Sunday, January 12, 2014

TARDIS control rooms from Doctor Who on display...

The Doctor's T.A.R.D.I.S. truly is a magical creation, not only can it travel in time and space, but the iconic blue British Police telephone box just looks cool from the outside, and the inside. Here are a few different looks of the T.A.R.D.I.S. control room interior and exterior sets on display at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay, Wales.

Different incarnations of Doctor Who's T.A.R.D.I.S. inside and out
William Hartnell Doctor Who TARDIS MK1 control room
Doctor Who 11th, 10th and War Doctor TARDIS
80s TARDIS control room Doctor Who
Doctor Who revival TARDIS console
First up is the classic control console from the William Hartnell era in the 60's that started it all. This replica was recreated for the BBC docu-drama, 'An Adventure in Space and Time', and is based on the original design by Peter Brachaki from 1963 (with input from Barry Newbery).

William Hartnell era T.A.R.D.I.S. control room
Doctor Who TARDIS MK1 control room replica
Doctor Who TARDIS MK1 control room interior
William Hartnell Doctor Who TARDIS control room interior
This sci-fi studio set from the beginnings of the 50-year-old show became a design icon with its hexagonal central control with moving glass column and illuminated circular honeycomb-effect indents in the walls. This futuristic looking set was photographed on display at the Doctor Who exhibit on December 9, 2013.

Next up is the updated original control console used by the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors from 1983 to 1989. This design made its debut in The Five Doctors 20th anniversary special from 1983, the first complete console upgrade from the original.

80's T.A.R.D.I.S. control room from Doctor Who
Doctor Who 80s TARDIS control room
Doctor Who 5th 6th 7th TARDIS interior
Doctor Who 80s TARDIS control room
Doctor Who 80s TARDIS control room interior
Doctor Who 5th 6th 7th TARDIS control room
Doctor Who 80s TARDIS control room
Everyone used to complain about the wobbly sets and low budget designs of this children's TV series, but I have to admit it was thrilling to see this original set in person on May 20 and then again on December 9, 2013. I have many great childhood memories (and nightmares) of watching Doctor Who from behind the sofa, or on the edge of my seat (my dreams were always filled with Daleks, Cybermen and dinosaurs).

This next T.A.R.D.I.S. interior is from the modern day revival first glimpsed with the return of Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor and also served as David Tennant's Tenth Doctor.

Doctor Who revival T.A.R.D.I.S. interior
Doctor Who revival TARDIS console
9th 10th Doctor Who TARDIS console
Doctor Who revival TARDIS interior
Doctor Who revival TARDIS interior
Doctor Who revival TARDIS interior
Doctor Who revival TARDIS interior
Doctor Who revival TARDIS door interior
This more organic-looking steampunk style interior was designed by stellar U.K. comic book artist and creator, Bryan Hitch, who provided concept art for the 2005 revival. Pretty cool, right?

If you're a fellow Whovian, be sure to check out all the amazing Doctor Who costumes, props and sets on display at the ever-changing exhibit.

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