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Whose hand is steering the Tardis?

The frightening truth: an unqualified driver is at the helm:

To explain. I have a cousin who works here:

And the weekend before last, he very kindly took a group of relatives around the studios, including me. I can't say much about what we saw, but we were allowed to take pictures of the interior of the Tardis itself (positioned right next to a square in ancient Athens for the forthcoming Midsummer Night's Dream).

It's a really big space. The set has the full 360° walls, which can be opened up if necessary, but fundamentally it's a very large circular room on several levels (and scary drops between them). The lights were not on, so all pictures are illustrated by my iPhone flash (apart from the first two in this post, which were taken more professionally by an uncle). But here's a view of the console from the gallery, my mother and most of an aunt dimly visible behind:

Down below the console is a further floor level, with the Tardis innards spilling out:

I was fascinated by the console itself, which is as elaborate as you would hope:

But even more fascinated by the gallery, whose elaborate designs are barely hinted at on-screen. What does the Doctor listen to and read on his travels?

What memories does he carry of past adventures?

And what is to come?



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Oct. 5th, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
I am made of envy.
Oct. 5th, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
And now we are completely green with envy.
Oct. 5th, 2015 08:51 pm (UTC)
I was really hoping to see a tatty copy of David Whitaker's Dr Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks among those paperbacks, but apparently not ...
Oct. 5th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of disappointed no one thought to weed out the duplicates in those books. Much more fun could have been had with those shelves.

Or maybe having three copies of Shardik is Important. :D
Oct. 5th, 2015 09:07 pm (UTC)
Hehe - I was struck by that, too! Glad I'm not the only one...

nwhyte, thanks for sharing - these are indeed fascinating. It's particularly striking how much difference the professional lighting used during filming obviously makes to the look of the whole place. Why, some parts look downright human and earthly in these pictures, which obviously isn't true!

I was mildly disappointed by the conclusion to this sentence, though:

positioned right next to a square in ancient Athens....

Thought we were going to get an unexpected Greek historical there for a minute! On the other hand, I'm pleased to see that he is obviously still thinking over his design for the Trojan horse.
Oct. 6th, 2015 04:51 am (UTC)
Maybe he likes it so much, he plans to lend some of those copies out?
Oct. 5th, 2015 09:53 pm (UTC)
Fascinating - there is so much inspiration for speculation and imagination here. Thank you!
Oct. 5th, 2015 10:00 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't worry about being an unqualified driver, as was pointed out by a certain R. Song in one episode the Doctor's been driving it with the brakes on ever since he waltzed off with her.


Oct. 6th, 2015 08:58 am (UTC)
I was coming to say something similar. :)
Oct. 6th, 2015 04:40 pm (UTC)
Glad to see you had such a great time.

I am also very interested that the TARDIS is now a 360 degree set.
Oct. 8th, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
Two editions of The Mayor of Casterbridge — the Doctor must be a Hardy fan.
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