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December 8th, 2012 97 comments

Sneak Peek at Brand New Tardis Interior

Sneak Peek at Brand New Tardis

The BBC’s Doctor Who has revealed a sneak peak at a brand new TARDIS that will debut in this year’s Christmas special, The Snowmen. The second TARDIS for Matt Smith it will be the first TARDIS for new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), who makes her entrance on Christmas Day at 5:15pm on BBC ONE.

The new set was designed by Michael Pickwoad, the show’s production designer, and will be home to the Doctor and Clara as they travel through space and time when the adventure continues in spring 2013 with eight epic episodes.

With thanks to BBC Pictures.

Returning to screens on Christmas Day, it’s all change for Matt Smith’s Doctor with a new costume, a new hat and minus Amy Pond. Here he talks about what fans can expect from this festive treat and family tradition.

“Lots of snow and a rather good villain.” Matt is chatting enthusiastically about this year’s Christmas special, The Snowmen. Set in a Victorian snow-covered England, the episode opens with the Doctor feeling more ‘bah humbug’ than festive, as he struggles to get over the loss of his companions the Ponds.

“He is slightly removed and not at his best,” explains Matt. But after the Doctor meets a feisty young governess, Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, do we see a change in the Doctor? “You get to see a different side to him,” Matt explains. “She is a very different to Amy Pond. That is the great thing about this show,” he continues, “reinvention – it keeps me as an actor on my toes!”

As well as seeing Matt Smith’s Doctor for the first time without his old companions, Matt will be sporting a new costume, complete with top hat. “It is a bit like the Doctor meets the Artful Dodger,” says Matt.

So can we expect to see a period of grieving following the loss of the Ponds? “Grieving has its place,” says Matt, “but it is important to show that and then propel back into adventure!”

And that is exactly what this Christmas special does. Matt reveals that this Christmas the Doctor will embark on a dangerous adventure – a quest that leads him to Darkover House, where something sinister is lurking.

As well as guest starring Tom Ward (Silent Witness), Richard E Grant features as this year’s villain, Doctor Simeon. “He was a delight and brilliant at being villainous. Some actors are just made for the show and he was one of them. And he looked wonderful in Victorian garb,” says Matt.

Now a family tradition, Matt is chuffed to be part of the Christmas special. “I love being part of them. Family TV on Christmas day is a great tradition and Doctor Who is at the heart of that.”

So will Matt be making an appointment to watch on Christmas day? “Absolutely, I can’t wait.”

The 2005 Tardis console

Click here to view information and pictures on previous Tardis interiors


  • doctorwhoone

    December 9th, 2012 - 2:28pm

    I like to think that because the Doctor knows that some day he will reach the fields of Trenzalore, and that the first question being ‘Doctor Who ?’ might get answered [but I doubt it 😀 ], the Doctor may have changed the Tardis interior to reflect on his past incarnations and his Gallifreyan heritage, but mixing features from the various console room designs of his past 10 incarnations, with familiar Gallifreyan features such as the Seal of Rassilon, the new series Time Lord seal, and the use of the circular Gallifreyan text above the console.

    Just a thought thou, it may not be why his decided to change it.

  • Anonymous

    December 9th, 2012 - 2:12pm

    I think the new tardis is a bit smaller, so maybe the new studio was smaller and couldn’t fit the old one in, so had to build a whole new one, instead of just reducing the old one! And there is a pic I’d it in the DWM next week I think!!!

  • Timelord3

    December 9th, 2012 - 12:50pm

    This will be good as there is going to be an episode set fully in the tardis, journey to the centre of the tardis, so there will be a whole new setting. All though journey to the centre to the tardis might not be set in the tardis just a guess but the name makes me think its fully set in the tardis.

  • The fields of trenzalore

    December 9th, 2012 - 12:17pm

    I’m not buying the new figures

  • Scott

    December 9th, 2012 - 12:11pm

    Hmm, I’m not to sure about this. Change is good but everything seems to be changing for this half series. It also looks as though the TARDIS might be back to the boring grey coloring it used to have… oh well I might be in for a surprise.

