My Original TARDIS The Police Box Make-Over


My Police Box

The Season 18 Prop

Soon after I began the console, I took it into my head to build a TARDIS/Police Box. This project was to consume much of my little spare time until July 2000. The Console was pretty much on hold during this time.

Unfortunately I took very few photographs during the construction (I guess Iím just shy).


 

The Doctor and Romana on a beach
I decided to make my TARDIS as accurate to the Season 18 prop as possible. The BBC prop was fibre-glass by this point in its history. The earlier ones (there were several, apparently) had been wooden, but doubtless the production team were fed up with moving it around, as it would have been very heavy. I wanted one that seemed authentic to be around, so I decided to make mine very solidly out of wood. As a result it is not very portable, and is designed to come apart in sections, partly to get it through doorways, but also because itís too heavy to lift in one piece. As it turns out even the separated sections are so heavy that I need help to move them.


from above

I also wanted my TARDIS to look good on the inside. A real Police Box has flat walls on the inside, but I didnít like the look, so I repeated the exterior detailing inside Ė twice as much work, but Iím happier with the result.

There's a great site at The Blue Box Project which features a half-sized police box and construction plans for it.


general shot

The Sections

The TARDIS is built in sections:

  • The Base
  • The two Door Arches (consisting of two corner posts and the built-up section that supports the ďPolice public call BoxĒ sign. One arch at the front, one at the back)
  • The Back (like a pair of doors, but built as a single piece)
  • The two Side Walls (consisting of the door-like walls and the built-up sign section as a single unit without the posts
  • The Doors (both of which can open)
  • The Roof (hollow, but one-piece)

The sides bolt onto protrusions from the arches using bolts and furniture fasteners. The arches have dowel pegs at the bottom which drop into holes in the base. The roof sits between the corner posts, and is not fastened on. It is also probably not very waterproof, though I have no intention of finding out!