10th Doctor blue suit analysis, part 9 - "faux-flap pockets"

Tenth Doctor Blue Suit Analysis


Part 9 - "Faux-flap Pockets"

The lower "faux-flap pockets" on the 10th Doctor's blue suit were unusual in their construction. 

We call them "faux-flap" pockets because the pocket flaps were not typical flaps, which are sewn onto the jacket body at the top and lift to provide access to the actual pocket opening underneath, sometimes even with hook-and-loop tape ("Velcro") or snaps sewn to the underside of the pocket flap and jacket body to provide additional closing security. 

In other words, the pocket flap is typically attached to the garment above the pocket opening to protect it. 

However, on the 10th Doctor's suit, the lower pockets had flaps which were open at the top so one could reach directly into the pocket without having to raise the flap out of the way; the flap itself could raise and lower, but it was for aesthetic purposes only and actually "grew out" of the pocket opening itself, like an oversize welt. 

Note that the pocket flap's upper edge was not attached to the jacket body:

10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 4 publicity photo
10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 4 publicity photo


In the season 4 publicity photo below, you can actually see the tip of Tennant's finger inserted into the pocket opening at the top of the "flap":

10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 4 publicity photo


And in this publicity photo, you can see his hand actually inside the pocket, behind the flap!
10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Publicity photo


The actual pocket opening appeared to be approximately ¾" beneath the top of the flap; note the slight impression of the pocket opening on the flap itself.

Also note in the magnified image below that the flap's fold line in relation to the actual pocket opening is clearly visible.

10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 4 publicity photo


You can also observe the pocket opening in relation to the "flap" fold line in this publicity photo:

10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 3 publicity photo


The upper edge of the flap was horizontally flush with the jacket's lowermost front button at the center front.

10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 4 publicity photo


Although the pocket (and pocket flap) spanned both the center front and side body panels, the pinstripes on the pocket flap aligned nicely with those of the jacket body.

10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
3x1 "Smith and Jones"
10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 3 publicity photo


As best we could tell, the front edge of the pocket flap was always on a pinstripe.

10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 4 publicity photo
10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 4 publicity photo
10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 4 publicity photo


The side/outer edge of the pocket flap, however, was at least sometimes between pinstripes for some reason.

10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 3 publicity photo


(Again note that the pocket extended slightly past the jacket front and onto the side panel.)

10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 3 publicity photo


The pocket flaps appear to have been approximately 12 ½ pinstripes wide.

10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 3 publicity photo


One final peculiarity about the "faux-pocket" flaps was the lower corners often seemed to want to curl upward.

10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 4 publicity photo
10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 3 publicity photo
10th Doctor blue suit "faux-flap" pockets
Season 4 publicity photo


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