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Behold DOCTOR WHO's New TARDIS Interior!!

The Official DOCTOR WHO Facebook Page and BBC have revealed our fullest look yet at the new TARDIS interior which will debut with The Snowmen, transmitting on Christmas Day.  

The design offers a very interesting take on the vehicle's interior - hearkening back to the smaller and simpler interiors in which earlier incarnations of the Doctor traveled.  There's also a slight FORBIDDEN PLANET sensibility here...which I can't help but love...



Thanks to Aint It Cool readers John and Anglophile for calling this to our attention so quickly!  




Glen Oliver




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  • Dec. 19, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Loves It

    by Randy

    Getting a little classic who looking

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by ChangKhan

    Nice. Love it.

  • Yeah, that was the first thing that occurred to me. It has that same submarine-ish look, apart from the lighting and layout...I'm not complaining, mind, but I'm definitely curious to see how this gets explained.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Little Borg cube influence, perhaps?



  • Dec. 19, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    I love it.

    by The Transformed Man

    I never thought they'd go so classic.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by donkey_lasher

    Whatever happened to the parts of that Tardis Console that him and 'Sexy' used?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    I'm not keen on the Doctors change of fashion though

    by donkey_lasher

    Of course, its been proven that the Doc doesn't just change his clothes when he changes his skin.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by Gabba-UK

    Nice retro feel to it.. Likely.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Krell design....

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    I want to live in a Krell designed house.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, noon CST

    By Trek I mean JJ Trek.

    by Shaun D Lyons

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Very Doctor Whoish....In other words, low budget.

    by Smerdyakov

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by hobbitfeet

    Conceptually this is five steps back (and about 25 years in production design terms). The previous Tardis interior felt organic. Like a living breathing extension of the Doctor. Something which gave 'The Doctors Wife' episode it's emotional punch. This new Tardis interior incarnation looks and feels like one of those over-the-top in car sound systems that have a load of lights on that mean nothing. If you continue the car analogy then why go back to supposed 'classic' design that was shonky in the first place? It's like changing your Audi TT for a Mrk 3 Ford Escort. Still, I haven't witnessed the new look Tardis in action yet so...

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Doc Fashion

    by nytrash

    The xmas episode happens in Victorian England so he is dressed for the part. Hopefully the clothes don't stick after the episode...

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    by grfrog

    Plus this one looks very modular, easy to pull apart and put back together. No sense in spending money on the control room(especially if cheaper looks just as nice, or even better). Then again as long as it has a door to outside, one to the rest of the tardis, and an uppydowny thing in the middle I'm cool.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I wonder what the stuff on the 'railing' console is for...

    by terrynation

    The central island was always where the action was. It looks like there's a bit of grime and wear on it; a version he's had mothballed from the past, perhaps?

  • The rest of it is just fine, IMO, but that... (And now the mental image of the TARDIS zipping through space accompanied by 'Move Bitch.' You're welcome.)

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by butternutz1974

    I always had a problem with the console rooms of the new era...This one is a welcome callback

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Paul McGann approves.

    by Keith

    Victorian clothes, older style TARDIS controls...

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Side consoles? That's new.

    by RobinP

    I always wondered why everything was right in the middle with nothing at the sides. I like this, it's both new AND retro, if you catch my drift.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Dr. Who Gives a Fuck

    by Mike

    why do people watch this show?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I like it, but it could stand to be a bit bigger.

    by Royston Lodge

    I like that they're harkening back to an earlier aesthetic, but I also liked the way the new TARDIS interiors were really really big. Why not make a big TARDIS control room that ALSO refers back to the classic aesthetics?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    That being said, I'm always happy to see hexagons in the control room.

    by Royston Lodge

    Hexagons FTW.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Looks more like a TARDIS

    by buggerbugger

    Just need to get rid of that unsightly lump in the centre of it. What's his name again?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by dvdhound's bigger... yet smaller... on the inside?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    reminds me of the Command Center

    by HebrewLantern

    From Power rangers. Or is that just me

  • With iPod style and lens flares. The greens and blues, when not seem up close, look like low res CGI or even green screen low res CGI.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    What do they do with the old sets?

    by Royston Lodge

    Did RTD buy it for his personal sex dungeon?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    I love the outfit too.

    by The Transformed Man

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Console raised one storey from the door?

    by hadrion

    Wondering if the two stair cases that are hinted at behind him lead down to the door, so when someone comes in, they'd look up at the doctor at the railings above them

  • This PBS english sci fi turd needs to go bye bye...i know you and the other 10 fans will be disapointed

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST all we need is a less irritating Matt


  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Someone who acts like a Doctor--not some annoying kids tv geezer.


