Tuesday is new Radio Times
day, and I was excited about the Doctor Who
issue, largely because Steven Moffat is following RTD's example in giving the RT
a brief preview of every episode of the new series. And not that this disappointed (I'm now very intrigued about Simon Nye's episode) but it was rather upstaged by the something else - I thought we had to wait until the end of "The Eleventh Hour" to see the new design of the TARDIS interior, but apparently not: The first official photos are out today.
It's certainly very... orange, isn't it? It looks a bit busy, and I can't help thinking it's built of used Quality Street wrappers, but hopefully that won't be as much of a distraction 'cause we'll be in close-up most of the time. And the much-discussed multiple levels are very exciting, I can imagine there'll be some interesting action sequences using those staircases, and unlike the Eccleston/Tennant version there's a real feel that this isn't the whole picture, just the control centre to an enormous spaceship lying just beyond those corridors. It gives me hope that we might actually get to see more of the TARDIS in Matt Smith's run, as the full implications of "bigger on the inside" were never explored in the first 5 years of the new series (I'm not counting RTD getting everybody excited about "other parts of the TARDIS" only to turn out he meant one quick shot of a roomful of clothes in "The Christmas Invasion.") With it being both cleverly designed and gaudy, I'm both excited and nervous seeing these photos, but it was designed to be part of an action series so there's no point judging it until we've seen it in context. Luckily there's not long left for that.
(4 to Eleven.)