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Docu-drama Tardis Console Arrives at Dr Who Experience

Docu-drama TARDIS console materialises at Doctor Who Experience
The Doctor Who Experience – home to the biggest official collection of Doctor Who props, costumes and sets in the world –celebrates the latest new arrival at the multisensory attraction in Cardiff Bay.


The replica original TARDIS console which will feature in the much-awaited BBC docu-drama focusing on the genesis of Doctor Who – An Adventure in Space and Time – is on display from today in the mezzanine section of the building.

The console was originally designed in 1963 by BBC designer Peter Brachaki (with valuable input from Barry Newberry) and was piloted by the first Doctor as portrayed by William Hartnell. It soon became a design icon and set a basic template which can still be seen in TARDIS console designs to this day.


Gleaming white, with a hexagonal central console and illuminated circular indents in the walls, this TARDIS interior was scattered with objects from the Doctor’s travels – including an elegant Ormolu clock and a Sheraton chair. In the very earliest episodes, it included a huge hexagonal device on the ceiling next to the console and other separate banks of instruments, including a ‘fault locator’.


The TARDIS console (which will be piloted by David Bradley who will portray the first Doctor in the docu-drama) was displayed at Comic-Con Paris in July 2013. It will be on display to all visitors at the Experience throughout the summer.

Tickets can be booked at and prices start from just £13 for an adult and £9 for children.



  • Exeptsype

    December 14th, 2013 - 7:29am


  • Cimabitic

    December 14th, 2013 - 2:59am


  • AlareePackafe

    December 14th, 2013 - 1:41am



  • TuctAuctiot

    December 13th, 2013 - 9:20pm


  • thedaleksdeath

    August 21st, 2013 - 2:11pm

    Went on Sunday, it was………….MASSIVE!!!!! Bigger than I thought actually! ( I even tripped over the police box :-/

  • lepter

    August 18th, 2013 - 6:15pm

    Is it just me but considering this is the 50th aniversary year, there seams to be a total lack of doctor who at the moment? were are the classic stories on bbc4 or even GOLD? its august…were is who?


      August 19th, 2013 - 4:27pm

      TV channel ‘Watch’ broadcasts various episodes of modern Doctor Who, I think more or less every day.

      Seeing as this is the 50 Anniversary of the show, it would be fantastic if the BBC created a TV channel created specifically for Doctor Who, broadcasting old and new episodes, talk about upcoming events and merchandise etc etc.

      They could name it ‘WHO TV’, but then again, someone might mistake it for the band ‘The Who’, so probably best not. Thou anyone else reading this comment with suggestions for a name for such a TV channel would be awesome to read 😉

    • thedaleksdeath

      August 21st, 2013 - 2:12pm

      Or a simple name. “Doctor Who time”?

    • Derek Browell

      August 30th, 2013 - 9:21pm

      Yes.I agree.I have been scrabbling round for morsels on the internet.I am still waiting for anything….. Perhaps I should have liked sport after all. Sherlock Holmes novels are a poor second.

    • Scott the Raptor

      August 31st, 2013 - 8:32am

      The Who Channel?

  • Dalek The Supreme

    August 18th, 2013 - 2:52pm

    Wow, now the Experience has three consoles on display! 😀

    • It’s My Theif

      August 25th, 2013 - 10:05am

      5 if you count the Tardis in the actual Experience and the Tardis from the Doctor’s wife 🙂

    • kev spice

      September 4th, 2013 - 7:11pm

      It had 3 last time I went a couple of months ago The 10ths ,the 4ths and the junk tardis from the Doctors Wife so as long as they are all still there this makes 4

  • darkerjack

    August 16th, 2013 - 4:27pm


  • rassilonrocks

    August 16th, 2013 - 12:13pm

    You can now visit the tardis on google maps street view on earl court just.though you should know


      August 17th, 2013 - 3:34pm

      Yeah, my sister told me about it recently, and today, Spencer Kelly of the BBC series ‘Click’ also gave it a brief mention.

      It’s brilliant 😀

    • dalek 105

      August 26th, 2013 - 7:10pm

      yes i have done it i would recomend it to anyone

  • The Flying Shark

    August 15th, 2013 - 7:13pm

    I saw this on Tuesday! It’s really big!

    • geronimo2605

      August 16th, 2013 - 10:54am

      Me too, it’s incredible to finally see it so close up!!!!

  • Dalek sec

    August 14th, 2013 - 1:06pm

    How nostalgic. I bet the people who helped bring this console to life, never imagined that it will still carry an iconic significance in 50 years.


      August 14th, 2013 - 7:18pm

      Very true 😉

      Pity that the director of ‘An Unearthly Child’, Waris Hussain, admitted on the DVD for the very 1st Doctor Who story that he never really liked the original Tardis console room set.

      He felt that it was put together very quickly by designer Peter Brachacki, and that the original console lacked in anything technological, but also stated, as you yourself did have said, that the design of the console has indeed become iconic 😀

  • the astroanout of death

    August 14th, 2013 - 10:06am

    going on the 28th so exited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Matt Smithy

    August 14th, 2013 - 9:09am

    Only 100 days now until this is shown on TV 😀

    • Adam

      August 15th, 2013 - 3:30pm

      how do you know they haven’t confirmed when An Adventure in Space and Time is on or are you referring to 50th anniversary special


    August 14th, 2013 - 3:52am

    its awesome

  • karl

    August 13th, 2013 - 7:26pm

    well that’s just plain stupid, there’s only a two bar railing – anyone can jump over and steal that type 40 tardis!

    • C@A

      August 16th, 2013 - 9:47pm

      I assume that the railing is more a safety feature than a security feature; given the Time Lord technology already seen in the programme, security would be far more complex than that.

  • The 17th Cyberman

    August 13th, 2013 - 4:01pm

    It looks great!

    • Cybermen Rule

      August 15th, 2013 - 8:29pm

      Lol me and you have same photo

  • Anonymous

    August 13th, 2013 - 10:21am

    Gleaming white? It’s green, just as the original was. You can even see it in the picture.

  • thedaleksdeath

    August 12th, 2013 - 8:16pm

    😮 OMG CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!! Considring I’m going there on Sunday, it’ll be a plesure to see the TARDIS. The original you might say. 😀

  • TheWhomobile

    August 12th, 2013 - 8:04pm

    I definitely need to pay another visit to Cardiff now!

  • The11thdoctorThe2nd

    August 12th, 2013 - 6:50pm

    Going in 10 days!! This will be so amazing to see!!! 😀


    August 12th, 2013 - 6:41pm

    BRILLIANT !!!!!!. I love the fact that it’s right next to the 1983 version shown in the above picture.

  • Tardis’nt

    August 12th, 2013 - 5:24pm

    Wow! They sure made that fast!

  • doc fan

    August 12th, 2013 - 5:22pm



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