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Apr 29 2013 12:00pm
These Maps of the TARDIS Interior Are Maddening, Beautiful

TARDIS interior maps Doctor Who

Doctor Who episode “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” recently gave us a look inside the Doctor’s infinitely-sized ship, a look that viewers had been waiting almost 50 years to see. And while the events of the episode would defy any sane cartographer’s efforts, the attempt nevertheless must be made.

Towards that end, check out these maps of the TARDIS interior created by alibi factory for the Doctor Who Fic LiveJournal group. She begins with the old console room, i.e. the most physically definable space, then imagines other chambers that reside within, including the Library, the complex that contains the Swimming Pool, and so much more.

The images begin as maps but soon expand outward into a conceptual art exhibit, beautiful and non-sensical, which is perhaps the only way one can navigate an infinitely-sized living machine with whims and worries of its own.

Click any image to see it full-size:

TARDIS interior maps Doctor Who

 

TARDIS interior maps Doctor Who

 

TARDIS interior maps Doctor Who

 

TARDIS interior maps Doctor Who

 

TARDIS interior maps Doctor Who

You can see more TARDIS map images here, including file versions that you can create prints from. Download a PDF brochure of the map collection here.


Chris Lough is the production manager of Tor.com, is fairly certain that the art of criticism is bigger on the inside, and is not entirely sure he’s in favor of that.

7 comments
Walker White
1. Walker
recently gave us a look inside the Doctor’s infinitely-sized ship, a look that viewers had been waiting almost 50 years to see

There were extensive inside-the-Tardis sequences in Invasion of Time and Castrovalva. And the Timewyrm series established that it has no fixed geometry and can be reconfigured at will (reaffirmed by the central machine-that-makes-machines) in this episode.
ChrisL
2. ChrisL
In Castrovalva the Doctor had to jettison a quarter of the mass of the TARDIS to escape event one and Romana has stated the TARDIS weigh's 50,000 tons in Alzarius's gravity. So does the TARDIS always have a set mass and by being "infinite" the doctor just meant it could reconfigure itself whenver it wanted and not that the ship just goes on forever?
Mordicai Knode
3. mordicai
I always figured a map of it would look sort of like one of the more elaborate words in Gallifreyan.
ChrisL
4. DavidC
Clicked on the link for PDF, I think its broken.
ChrisL
5. KaraH
Why do the maps always (at least the one at the top of this page) not use the side where the door is? The TARDIS is in another dimension so the 'tardis exterior' side means nada.

That might help the topography a bit. Think of the door like a stargate where you can have stuff behind it.
ChrisL
6. LazarX
I can't use any of the download links, they just lead to a sign-in for filedropper.
ChrisL
7. Bytowner
Now this is an Entertaining Time Sink.

You could while away lifetimes in a place like that.

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