    Who goes about kissing blokes and women.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    How come he's never Black?

    by Mike

    Dr. Who's a fucking racist.

  • A programme that builds an atmosphere and isn't so concerned with having wacky camp scripts. Something more along the lines of Pyramids of Mars and not Dinos on a Spaceship. Then again--i'm most probably asking too much knowing the modern B.B.C.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    I could see Jon Pertwee at home in that Tardis. Old school vibe.

    by DoctorWho?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Already feels more like classic Who - and love the new outfit!

    by sunspot_mike

    The steam-punk thing was cool, but it's time to change it up a little bit. Plus, this outfit makes him look even more like a "Man Without A Time"! Think how ridiculous Tom Baker's coat, scarf, and hat were and try to picture them in a modern series. It's the seventh series, there's no need to "attract the straights" anymore. I'm all about it.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I like the new desktop theme. Retro!

    by paul cook

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    I've missed most of a season...

    by Fremen

    Can someone tell me why they changed the TARDIS? Is it because Amy and Rory left?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Did I miss something??....

    by DirtyWookie

    What happened to the old Tardis?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    What fremen said!!!!

    by DirtyWookie


  • not at all, Merry Christmas thank you Brits!

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Love it but...

    by Bab5fan

    the bottom looks empty...sorta got used to the larger base. Very classic though. As for a better Doc? Matt is great. But sad lil haters have to shoot their mouths off on the interwebs so that they can feel vindicated and all that jazz.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't go that far sunspot


    We've still got Matt Smiths performance to contend with. I just hope his annoying high jinx are toned down......but I doubt it somehow.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Fun fact, "Harry" on a dvorak keyboard is, "Jaoot"

    by Breotan

    "Classic" Who was trash and like the original Highlander movie is only beloved by people who refuse to admit the truth to themselves. Harry Knowles for example.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    "Worlds Longest Running Pile of Shit"

    by Mike

    lol. i've never even watched an episode just wanted to rile a geek up...obijuandumbmexican was my huckleberry..adios nerds

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    I like it too, but...

    by Will

    It does have a colder, more metallic feel than its previous incarnation. I felt the organic esthetic was appropriate, given the nature of the TARDIS. But I hated all the stupid gadgets on the controls, so glad to see they are gone.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    =World's longest-running sci-fi series=

    by frank

    um, Dr Who is not a scifi series. This is not Star Trek or BSG or Babylon 5 we are talking about. It is a kid's show with some scifi and horror elements thrown in it mostly but mostly it is fantasy series.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    =World's longest-running sci-fi series=

    by frank

    um, Dr Who is not a scifi series. This is not Star Trek or BSG or Babylon 5 we are talking about. It is a kid's show with some scifi and horror elements thrown in it mostly but mostly it is fantasy series.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Wow! Very Hartnell/Troughton!

    by ProfWimsey

    That outfit is outstanding: it's very reminiscent of Hartnell's & Troughton's styles. For some reason, Victorian/Edwardian always says "Doctor" to me.... I like the interior, too: it's much more like the original, although that's not why I like it. It just seems like the interior should evolve a lot, and this seems to be a nice variation.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    The past is the new future.

    by Captain Howdy

    I'm sure his younger selves will approve.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Hey! Back To Basics!

    by Real Deal

    I love it! I've been waiting for this since 2005. It's not that I didn't like the organic look it's just that I prefer a look closer to the original series but with a better production standard. Bravo!

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    Re : boltvanderhuge

    by Real Deal


  • Dec. 19, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    A 60s scifi vibe

    by Dreamfasting

    Is it my imagination or are some of those control panels modelled after starship controls from from 60s scifi? Given the upcoming anniversary, that would be very appropriate.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Matt's Jules Verne look

    by Mister Vertue

    I'd be shocked if that's not his new permanent look. Didn't he say right from the very start that he wanted his costumes to change and evolve to avoid boredom with the character? Time will tell...

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    isnt it too high tech?

    by john

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Re: console room looking smaller

    by Mister Vertue

    Sure, it looks smaller from what we've seen so far, but don't you think that there's so much more to be seen as the series progresses? Bigger soundstage and a new set could very well bring with it some lovely surprises for fans of the Tardis. Definitely a tip-of-the-hat to the older console room design in that photo, which makes me very happy indeed.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Unmoderated Docbacks...

    by Mister Vertue

    Nice to see a few old names popping up to have a gripe and a grumble. Don't see why they can't do that in the regular Friday Docback. You can still criticise the show, just do it in a constructive, sensible and intelligent way. No need to hide.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    cavejohnson - no sci-fi?

    by Mister Vertue

    A blue box that can travel anywhere in space and time and also happens to be bigger on the inside isn't science fiction? He's an alien who visits planets and meets other aliens. Not science fiction? Yes, it has fantasy elements too, but to say it isn't sci-fi is just plain crazy. And a show for kids? Yes, it is. Adults can watch it too. What's wrong with that?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Re : man_of_vertue - No SciFi?

    by Real Deal

    Well said!

