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My TARDIS by JoeEngland My TARDIS by JoeEngland
The most fantastic vehicle in the Universe... the TARDIS. Epic and living and beautiful, a machine made with parts and technology which in many ways transcend what we call science, or what we could perceive with naked mortal eyes and minds, taken without permission by the only man who would ever truly be its owner. The Doctor has modified and maintained it for so long as to have practically built it himself, and as such it is a glimpse of what wondrous powers he contemplates. More than his means of transportation, it is all he has to call home. And like him, it is ancient, mysterious, wonderful, bizarre... and dark in certain corners. A world quite literally in itself.

It took me since grad school to make a cosmic gazebo. God, I might've put more work into this than any other single image I've ever done. Maybe sometime I'll post pictures of the model. Who ever knew building a time machine would be so complicated?
Anyway, it's done thank God. My idea behind this version of the console room was to take the "dimensionally transcendental" concept to the Nth degree. Or at least to make it... more Nthy. The time rotor (which from this view is unfortunately blocking the hat stand) extends up beyond sight, into a benign white light, and downwards into mist and shadow. The center is surrounded by six doorways, one obviously leading outside. The five others lead to various areas of the ship, each frame housing the entire section immediately within. In other words, the whole TARDIS (often thought to be the size of a small city) is contained on its own bridge.
I tried to incorporate little hints of each previous version... wanted to include that huge hexagonal overhead light from Hartnell's days, but it just wasn't practical. It ultimately grew into a kind of steampunk/scrap metal motif, which I certainly don't mind.
You can see that the Doctor's tried to freshen the place up a bit... he's placed a nice settee for companions prone to fainting, a gumball machine that never seems to empty, and plantlife of unspecified species. Those are paintings on the backs of the doorframes, mostly from famous historical artists, though one or two are from the Doctor's personal work. Well, he had to find ways to keep himself occupied for all those years spent indoors! He likes to think he's become quite talented (he thinks wrong).
And that's my TARDIS.

EDIT - 7/7/08: Didn't seem quite finished to me, so I gave it one more really good going-over.
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Larynx13 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student
wow O.O
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MarrockV Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
This puts me in mind of an exploded diagram of a watch... which, if you think about it, is all too fitting for a time machine.

Not sure if that impression was intentional or not but it's the one I got.
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Artikano Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Originally the TARDIS (as I understand it) was considered a pocket dimension full of synthetic space and manufactured time, with a dimensional interface assigned spaciotemporal coordinates arbitrarily assigned. The psuedo-matter it's built out of is created with block transfer computation (watch the logopolis episodes from the, like, 80's) a type of math that creates artificial universes. And these computation are executed on a computer that it is itself constructed out of matter created and susutained by block transfer computation.

It's math. The TARDIS is made out of math.
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah, Doctor Who. It's not science, it's "SCIENCE!"
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TheHairyBastard Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
years ago I had a similar idea for a tardis console room which was a huge cylindrical chasm the led for ever up and downwards, I can't see any in your version but mine had a huge spiral staircase that led both up and down through the chasm
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sounds neat.
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Karda4124 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too big to actually be a part of the show. Too bad.
But it is beautiful. It really is a sexy thing.
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:iconjoeengland:
JoeEngland Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I like to think so.
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DragonsAndDreamscape Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Now THIS is an EPIC TARDIS!
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chattytardis13 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awe. some. 4 words: awe. some. two. faves.
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CommodoreHorton Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Still working on the design for mine...but this is good. Very good...
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:iconjoeengland:
JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
I look forward to seeing it. Honestly, I'm kind of on the fence about this one nowadays. It's gotten some positive reaction, but I'd love to redesign it. Maybe do something a bit less "busy." Of course, for this I had to make a freaking scale model. Now I'm hoping to master Google Sketchup and skip the physical aspect entirely.
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CommodoreHorton Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
I'd considered that actually as my primary medium for drawing it. Once I had a model, I could redraw it from different angles quite easily. Unfortunately, I don't think I could do justice to it in terms of textures.
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Koplia Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
know THAT is bigger on the inside!!!!
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Prydonian2 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
This is GENIUS!!!!!! Absolutely amazing! I can not believe how FANTASTIC this is!!!!! This is better than ANY TARDIS interior EVER!!!!! I CAN NOT believe it!!!! The detail, the layout the design MOLOT-BENE!!!!!! GENIUS job :)
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darth-nile Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student General Artist
oh, my, god....this...is...brilliant!!
I love teh design!
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PhycoToad Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EGAD! You have just taken the boundaries of awesome to an entirely new level that not even John Lennon saw comming
*bows in worship*

