David’s Colorful Converse Collection
Question: Did you get to decide what you wore <on Doctor Who>
David: It was certainly kind of based on ideas that I’d had, yeah. I was very keen to have some soft shoes. I thought I’m in them for 9 months, I’ve got to do a lot of running up and down corridors, I don’t want a big pair of clumpy boots.
— Totally Doctor Who
He’d been wearing his favorite plimsolls all summer and suggested he wear those instead. Louise’s only reservation about them was what would happen when it came to December and it was cold and snowing on location? His feet would freeze and he’d regret his decision then. David promised her he wouldn’t. “We did use his own shoes for The Christmas Invasion and then I bought another five identical pairs. I’ve got about nine now, but we used his own initially because they were already very broken down, very distressed, ripped and torn. David liked the idea that the Doctor’s shoes were worn in. He didn’t want him being this neat, perfect character.”
— Louise Page in Doctor Who - The Inside Story