The Tennant Ties Index

For the Doctor Who cosplay community, the Tenth Doctor endures as a favorite, and for the discerning Tenth Doctor cosplayer, few pieces have created as much buzz, pride, and heartbreak as having (or not having) the proper tie to top off the look.

David Tennant wore 15 different ties in his time as the Doctor – Twelve in his original tenure as the Tenth Doctor, another in his Tenth Doctor return in the 50th Anniversary special, and one as the Fourteenth Doctor, plus two bow ties also worn during his Tenth Doctor tenure. Each Tenth Doctor tie was purchased off-the-rack by costumer Louise Page, with the notable exceptions being the Lanvin tie worn for Tennant’s debut in The Christmas Invasion (Tie 1), which was a vintage tie already sitting in the BBC costume shop used due to time constraints, and the production-supplied paisley tie used in Human Nature/Family of Blood (Tie 15). d11-9m-034cropHis main Tenth Doctor bow tie, a black one worn with his tuxedos, was also likely off-the-rack, but the brown spotted one worn as human alter ego John Smith in Human Nature/The Family of Blood (right) appears to have not had any kind of label inside and can therefore be presumed to have been custom-made by Angels Costumes, who supplied the outfit. Each proper necktie being off-the-rack (unlike Matt Smith’s many BBC-made bow ties) means that originals exist scattered around the world, which has lead many cosplayers (myself included) to the hubristic task of tracking down and collecting them all (a task, I must note, that nobody has ever achieved). Some still (very) occasionally show up on eBay and other such websites, but when they do they can often fetch a steep price.

Another tie, chronicled here for the sake of thoroughness, was purchased by Louise Page but was never used – and more recently added here is the knit tie used by Tennant in the 60th Anniversary specials. This knit tie was also presumably purchased off-the-rack by current costume designer Pam Downe and was, at one point, also available retail. Hunt at your own risk.

Tailor/costumer (and cosplayer) Steve Ricks once sat down with Louise Page and interviewed her discussing each tie in depth – that series of videos can be found here on his blog for those curious.

If you are looking for replicas, the best route is through Magnoli Clothiers or Time and Space Replicas – between them nearly all of these ties have been reproduced to a high degree of accuracy, and the remaining designs are in the works.



Tie 1: Lanvin Paris

tie1cropVintage floral tie from the BBC costume department, likely from the 70’s or 80’s. Entirely brown/black with bold jacquard floral motifs. The label and design was finally confirmed in 2019 after one was tracked down in Ukraine. Tie information and detailed images courtesy of Rob Purslow.

Worn only in The Christmas Invasion.




Tie 2: Daniel Hechter

A brown geometric tie with blue accents, a popular brown suit tie. Due to its use in the first promotional images of Tennant as The Doctor, most toys and figurines use this tie as their reference.

Worn in: New Earth, Rise of the Cybermen, The Age of Steel, Doomsday, The Runaway Bride, Partners in Crime, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Midnight, and The End of Time


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Tie 3: Yves Saint Laurent

A subtle brown/bronze geometric/spotted tie. High resolution photos are scarce as no collector has managed to find this tie (as far as is known within the community) – high res image courtesy of Steve Ricks.

Worn only in School Reunion.


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Tie 4: Christian LaCroix

A brown tie with an abstract blue “swirly” pattern, with the LaCroix logo subtly added to the end of the tie. A favorite of Louise Page and Tennant’s, production only had 1 of these ties, so it was used prominently but infrequently to ensure its safety.

Worn in The Girl in the Fireplace, Love and Monsters, Blink, and The End of Time.

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Tie 5: Thomas Nash

A brown tie with a gold and blue geometric circle motif.

Worn only in The Idiot’s Lantern.



tie6cropTie 6: Unkown

The only Doctor tie whose manufacturer is currently unknown, a blue satin tie with brown spots. Any information on this tie would be greatly appreciated as it is the only remaining true mystery.

Worn in The Impossible Planet, The Satan Pit, seen briefly in Human Nature.



d11-9b-180cropTie 7: Giorgio Armani

The most commonly-used brown suit tie, a brown/blue weave with spots of brown ovals inset with blue squares. A favorite of both Tennant and Page.

Worn in Love and Monsters, Army of Ghosts, Doomsday, Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare Code, Gridlock, Family of Blood, Fires of Pompeii, Turn Left, The Stolen Earth, Journey’s End, and Planet of the Dead.


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Tie 8: Nina Ricci

The first blue suit tie to appear, it features a burgundy and gold herringbone with a blue woodcut floral pattern overlaid.

Worn in Smith and Jones, The Sontaran Stratagem, and The Poison Sky.


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Tie 9ecropTie 9: Kenzo

The most commonly-used blue suit tie, a very dark navy blue/burgundy background with a burgundy floral motif overlaid.

Worn in Daleks in ManhattanEvolution of the DaleksThe Lazarus Experiment, The Last of the Time Lords, Time Crash, Voyage of The Damned, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Silence in the Library, Forest of the Dead, and The Waters of Mars.



d11-9p-c222cropTie 10: St. George by Duffer

A brown striped background with a diagonal floral outline running through.

Worn only in the three-part Series 3 finale Utopia, The Sound of Drums, and The Last of the Time Lords.

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d11-10f-034cropTie 11: Massimo Dutti

A brown tie with light and dark blue stripes, this tie is another tie that no collector has been able to turn up.

Worn only in Partners in Crime and The Next Doctor.

(Fun fact, when David Tennant left Doctor Who, he was allowed to take a full costume home as a memento. This is the tie he currently has in his personal possession, which he would wear again to promote a virtual appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2020.)


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IMG_4994cropTie 12: Massimo Dutti

A shiny burgundy tie with blue stripes. It also made an appearance at a special in-costume hospital visit Tennant made in the mid-2000’s (right).

Worn in The Doctor’s Daughter and briefly seen in The Poison Sky.


635848906319398107852094990_10859197485_47df60537a_ocropDoctor Who – 50th Anniversary Special - The Day of the DoctorTie 13: St. George by Duffer

An addendum to the collection, this brown tie with blue flowers and bronze stems was purchased for the 50th Anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.


bonhamsauctionrochaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATie 14: Rocha John Rocha

The real fun find for the collector, this tie was purchased by Louise Page for use on the show but was never used. It was auctioned at Bonham’s in 2010 in a lot of 3 screen used ties and because of this has become the apocryphal Tennant tie.



Tie 15: 1980’s Morris Angel & Sons, Ltd.

This tie was worn by David, but not as the Doctor. For the two-parter Family of Blood/Human Nature, the Doctor makes himself temporarily human and sports this greyish brown “paisley-style” tie, supposedly made in-house by Angels Costumes. It was auctioned at Bonhams in 2011. Due to its being made by a costume house and not a manufacturer, and its use on a non-Doctor costume, it is here listed as Tie 15, behind the apocryphal Rocha tie.


Tie 16: Hawes & Curtis

For his (still upcoming) appearance in the 60th Anniversary specials, and for his reveal at the end of The Power of the Doctor, David wears a 2.5″ wide knitted Hawes & Curtis 1913 Silver Tie in a silver and gray heathered silk. Only one (to my knowledge) has been located by a collector, despite its relatively recent manufacture, though this option from SuitedMan is a close substitute. Many thanks to Joe Plumb for generously sharing reference images and information about this tie.


About Alex

Alex is an American singer, actor, writer, tailor. He likes to cosplay between contracts in his Big Boy Job as a cruise line entertainer, traveling the world while singing.
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