleks"
10th Doctor blue suit sleeve buttons
4x5 "The Poison Sky"
10th Doctor blue suit sleeve buttons
4x5 "The Poison Sky"


Naturally, as you can see above, the suit jacket's sleeve bottoms were blind-hemmed.


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