:iconhypnotoad12: Hypno toad says you must worship da tardis!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
I definitely love the Nthyness of your design, in all it's aspects; the vast verticality, the doorframes.... I suspect the show's new TARDIS interior is based on the interior of a sea urchin shell, with the hexagonal things deriving from the spine swivel bases. There definitely is more to it than what you usually see, but there's less clue as to where than in your design. I looked up a photo of the show design on the net, one which was taken from a high angle, and it looks like the floor panels are transparent, with stuff visibly going downward on the central axis. I had not noticed that in any of the episodes I've seen. One feature of the show's new interior that I like very much is the surrealist/absurdist/we-don't-take-ourselves-too-seriously control panel, which I thought was a great answer to all the complaints about the TARDIS controls looking rather stale technologically. Anyway, your TARDIS is worderfully spiffy, and will in future be what I compare all other time machines to.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
One of my favorite lines in Doctor Who is the earlier Doctor seeing the recent TARDIS and saying "You changed the desktop theme". The implications....
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dharmavan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
... i... i love it!
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hashpipeofdoom Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
The best TARDIS concept I've ever seen. It's incredible, better than any depicted in the series. I love the sort of infinite space feel (extending both upwards and downwards into the unseen and unknown), and the idea of the rooms being contained within the doorframes themselves is just sci-fi brilliance. Every detail is great. The lights, the giant metal ring pattern overhead, and the scrap-yard composition of the pillars. Awesome job, through and through. Even the sofa and rugs make for a nice touch.
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donobowk Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
I like, railings could be chaotic though, also like my tardis to have more than one room, that is why the eccleston/tennant one was my least favourite, old and mcgann's had a few rooms and matt's looks like it leeds off into other rooms, with ecclestons/tennants I couldn't figure out if any other doors existed even though there was a wardrobe
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
There are six doors surrounding the console, the front entrance and five others leading off into other parts of the ship contained within the frames.
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donobowk Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
didn't notice, in that case very nice design :)
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks, I actually think it's a little too crowded as is. I may revise it later.
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midnightpanther Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
why do I keep getting the same feeling when I look at that? The feeling of "the first companion who goes in there, is undoubtedly going to fall over the railing." x3 sry, I just keep having this mental image of Donna being her clumsy self. x3
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artfanandy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
What an amazing piece of work, realy impressive. One querry! by Time Rotor, do you mean Time Column.
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:iconjoeengland:
JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, the Time Rotor is the shaft in the center.
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HugoLuman Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Oh that is awesome! :D wouldn't mind seeing this in the show
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vp21ct Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
If it weren't for the date this was made, I would swear that the Gumball machine was a reference to Professor Paradox from Bet 10 alien force (who himself was a shout out to Doctor Who, as a time traveling hero, sans TARDIS and add magic watch and even more omniscient understanding of time.)
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IceOfFire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a similar design to your TARDIS, but is not as detailed as yours. I can't really describe it without a picture, or scanner. But YOU ARE AN ARTIST!

:clap::clap::clap:
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YWYH-s--Morelenmir Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009   General Artist
*is amazed* Holy crap, that is incredible! Gorgeous! Gazebo...hm. Sweet. :D
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blackshirtboy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
THAT, sir, is a TARDIS for the ages
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WimblesTheCreator Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
epic.....
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XskullduggeryX Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
And a talented Dr. Who fan said, "Let there be epic."

(That would be you by the way.)

An incredible piece of work. I like the Doctor universe you've begun on your own. I just had the frightening realization that I could easily stare at that image for half an hour without moving, just looking over all the detail.

...

You are a scary, scary man. Good job with the "new" Tardus.
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Geminii27 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
Wow.

About the only thing I could think of to make it even more N-thy would be the addition of a spinning dial/cog/pointer/whatever on the five non-external doors, which would control which section of the ship they were linked to, Howl's-Castle style.

I'm also imagining one room of the TARDIS which has 'hardwired' doors linking directly to every other TARDIS room, although whether it would look like a library, storage archive (ref: Monsters, Inc), corridor, endless unbounded repeating plane with freestanding doors, a 3D zero-G version of same, art gallery, controllable scrolling wall of doorways, or some other appearance would depend on user preference. Much like the control room, really, and functioning a bit like a cross between a file-manager shell's search function and Google for TARDIS rooms.

Perhaps each door-dial could be moved or tapped in a non-rotating way to connect that door to the Room of Doors...

Back on the actual art piece, what happens to anything tossed over the railing? Is the space bent so that it makes a lazy circuit of the volume and comes back to where it started?
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Good question! The TARDIS would probably take care of it. Unless it was something unpleasant. It would probably jettison it someplace in space and time, then.
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DOOMGUY1001 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW!!

That is such a cool drawing - it seems reminiscent of some Doctor Who concept art - in which case the concept is far better than the current 'new' TARDIS interior.

You should send this the the Doctor Who Production Team.
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Chezwald Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
If I had forever (which I don't), and if I could sculpt (which I can't), I would love to gift you with a full and solid approximation of your beautiful image. Unfortunately only in 3 dimensions as the rest are even further beyond my meager skills than the sculpting and, you know, living forever thing...
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Don't worry about it, I already have a model. Well, a rough mock-up. That was the first stage of making it, see... I had to get the perspective down. So I made it up in miniature in wood and paper and styrofoam. Bit of a mess, but it got me started once I finally finished the thing. Thanks, though.
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demona-cast Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
I've always wondered where the living quarters were...

Maybe The Doctor evolved beyond the need of a toilet...
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Weredrake Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Is this what took your time away from Zebragirl? I hope not, since that even though the design is nifty is artwork itself isn't at the level you usually produce.
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Tell me about it. Tracing paper's a pretty lousy medium to ink on, so the line quality is all over the place. And then there's all the hedging I had to do in Photoshop. It's messy hodgepodge work. Kind of like the TARDIS, actually. I'm mostly proud I managed to pull it off at all.
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spazzbot Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you and all that jazz.
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cheshire-ravyn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
excellently done. this is one of the better interpretations of the TARDIS's true nature that I've seen yet. the steampunk/cyberpunk combination is win and awesome.

beautiful work. oh, and is he wearing sunglasses or is that just a trick of the image?
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:iconjoeengland:
JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Trick of the image. He's not the sunglasses-wearing type. He's more the squinty-eyed type.
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cheshire-ravyn Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
ok good... had me a little tetchy there for a bit. ^^
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Fragamar Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Wow, that's pretty cool
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pumpkinskull Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...my neighbour down the street has a SmartCar with license plate 'TARDIS42'. 'tis rather amusing.

otherwise... coolio.
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
I take it he's a Douglas Adams fan?
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