Here's A Sneak Peek At The Inside Of Doctor Who's New TARDIS

We know there's a Doctor Who Christmas special all set for December 25, but putting together a new festive instalment isn't all the BBC has been up to. The episode will also feature a shiny new TARDIS interior, a small part of which can be seen above.

According to a post on Doctor Who TV, the new TARDIS is the work of production designer Michael Pickwoad and will serve the show for its 2013 season. A less zoomed-in shot would have been preferable, but that might have been deemed to big a reveal.

In other Doctor Who news, Sir Ian McKellen has been announced as the voice of the nefarious Snowmen. The perfect way to acclimatise before you see him playing Gandalf again in The Hobbit... the very next day? What excellent timing.

[BBC America, via Doctor Who TV]

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    Okay, so they've swapped one primary colour for another. Nearly eight years in and still the same squiggles though. Sigh! I'd lay odds that the console once again is more of the same junkyard bricabrac instead of something that takes pride in being a piece of superior technology as was once the case. The irony lost is that it doesn't work well, as it was a clapped out museum piece when the Doctor swiped it - and today he can turn the thing on a ten pence piece.

    The TARDIS (console and all) in the 2005+ Welsh era seems to me like it's stuck in a rut. But I feel that way about the series in general really. This really sticks out if you compare the first eight years of the original series. Murray Gold's music is anything but incidental and he's not nearly of the calibre of Aussies Ron Grainer, Tristram Cary or Dudley Simpson. It's overblown, samey and too much.

    Not unlike the stories themselves, alas.

    Consider the status of the lead character, who when last I looked in on Matt Smith seemed designed to be sent up by the decorative young supporting cast rather than a figure of intelligence and authority. And there's simply no way that a savvy producer (such as Barry Letts - the guy in charge during the Pertwee era and the one who cast Tom Baker) would have thought it proper to have the Doctor be responsible for the mass murder of his entire species. Indeed, in more representative eras, he'd have fought against such types. The response from the Third Doctor when the Brigadier needlessly bombed the Silurians, an intelligent indigenous terrestrial species who'd lived here long before humans, was not applause and high fives, he was appalled.

    Yet the BBC is raking in the cash so the policy seems to be to let the self congratulatory group thinkers have at it, and damn the consequences. In the quest for popular appeal, quality control appears to have fallen by the wayside - and no, I'm not talking about wobbly sets. That the other approach can and has worked in the past is what gave us Doctor Who in the first place, a risky and experimental venture that improbably worked despite enormous challenges which the production team more often than not surmounted with aplomb. Now, it's play safe and do what worked last week - for the entire 2005+ run. Again, it didn't used to be this way. The Pertwee era was very different from the Hartnell one - yet both are still enjoyable today. How different can the Eccleston weeks be said to be from the current stuff? Fundamentally, in no way at all.

    I'm looking forward to the series eventually getting a nice long rest, and a tendering out to non-fans to make. It didn't work too well in the 80s when their influence was very noticeable, and I don't see the current era wearing any better when we look back on it in a few decades.

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      Your comment makes me sad...


      In the last episode of the last season they had a 1,200 year old man (The Doctor) being lectured about the necessity for love by a 20 something suburban girl... and he had a tear in his eye as though it was something he was hearing for the very first time - the wuss.

        I'm reminded of that episode of Futurama where Zoidberg's uncle (the forgotten silent movie star turned director) keeps demanding his cast emote more! After a good long while of playing things with economy and a subtle British reserve in the old days, we've seen uniformly that the BBC Wales bunch are sadly unwilling and/or incapable of making Doctor Who without excess blubbering and smooching. The departure of Sarah Jane Smith in The Hand Of Fear is a prime example of the very antithesis of this, and utterly unlike what we see today. Instead, gratuitous schmaltz is where it's at now, and it cheapens the whole thing, on top of the flippant "anything goes" approach, a total absence of palpable jeopardy and violence and a ceaseless hype train of backward looking fumbled nostalgia (eg the dog's breakfast made of the Cybermen) and pointless seasonal arcs that never fail to underwhelm. More's the pity!

