Want To Redesign The TARDIS For Doctor Who?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:08 pm,

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Want to be part of Doctor Who history and redesign the TARDIS for the new series? Well, now you’ve got the chance as the television show Blue Peter is running a contest where viewers can submit their TARDIS console designs with one lucky winner (chosen by new Doctor, Matt Smith) getting the once-in-a-lifetime chance for their TARDIS console to appear in the upcoming fifth series.

There’s only one problem; Blue Peter is a children’s television show and you have to be between the ages of 6-12 to enter. Oh yeah, and live in the UK. Yeah, I’m angry as well. I haven’t wanted to be a British child this bad since I watched Worst Witch at the age of 7. (I soon realized that Worst Witch was about an all-girls witches academy and felt awkward about wanting be to a adolescent British girl.)

You may be asking yourself, “Why are they doing this?” Lucky for you, the editor of BBC’s Blue Peter, Tim Levell, has the answer:

Doctor Who prides itself on surprising its viewers at every turn, and who better than a child to come up with the latest design of the TARDIS console?”

Well, Mr. Levell, color me surprised. That’s exactly what the new season of Doctor Who needs; a child set designer. Now, for those not happy about this or are still reeling after the announcement of the new logo earlier this week, don’t be upset as this will not be a permanent change to our beloved time traveling space craft. The winning TARDIS console design will be used by the Doctor in just one episode next series.

Check out the video of the contest announcement below. (It’s a pretty good watch, they talk with production designer Edward Thomas and we get to take some peeks at the Master’s sonic screw driver that will most likely be the cause of David Tennant’s regeneration into Matt Smith.

For those that are between 6-12 and live in the UK, I hate you. Still, head over to the Blue Peter site to pick up the entry form and TARDIS console template.

Hmm… that only-one-episode thing has me thinking. If it’s a new TARDIS console that will be used by the Doctor and only for one episode, what’s going on in that episode? Did something happen where the world has been changed? Does its “child-like” design have something to do with it? Does anyone know where I can get the paperwork/surgery to pass myself off as a British child? (Cause I’ve got this wicked TARDIS design that involves sporks, bouncy balls and some old, individually wrapped, microwavable S’Mores from back in the day.)

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Expect to see the winner’s TARDIS design when the new series of Doctor Who begins next year.

Source: BBC [via: SCI FI Wire]

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  1. What has always been bothersome is that you could bubblegum any possible piece of visible instrumentation and or controls with something invented from 1800 to 2010 A.D.

  2. Sounds interesting, can’t wait to see if the series holds up after Tennant.

  3. Sporks? S’Mores? You’ll have to explain those terms for me. Anthony! I’m just amazed they haven’t tried to explore the Tardis at all in the current series. It’s supposed to be infinite, after all. Rose availed herself of the costume facility, but it was never referred to again. Whatever the shortcomings of the Paul McGann one-off, I loved his library/drawing room section of the Tardis. The control room is only the tiniest section of the overall scheme.

  4. @The Big Dentist

    Not knowing what what a spork or s’more is must mean you’re from the UK. Let me give a rundown of my childish musings.

    A spork is combination spoon and fork. It’s basically a spoon with fork tines. It’s pretty much useless when used as either a spoon or a fork, but it’s the thought that counts.

    Here’s a picture of one: http://www.hrabaconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/te_spork_detail.jpg

    As for the s’more. That’s when you roast a marshmallow over the fire and place it on a graham cracker (digestive biscuit to you) that has a piece of chocolate on it. Cover it with another graham cracker to make a sandwich and you’ve got yourself a s’more. It’s call that because you always want some more.

    Although, if you’d like a visual explanation, I shall refer you to the classic education film, “The Sandlot.”

    http://s148.photobucket.com/albums/s26/oob02/?action=view&current=thesandlotsmore.flv

  5. This just proves that the new Doctor Who will be more aimed at kids. Come on, let only kids take part in creating a new Tardis? This makes me a sad panda.

  6. Hate to nit pick about the article, but there is nothing sonic about the Master’s LASER screwdriver!

  7. Cheers for that, Anthony – love the s’more clip! I may have try that one out for the sheer decadence factor alone. I do know sporks, I just didn’t connect ‘em with the Tardis. In my defence, it was late (over here anyway) when I read your article. Which is probably why I put a full stop (period!) instead of a comma in that first line as well: made it look as if I was shouting at you, sorry about that.

  8. I reckon the tardis interior should be slightly redesigned and show more of the other rooms like in the mid 1970s baker episodes which the design was i don’t know gothy/victorian style as who fans must agree the lacks some substance and detail, but overall great to see it on the screen.

  9. Rip apart an old clock and make a steampunk console. That would be fun. I wish I lived in the UK, I’d totally lie about my age, or enter as my little brother xD

  10. Is that because its a “LASER” screwdriver and not a “SONIC” screwdriver. I'm sure it was covered int an episode in the last year or two.

  11. Kai ora

    WOW we will get to see alternate control rooms in an episode coming up, backup control room maybe so to speak. More of the of the TARDIS – Yippee something we have all missed under the helm of RTD.

    How does it play out in my head. As the current control room is trashed and the TARDIS is crashing Doctor needs another. – Dashes off into the deepest parts of the TARDIS – (and here's the part I like ) – glances in on past control rooms perhaps – finally comes across “Blue Perter set” with seconds enough only for materialising all be it badly (Blue Peter set trashed like last control room – sorry kids). At end of episode (Better be a 2 parter!!!) Doctor has time to explore TARDIS and find a suitable replacement control room.

    p.s. an opinion from from “Middle Earth down under ” – Matt Smith is gonna ROCK!!!.

    Long live Doctor Who.

    Haere rā

  12. Is that because its a “LASER” screwdriver and not a “SONIC” screwdriver. I'm sure it was covered int an episode in the last year or two.

  13. Kai ora

    WOW we will get to see alternate control rooms in an episode coming up, backup control room maybe so to speak. More of the of the TARDIS – Yippee something we have all missed under the helm of RTD.

    How does it play out in my head. As the current control room is trashed and the TARDIS is crashing Doctor needs another. – Dashes off into the deepest parts of the TARDIS – (and here's the part I like ) – glances in on past control rooms perhaps – finally comes across “Blue Perter set” with seconds enough only for materialising all be it badly (Blue Peter set trashed like last control room – sorry kids). At end of episode (Better be a 2 parter!!!) Doctor has time to explore TARDIS and find a suitable replacement control room.

    p.s. an opinion from from “Middle Earth down under ” – Matt Smith is gonna ROCK!!!.

    Long live Doctor Who.

    Haere rā