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    @ Royston Lodge and dirtywookie- re: the sets

    by ShadowVoyd

    Doctor Who moved into it's new production facility with the Christmas episode. The initial 11th Doctor console room was built on what was the Torchwood hub set in Cardiff. As they couldn't literally pick up that entire interior and move it, they either had to recreate the interior or take the opportunity to play a long standing Who motif and update the TARDIS console room yet again. <P> I also can't help but notice that it's got that classic 3rd-5th Doctor vibe just in time for the 50th anniversary. It's very utilitarian and, if need be, can even be redressed to look more like a classic Doctor's console room (you know, should they need a past Doctor doing his Doctory things in his own control room). <P> So yeah, it was primarily a practical reason behind the new interior set and thematic "in story" reasons for why it'll look this particular way both inside and out (as the shiny, "new blue" TARDIS exterior is going to back the battered, well worn look given all the hard knocking around the Doctor will have been doing since losing Rory and Amy).

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Maybe with a new set, their gearing up for a new Doctor?

    by Adam Jones

    It has been really difficult adjusting to Matt Smiths style as the Doctor ever since Dave Tennant left. I gotta say, I miss David as the Doctor so much. I really couldn't stand Matt in the beginning but he's made some adjustments to his character that seem more adult in nature so i can now tolerate him to an extent. I'd still like a new actor in the role. Perhaps something happens in the 50th Anniversary episode that will trigger his regeneration and we'll get someone more believable as a true Time Lord.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    I think I like it

    by ShadowTiger

    I agree it might have been cool to go J.J. Abrams on it (white and chrome and glass and so on)...but without the lens flare. (Side note: Was sadly unsurprised to see lens flare in the ST trailer this weekend. Sigh.) That said, I think this "fits" where he is right now quite well. Of course, we need to see the whole room in context, this is, I suspect, just part of it. Especially since there are the stairs going up and down. The only things I'm not sure I like - and I'm willing to see how they look on screen - are all the blue LEDs on the walls. They seem really out of place compared to everything else. (@banthabreeder: I'm think of this - and the new titles - more like the "alternate control room" and new titles during Tom Baker's era, and of course getting ready for the 50th, more than a sign Matt's leaving.) I am quite scared of what's going to happen to the title sequence and music. <still scarred from 6th and 7th doctors> Fingers crossed...

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Title sequence

    by ShadowTiger

    Re my fear of the title sequence...I have been very happy with all of the NuWho sequences so far, so I shouldn't be worried, but at the same time the sequences in the first half of S7 did not do it for me at all. The strange, oversaturated colors. The patterns you couldn't really see well except in screen shots. Don't overdo it, guys. Give me a nice Pertwee opening :)

  • Only someone who's not familiar with the show's history and who hasn't seen the dozens of legitimately sci-fi storylines they've used over the decades would claim that Who has no claim to being sci-fi. No, it's not the kind of tiresome self-serious drivel that so many American sci-fi shows are, but it's just as much sci-fi as, say, ST:TNG (which is another of the most brilliant shows of all time). Oh, and BSG is a talky soap opera in space.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    bitter sweet...

    by jason baum

    -THE SWEET: that we have the x-mas ep, new series 7 part 2 eps, a new companion, new attire, new tardis AND THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY!!!! plus much much more... -THE BITTER: that we are getting series 7 spread out over two stinking years?! wtf?! if its so the moff can focus on blowing the doors off the 50th, then i will have to acquiesce. but if its because of (my beloved) sherlock, then i'll have to be ticked. because even though i dig the hell out of moff's holmes, the doctor is where my heart truly lies and i want 12-13 eps per year. however i do know that kind of schedule leads to burnout, and i don't wanna loose smith anytime soon. it's funny, like many people i couldn't imagine a universe without tennant. but smith more than won me over and now i am just dreading the day he regenerates. man that's gonna suck. i don't envy the actor nor the show-runner who has to follow in the heavy steps this group took. thanks for letting me ramble guys. this is one of my favorite places to go on the web.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Too bad they can't make a better looking Melody Pond.

    by Fries Against

    That bitch is getting old. She was on ER for dick's sake!

