Beginnings The Plinth Control Panels Instrumentation Time Rotor Wiring Software

dimensions of the console
Way back in the fall of 1999 I decided it would be fun to build a Doctor Who TARDIS console. I really had no idea where I was going to put it, but I could think of several possibilities, so I didn't let that deter me.

I started with some sketches and eventually began building in the garage. The drawing to the right was made long after the console was basically completed.

in the garage
As it began in the garage

I had noticed that the consoles appeared to have evolved gradually and appeared to have the same frame, so I was able to get quite a long way before having to commit to which version of the control layout to use.

Initially I had planned to invent my own custom control panel layout, which would make it easier to include things like computer keyboards and stereo equipment. But I realised that I could interface the computer to switches on the console and control the audio with the computer (which was already the major music source), and so my ambitions increased.

Even early on I had the idea that I would at least want to photograph the console against a set and possibly make fan films, so in the garage shot above you can just see an early wall panel I built to form a back drop.

console without controls
Here it is before the controls were added to the panels