This was due to Ed Russell, Brand Manager for Doctor Who, who generously offered to show us around the set while the main Doctor Who team was off filming in Spain. He arranged for the lights to be put on especially for us, and we had no restrictions or limitations placed on us (except for a 'no video' rule, which of course we complied with). I'm told that there is a TARDIS tour that you can pay for as an 'add on' to a visit to the Doctor Who Experience, but this is only when they are not recording the show, and on these visits, the console and upper level is roped off ...
|The entrance to the TARDIS ...|
I actually love this control room. It feels functional and right in a way that the Eccleston/Tennant/Smith ones didn't ... and I was very impressed that the console is indeed fully functional, with switches and levers and buttons that mostly make lights light up and things move. There's a gorgeous illuminated cog arrangement on one panel which is a work of art, and another has the interface to the TARDIS' telepathic circuits: a Zygon-like latex/silicon panel of bumps and grooves into which you can plunge your fingers.
On the upper level there are bookcases full of books, tables piled with magazines and other things, blackboards covered with arcane scribblings ... skulls, ornaments ... all manner of exotic ephemera. It's lovely! You can walk around the whole room, with staircases down to the main console area, and there are also blocked off exits to the rest of the TARDIS as well ... We were told that sections of the upper area can be removed to allow cameras in, but it works brilliantly as an enclosed space as well.
|Under the console ... just doing a little rewiring ...|
Outside the set, there are the usual boxes of unidentified stuff, and even a Dalek sits forlornly there too ... whether waiting for use in future episodes, or the sole remnant of a Dalek attack on the TARDIS we don't know ... it's cool to see it there though!
There is also another set under construction in the same studio, but this is for the next season and thus is top secret ... Apparently it's supposed to tie in and match with something on location, but as we don't know what that is either, it's all a bit bewildering ... I'm sure it will come clear when the episodes are transmitted ...
|We landed safely!|
Here's a selection of pics from the visit ...
|Sam checks out the books|
|A lone Dalek outside the TARDIS set|
|We enter the TARDIS for the first time ...|
|The top part of the console.|
|Blackboards and arcane scribblings|
|The amazing central console|
|Trying to get us home ...|
|External view of one of the exits from the|
Console Room ... this would lead to the
rest of the ship ...
|Beautiful section of the ship|
|Sam checks in with the Doctor ...|
|We all need some help!|
|Sam under the console!|
|The amazing cog and gear panel on the console|
|Sam is in da Ship!|
|Making sure the Doctor got his sums right ...|
|Another view of the console room. The external door is in the|
|Sam links into the telepathic circuits ...|