Like Peter Davison had back in season 21, it looked unchanged to the casual observer, but every single piece of his costume was different, with only the braces the same!
Gone were the distinctive Paul Smith PS shirts; the off-the-peg vintage Harris Tweed; was no more; and the unique All Saints Layer Boots were well and truly left at the door.
Their replacements, however, have been something of a double edged sword. Instead of highly distinctive - and thus identifiable - items from high street brands, we have either bespoke made such as the Shetland Tweed jacket; or such plain, bland items that almost any similar alternative would do, such as the plain blue shirt.
The new boots are no exception as they are suitably generic to be completely unattributable. Many fans have tried to find the boots, and have had reasonable success in finding alternatives that tick enough boxes to make them more than acceptable.
It was taken on the Utah location shoot, and clearly shows the line of fret-worked holes across the bridge of the boot, the full height of the ankle and the number of pairs of eyelet holes: 12.
There was, I think, a slight red-herring last October, when Matt was interviewed for ES Magazine. In the article it was revealed he was wearing a pair of Russell & Bromley boots, the same as those being worn by The Doctor (see below).
As soon as the piece was published a number of people searched for these fabled boots, but nothing was found.
In the absence of a known match, several suggestions have been made as to where the boots did come from, and some alternatives that could be worn as a second-best.
No claim is made to the screen-usage of any of these boots, but here is a list of recommendations.
Paul Smith - Cesar BootsAt £290 these are distinctly at the upper end of the market!
Good if you want to stick with the labels from Season Five.
Top Man - Vintage Look Boots
I know a lot of people liked these boots - I even bought a pair!They weren’t quite right, but had a lot going for them: at £70 they were a lot more affordable, and just before they went out of stock were cut to half-price.
They may not have the right number of eyelets, but they do have a good bridge across the toe.
If you have a link, let me know.
All Saints - Military BootsIf you want to be loyal to last year’s label, you could always get a pair of the All Saints Military Boots.
These are now out of stock, but I have seen a number of pairs freely available on eBay, so they are still obtainable.
Macy’s - Stacy Adams, Madison BootsAlthough it is highly doubtful the boots were purchased in the US, these boots on the Macy’s website are pretty darn good.
They have the perforated detail across the toe; 10 eyelets (though the top 4 are hooks); and if you wanted, come in a choice of 4 colours including a very dapper white.
They are just a bit too shiny for my liking, though the overall look is very good and gets a vote from me!