Whovians finally got their first look at the new TARDIS when Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor was reunited with her time and space machine in the second episode of the new season. Now, fans can get a better look at all of the new details inside the ship.
BBC America released several exclusive high-resolution photos detailing the latest console room design, which boasts a mix of geometric elements, old school analog tech, and organic structures. The look is a huge change from the design featured during Peter Capaldi’s turn as the Doctor.
The photos get up close and personal with the interlocking gears that surround the console room itself, and the center console, which is filled with knobs and contraptions that look like someone found them in an antique mall. Perhaps the best part of the new TARDIS is that the ship gave itself a miniature, spinning version of the infamous Police Box exterior that serves no purpose other than looking cute! Oh, and who could forget the Custard Cream Pie dispenser that awards the Doctor with a special treat whenever she fancies!
Arwel Wyn Jones, who designed Whittaker’s TARDIS and worked on the series during Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant’s years, gave an interview explaining that his new design re-visits the idea of having a natural, non-mechanical source to power the ship. He explained:
“I kind of tried to flip it, though the basis is kind of the same. To actually move through space and time you’d need an incredible amount of power, so we’re harnessing the power of this time crystal – it’s what actually now drives the Tardis [sic]. The new design is harnessing nature, in a way. Where the metal bits have actually been used to try and contain a natural power source. So more like a Faraday cage, if you like.”
Take a look at the photos followed by a behind the scenes featurette on the making of the TARDIS below, and don’t miss ‘Doctor Who’ every Sunday on BBC!