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          Don't get me started on the Cybermen... >

      Also, what is it with punk kids these days? And why did cabbage soup go out of fashion? And why shouldn't I wear my pants around my armpits?

      I'm sorry, maybe that was uncalled for. But one of the things about Doctor Who is it changes. One of the other things is that it needs money to be on. Do you remember the nineties? And the first 5 years of the 21st century? Remember how much Doctor Who was around?


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        Cabbage soup? Well, I don't know about that. I just don't see that anything called Doctor Who that isn't enough like Doctor Who is worth having on the box just because it's on the box.

        To extend your food theme, Doctor Who was a much more wide ranging and flavoursome buffet than it is now but it purposely didn't offer the sort of things you'd get across the street at the American chains.

        It was always pushing the boundaries of technology and provided great variety in the dishes each season. Every so often you'd get a shake up in management and new kinds of surprises.

        Even when they weren't all for the best, the menu for a long time adapted and preserved its distinct culinary ethos. This is what kept the place vibrant and worth dining at.

        When that didn't happen, it was pretty bland fare. And that lack of renewal and change is what shuttered it. And like I've said, that essential change we agree is good has been MIA since 2006.

        Now the modest little eatery has been taken over by the creative direction of the chains, mandating all gloss and no respect for tradition save their own. Flashy new kitchen, but here come the reheats and packet mixes. Again and again and again!

        What if you aren't swayed by that razzle dazzle? Tough, the market and the visionaries have agreed that's old hat. And if you point out we've had the same "revolutionary" set menu for eight years, you are told to look at the different decor and place mats...

        Classics don't go out of style. Authentic Doctor Who was one of those. And just as we've seen before, in time one may suppose that a confluence of happy events will swing the pendulum back to what made the show worth bringing back in 2005.

        Only this time, I hope they don't lose sight of what that is.

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    wow. The negativity of fans? I don't know if you are "fans", doesn't sound like it.

    If you are then shame on you frankly.

    I've been a fan since I was 6, I'm 31 now. My first memorable story was day of the daleks and I quickly grew to love every doctor and every era of the show and I mean every.

    I don't particularly like matt smiths doctor, though he is growing on me.
    I don't really like te direction the show has taken, more fairy tale than sci if.
    I hated te ponds nod the tardis interior as well as the shows opening/closing titles.

    But to write off everything since 2005 is just ungrateful and very short sighted.

    Eccleston and tenant were amazingly compelling doctors and Russell t Davies writing and handling of he show nothing short of outstanding.

    I'm grateful the show I love is back on air, doing extremely well and will be around for another 50 years. Yes it's different to the early who's, of ourselves it is, it died in the 80s and was resurrected in a completely new and different world.

    If you don't like it just watch your old DVDs, there's plenty of old who to watch, like it or not doctor who will continue on and we have no say over its direction, quite rightly.

    Get behind it or get over it

    End of lesson

      Okay, so a difference of view in what I and others think is a consistently misguided approach to the making of Doctor Who is a call for a "truer" fan to tell me to be glad it's on and like all eras of the show, as you do.

      I'll respectfully suggest that is missing the point and unnecessary. I like the idea of new Who as I don't think it's a clapped out format. Rather, as I've mentioned above, my view and others is that the 2005+ era has been stuck in a rut of its own making. Were it to change, I'd be thrilled.

      The design is stale. The music is, too. Where they pilfer plot points, they don't steal from the best - rather, the remake of Battlestar Galactica - only to magic away the consequences, over and over again. The intrusive season arcs that insist the show must be watched in order and in its entirety to make any sense, even when the payoff veers from pointless to nonsensical.

      And the tedious repetitious soap opera elements - romance issues, a monotonous obsession with present day Earth and human companions from same and so forth - don't make it any more palatable, even if you wave a magic wand (sorry sonic LED torch) at it.

      Sure, you can at times point to a nice bit of acting or any other salient element in isolation but in context and taken as a piece of the whole, the show remains for me and others an over-paced sexed-up soap opera for children.

      And clearly that previously untapped audience is large and supportive, so good luck to them. I just wish that BBC Wales hadn't decided to make the show for them alone.