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Matt > David

    by chiwrtr72

    Didn't realize it until I rewatched some Tennant episodes. Then I realized how much I enjoy Matt's incarnation. I'm glad to have a new look that hearkens back to classic who.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    is it actually pale green if you bring the lights up

    by Kathryn Gail

    Oooh, look at the support column things, echoing the shape of the D9/D10 TARDIS supports but all industrial looking. Takes some getting used to, but love the blue-light roundels and submarine-y-looking controls. Good space to dress Victorian in without looking sadly late to the steampunk party. Very Jules Verne indeed; they'll all want frock coats for Xmas. [The original(s) was/were pale green b/c white flared on old B&W TV cameras.]

  • Not my words, but an adequate illustration nonetheless... Would invite you to take in the Philip Hinchcliffe (exec producer) era of classic DW (1974-1977) and re-assess your stance...

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Brian Cranston as the Doctor.

    by SergeantStedenko

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Looks like the inside of a spaceship again

    by cosmic_dolphin

    One of my few dissapointments when the show returned was the restyling of the tardis interior. Was never really a fan of the organic direction they took it in. I love the look of new one though, makes it look much more like a spaceship. Here's hoping we get to see the secondary control room, the lounge.....hey even the swimming pool!

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Brian Cranston looks younger

    by donkey_lasher

  • They needed a new TARDIS set because of the move in filming locations, so that doesn't have anything to do with whether we'll get a new Doctor (and we have Smith saying he hopes he's in the 50th, so he'd like to stay longer). This new design though does feel like it might be one of the original desktop patterns for the TARDIS interior, so if they wanted to do something like show a young 1st Doctor, newly on the run from Gallifrey, they could easily use the same console room that they will have now. You could also make an offhand comment if you had any of the other classic Doctors in there - momentary switch of the desktop pattern, running from the tertiary control room (the secondary control room was the wood one Baker had - at least 1 book mentioned a tertiary control room that looked like stone). I do enjoy the controls along the outside as well as the inside. It gives Matt Smith more of a chance running around the console to fly it to bounce between the inside and outside controls. Considering we're getting an episode titled Journey to the Center of the TARDIS, we should be seeing more of the interior. We'll have to see if they use the same corridors from The Doctor's Wife. I suspect so, though probably with a lick of paint to match the new color scheme, but they'll get to spend more money on new TARDIS rooms. Though I still hope from nostalgia's sake we can get some filming at a disused hospital facility for some storage rooms and get the old pool Leela was swimming in.

  • and boltvaderhuge your are the biggest idiot ive ever seen post on AICN and thats really saying something doucebag

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    A massive improvement on the last one.

    by Octavian

    But not as good as the #9 version. That was a beaut.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Is it ever explained...

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Why the control room changes? Are all iterations versions that are still resident somewhere inside the TARDIS? So, in theory, the smallish white control room that was the norm for Hartnell through McCoy is still in there somewhere? (I do recall T. Baker with one if not two additional different layouts for a few adventures).

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    i_am_notreal: This is all the explanation you need...

    by Royston Lodge

    Time Crash:

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Can we get an interior shot

    by kingralphuk

    Of his new assistant as well?

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    in a major interview this year

    by emeraldboy

    in empire as part of thier tv section, the interviewer said that Matt Smith looked kind of exhausted and smith kind of admitted that it was taking a lot out of him.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST

    control roomSS

    by Comfortably Spit a Rat

    i have a dim & distant memory, from either the Pertwee or Baker 1 days, of mention of a large selection of control rooms, along with the interior of the TARDIS being quite staggeringly huge and byzantine. Anyone else confim this?

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Looks like complete Sh*t. Budget must have been slashed.

    by Cash907

    Production values? Hello....? Are you there, budget? Looks like some shit a couple of nerds put together in their mom's basement.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    comfortably spit a rat

    by maxwello

    Like you, I vaguely recall it from an earlier era, but it was also a fairly important plot point in "The Doctor's Wife".

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    kingralphuk: You wanna look at her internal organs?

    by Royston Lodge


  • Dec. 21, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    @royston lodge

    by kingralphuk

    of course I'm a weirdo. Im on freakin' Doctor Who talkback!

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by frank

    recreating a whole universe by using the memories of a kid and a blue led light is not scifi, it is pure fantasy fiction..

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Since boltvanderhuge is being a massive cock master...

    by Dan

    Could anyone suggest a "best of" list for me to watch...??? I never saw much Who as a kid, PBS would schedule it sunday nights at 11pm.... not good when you have no VCR. I've watched a few and I dig the Daleks.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Dr Who, from what I've seen does both...

    by Dan

    Fantasy and science-fiction.... it's ok, nerds, God doesn't care that you can like both.... geez.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    That's an old school control room and I love it!

    by aramis2112

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Looks like a Submarine interior......Nice suit, though

    by blueant

    meh.....not very Tardis looking....