So I think this is my first post on something non-tech related on this website and I aim to make a regular habit of it. Afterall the content I produce is generically geeky. So it can’t all be about one thing! Even though there’s lots to talk about with tech. So here’s my first Sci-fi / Doctor Who / Television / Media post! We couldn’t have asked for a better topic than the most popular dimensionally transcendental time vessel in the universe. The TARDIS.
This Christmas (Not the one coming near the end of 2013, the one just gone) the new TARDIS interior was finally revealed on Doctor Who. There have been many styles of TARDIS over the years my favourite interior design being the 9th / 10th Doctor’s TARDIS. It just looked so organic with the coral everywhere, the buttresses supporting it’s main structure and the ominous green glow that graced the set. It spoke volumes of “The TARDIS is more than a machine” it’s an interdimensional conciousness with buttons and glowy bits attached to it!” And it made sense that the TARDIS was new and old at the same time. Afterall it’s supposed to be relative to time and space so theoretically it doesn’t need to look slick and modern to be a time machine. And it’s older than the Doctor, he’s now over 1000 and he stole the TARDIS from Gallifrey when it was even called a “museum piece” at that time. So you’d think naturally it would look a bit weathered.
I also enjoyed the 11th Doctor’s original TARDIS interior with it’s somewhat magical aesthetics. And a certain madness to it and it’s dimensions that reflected upon it’s owner’s personality traits.
I’m not much of a fan of the TARDIS interior designs from the original old series of Doctor who with it’s cold white lines, non-descript roundels and not many wacky and unusual looking controls. It just seemed too human and too modern. Again, it’s a time machine! It’s relative to time and space so it’s style shouldn’t reflect on certain design trends. Otherwise it’s style would have to be every design trend. Ever.
I also enjoyed the design of the 8th Doctor’s TARDIS interior. Despite the film not having very good production values and was ruined slightly by americans. Sorry. But it’s true. I enjoyed the film for what it was though.
I think I speak for most fans though when I say it’s a love/hate relationship.
I love it because it looks slick and space-worthy.
I also hate it because it looks slick and space-worthy.
I really can’t make my mind up about it. I would still definitely say that the 9th / 10th Doctor’s TARDIS interior is my favourite for the reasons I listed previously.
I think the Doctor Who production team were also unsure about how to feel about it too. I don’t know if anyone noticed but the exterior of the TARDIS (the blue box) in the Christmas special was all weathered and looking like it had aged / been through a war. Perhaps it was to compensate for the interior. Oh well, who knows what drove them to the decision of making the TARDIS look like this but genuinely all I can say is that I love it and hate it. Weird.
How do you feel about this new TARDIS design? Love it? Hate it? Don’t mind it?
And what’s your favourite TARDIS interior to date?