      In 1969 Derrick Sherwin decided that the way to make Doctor Who better regarded when it went colour was to make it more like hard SF, a la the Quatermass serials.

      So we got an Earthbound show full of alien invasions and mad scientists, not variety. The format saved a few bucks and despite some worthy stories, was quite a limiting deviation from the show's ethos. Not all viewers were best pleased, and the BBC is a public broadcaster who have a duty to the people who pay a license fee - not to mention those who would buy their wares.

      His production team replacements worked very hard to get the show back to its roots, by having the Doctor off on adventures in time and space, not just in England, and they were right to do so.

      (Note an absence of a season involving imaginary companions and exploding universes. A science fantasy show arguably, but not a fantasy fantasy as made today - not much educational value in an historical story where Churchill has a time telephone to call the Doctor!)

      Yet had Sherwin's approach been better regarded, maybe we'd be in the same spot I and others think the show has been in since 2005. Eg: Why do we need the TARDIS at all? Isn't it scarier to have the action exclusively on Earth? Etc.

      The BBC Wales revamp has been wildly successful by capturing a different audience but I honestly think they too have jettisoned much of the essence of the program's unique character and tone.

      With any luck, as has happened in times past, a genuinely new broom will completely sweep clean the old thinking and enhance the core of the show. Philip Hinchcliffe and Robert Holmes replacing Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks springs to mind as an example of that.

      However, given the amount of money tied up in the show and the far more risk averse nature of TV making these days, it might be quite a time before that comes to pass.

        It's a fun TV show that has changed over the decades.

        We have all changed over the decades.

        All of us.

        I can understand you are a devoted fan of the orgiginal series, and are unhappy with the direction it has been going since it's revival.

        I'm sorry that it's the case.
        But such is the nature of things, everything changes.

        No one is forcing you to watch it.

          In point of fact, I haven't been able to watch it in some time. I don't find it pleasant to watch and I lost patience with it improving for the better long ago. Others I know who kept watching, gave up too.

          The JNT era shook things up in 1980, for better and worse. But, the point is, despite the new energy brought, he and the production team stayed on too long and listened too much to fans.

          The result, after eight years or so, was very far from Doctor Who's best. The retool in 2005 has been far more commercially successful than he'd have dreamed, but it's still as inward looking.

          You need new people, new ideas, fresh approaches to keep things ticking over. Since Eccelston came aboard with the RTD method, there's been none of that. As I say, the making of TV is very risk averse today. The BBC weren't afraid of laying an egg in 1963, but today? Rather different!

          The deal done in 2005 was that the tone, pace and focus of the show were worth distorting in order to capture new viewers. Happily for the relevant parties, it got enough to make it viable. Of course, many of things the superfans turned showrunners liked about the original were now discarded without a second thought as if Doctor Who's essential nature was irrelevant so long as they were making it. To like the show now is not to mind this, but I am among those who can't do that.

          As slipshod as the original show became in its weakest moments, I don't think the persistent hallmarks of the 2005+ era I've alluded to would have been given the time of day for five seconds. These were the qualities of other shows made in abundance, so why copy them?

          But yes indeed, let Zygons be Zygons and to each their own. If/when the show gets a truly authentic revamp, I trust the true fans of the current approach will be as even handed as those of us who feel shafted today.

    a monotonous obsession with present day Earth

    Just had to pick up on one point here...this isn't a new (post-2005) phenomenon to Dr Who.

      Well, would you at least concede that the extent of the focus of the 2005+ era upon present day Earth is - shall we say - just a little more over-accentuated than previous eras? All companions come from here. Companions get phones to call home so there's never a chance of longing for other places. The TARDIS works so well it can go anywhere anytime without a glitch, so there's never the danger of forgetting what the present day looks like every time the companion needs to catch up with their family and friends, etc etc. The possibility of never knowing where they're going or if they'll get back home again is lost, despite the well of good dramatic potential it's always had. And heaven forbid we get a companion from the past, future or another planet. Would it be that hard to enjoy the show if we had such elements? Certainly never was a problem before!

    I don't mean to be rude, but
    oh wow

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