Concern over 'Dr Who' jacket switch

Monday May 23, 2011

Doctor Who programme makers have angered the producers of Harris Tweed after they swapped the Timelord's distinctive jacket for a replica.

Makers of the cloth were thrilled when the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, opted for a vintage 1960s jacket for his adventures in time and space.

He wore the Hebridean handwoven material throughout his first series playing the Doctor.

But when the latest episodes were aired, the Harris tweed jacket had vanished in the place of a part-acrylic version.

The BBC said they needed to change the costume because the original jacket wasn't warm enough.

But makers reacted angrily, branding the new jacket "cheap and tacky".

Lydia Walton, a spokesman for Harris Tweed Scotland said: "Harris Tweed is so special as it is woven by hand on the Western Isles and every 50 metres is stamped by the Harris Tweed authority. It is steeped in romance and history."

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