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Dec 10 2012 11:30am
Doctor Who Christmas Surprise: A Brand New TARDIS Interior!

The brand new TARDIS interior from the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special, The Snowmen

Hot on the heels of the revelation that Ian McKellan will be voicing one of the Snowmen in the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, showrunner Steven Moffat just dropped another wibbly-wobbly surprise: the inside of the TARDIS will be getting a makeover! Speaking to Radio Times, Moffat hinted at a new “darker” interior, which will be both literally and perhaps also, thematic. So far, all we’ve seen is this one photograph which features characters from the Gallifreyan alphabet. 

“[There’s] a brand new Tardis,” announces Moffat in the Christmas double issue of Radio Times magazine. “Same old police box, of course, but when you open those magic blue doors...”

This will mark the third redesign of the TARDIS interior since the show’s relaunch in 2005. In the episode “Time Crash” the visiting 5th Doctor revealed this change was known as “the desktop theme.” Will you miss the previous design? Should it have stayed longer?

6 comments
Greg McElhatton
1. Greg McElhatton
"In the episode “Time Crash” the visiting 5th Doctor revealed this change was known as “the desktop theme.”"

Um, no. The line was actually, "You've changed the desktop theme!" As in the themes that you used to have on Windows machines where a new desktop theme gave it a new look and feel while keeping all the functionality the same. Just a joke about swapping out console rooms the way people changed their computer's desktop.
Greg McElhatton
2. Rashkae
My favorite Tardis interior is the one from the Movie, themed as a fantasy temple/cathedral. Combining that with the newer Coral console would be very nice.
Greg McElhatton
3. Nicholas Winter
Interesting. Up to now as I recall, the TARDIS got a single change per transformation of The Doctor, usually shown in the first few episodes of the new persona. Can The Doctor change the TARDIS look at will now?
Greg McElhatton
4. James Moar
While the console room was rebuilt several times during the original series, I think it was always supposed to have "always looked like that" -- the one exception being the steampunkish Secondary Control Room that appeared for awhile in the Tom Baker years.

The idea of the interior appearance changing at will came up in some of the books published after the show's cancellation, extending ideas about reconfiguring the Tardis from the serials Logopolis and Castrovalva.
David Goldfarb
5. David_Goldfarb
There's at least one precedent for changing the interior without a regeneration: Four used an old-fashioned-looking console room with fixtures in wood and brass, for a couple of seasons. It was explained as a "secondary console room". Eleven could do something similar.
Greg McElhatton
6. Greg McElhatton
"While the console room was rebuilt several times during the original series, I think it was always supposed to have "always looked like that""

It's explicitly rebuilt in the transition from "The King's Demons" to "The Five Doctors" (the Doctor and Tegan discuss the brand-new console).

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