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Orange TARDISes are not the only fruit 
30th-Mar-2010 03:32 pm
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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.)
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30th-Mar-2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
I rather like it. I know what you mean about the Quality Street wrappers, but hey, there's nothing wrong with Quality Street!
I always felt the last tardis was a bit depressing, a bit mean almost. I know it kind of fitted with the whole "after the war" thing, bit even so, there wasn't much scope to it.
I love the staircases, the whole idea that a complete other life exists for the Doctor actually living in the tardis between stories is very interesting and the staircases are a perfect visual clue to there being more beyond.
I'm also loving Amy's look....get the feeling she isn't going to settle for acting the squealing girly in the Doctor's wake in those boots!
30th-Mar-2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
I always felt the last tardis was a bit depressing, a bit mean almost. I know it kind of fitted with the whole "after the war" thing, bit even so, there wasn't much scope to it.

I actually liked the "coral desktop theme" TARDIS, at least to start with. It reminded me of Moya from Farscape (another show where a single corridor filmed from every conceivable angle had to convey a whole spaceship - but bearing that in mind it makes it even more annoying that they didn't build a corridor like that to give the TARDIS some more scope.) What was disapponting about that set was that although the set itself was bigger than any TARDIS design from the "classic" series, all of those sets at least had a door suggesting more rooms beyond. The only suggestion of more rooms since 2005 that I remember was Eccleston at one point giving Rose directions to go on a convoluted trip that involved the phrase "past the bins."
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31st-Mar-2010 08:33 am (UTC)
The colour scheme on its own wouldn't worry me, but in combination with all the bits and bobs hanging down and popping out of places, I just wonder if it'll be a bit distracting.

However I'm very excited that this appears to be a set in 360 degrees, so unlike the previous one we won't just see it from a single viewpoint. Presumably setting it on different levels (especially the raised console platform) gives them lots of different places to put the camera.
31st-Mar-2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
It makes you wonder if, given the cutbacks in spending we've heard about, if they'll take advantage of the fact that the Tardis is already there and use it more than previously, as you say with extra angles and staircases etc.
31st-Mar-2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
As I've probably said to you at some point, if I were ever to pitch a Who episode, I'd pitch one set entirely in the TARDIS.
1st-Apr-2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
Stupid question alert: Why has the TARDIS changed? Is it supposed to change with each Doctor or something? Surely if it's a travel machine it would stay the same unless he got a new one, like a car... no?
1st-Apr-2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
I hope you realise you've opened a can of worms.

In the original series there was precedent for the console room changing - for a year or two in the 70s Tom Baker had a wood-panelled TARDIS that was meant to be the secondary console room, but for most of the 1960s-80s series it was a white room. Then it got a gothic redesign for Paul McGann, and in 2005 the more organic one for Eccleston and Tennant.

In the Children In Need special "Time-Crash" (which may or may not be considered canonical but in any case was written by Steven Moffat,) Tennant met Peter Davison's Doctor, who looked at the TARDIS and said "You've changed the desktop theme! What is this, 'Coral?'" so there's been suggestions in the new series that the TARDIS can change its appearance on the inside.

When Tennant regenerated into Matt Smith, they made a point of showing that the regeneration energy damaged the TARDIS, knocking columns over etc. I think what happens is the Doctor goes away on his adventure and sets the TARDIS on a "self-repair" programme or something, so when he comes back it's fixed itself and also redesigned the interior in the process.

On a completely practical note, the set was rebuilt because apparently the previous one looked rubbish in HD.
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