  • booboo

    December 9th, 2012 - 10:36am

    new era and i dint think they could move the old one to the new studios so makes sense now – besides good excuse for a new playset for the 3.75″ figures next year

  • pupbenny

    December 9th, 2012 - 10:08am

    Although I don’t mind change in Doctor Who, in fact I like it, I tihnk it’s a disgrace really that they’re changing the interior of the TARDIS now. 😛 I mean, the 2005 TARDIS was there for 5 years. The current TARDIS started in series 5 and hasn’t even made it through all the way of series 7. It’s been the TARDIS for under 2 years. 😛 It hasn’t made it’s mark, it’s more like it’s a pit-stop. And I don’t like that. 😛 What do you think Booboo?

  • The fields of trenzalore

    December 9th, 2012 - 8:55am

    I want a twist where at the end,doctor Simeon puts on his eye patch and reveals he is working for the silence,then we get trenzalore and all that to come

  • drs assistant sadie

    December 9th, 2012 - 7:59am

    i like the new tardis look ….. the reason dr who is popular is because of its changes with times. after a couple of episodes people will forget the old tardis

  • John Smith

    December 9th, 2012 - 7:47am

    This argument again? Look, the Master can’t die. He’s like Moriarty. Without him Doctor Who will loose a great enemy and hundreds of views! The Writers/Producers of the show know that and as for Richard E as the Valeyard. That’d be good, but I can’t see him as the Doctor’s darker side in this story somehow. Maybe, but probably not.

  • John Smith

    December 9th, 2012 - 7:43am

    They should be saving money, not wasting it! They need it so that they can put lot’s of money towards the last few episodes near the 23rd of November!

  • John Smith

    December 9th, 2012 - 7:41am

    But there was no point in having to change the TARDIS interior! They already did one or two changes in the interior during Series 7a? Oh well. i guess it’s a 50th Anniversary thing?!

  • crazy guy

    December 9th, 2012 - 4:57am

    actually to be honest i am looking forward to seeing the new tardis look. i like change. and when people say this is bad well the episodes are not about the tardis controll room. although there is one thing i was thinking about if they will change it to the new one in the experince

  • Anonymous

    December 9th, 2012 - 12:21am

    i think this is me not liking doctor who anymore this has utterly dissapointed me, i love the tardis as it is, there is no need to change, silly people. They made a replica tardis before im sure they can again for god sake

  • Esterath

    December 8th, 2012 - 10:18pm

    No. They couldn’t move the TARDIS to Roath Lock so they had to build a new one.

  • Don’t diss the Sonic!!!

    December 8th, 2012 - 9:53pm

    NOOOO!!! I love the Tardis as it is. It’s the biggest Tardis there’s ever been and i love the everything about it: the parts of the console that look like ordinary Earth tools but actually work the Tardis; the stairs that leed away from the console room that go high and low; the glass foor; just really the amount of the Tardis you can see beneath the console and the massive size of it is definetely worthy of the popular saying “it’s bigger on the inside”. If this is the main console room that is being changed, I’m very worried they may mess it up but im sure Steven Moffat made sure that wouldn’t happen. I would prefer it if it was another controle room instead of the main one but the from the descriptions i’ve read of it, it sounds all right. There’s this one description that has a part that kind of makes me worried:
    “The time rotor looks very similar to the one in the Lodger TARDIS. It looks much smaller than the current version, perhaps even smaller than Nine and Ten’s console room.”
    When it gets to the second sentence, im unsure whether it is still talking about the time rotor or if it’s talking about the console room, and if this is definetely about the main console room and not just the rotor then im really worried about it. I don’t want the Tardis to go back to a tiny controle room that doesn’t seem to lead to anywhere; this series has been given an insanely massive budget so surely if they’re redoing the interior of the Tardis then the motto should be “the bigger the better”, only if it’s not the main controle room will i feel ok about it. Hoepfully if they change the colours of the room and a bit of the console room but if the actual console and the floor around it stayed basically the same then the rest of the Tardis, whether the markings on the interior or spiral stairs was added or something like that, then i might be happy with it.

  • That Snowman over there

    December 8th, 2012 - 9:04pm

    “The BBC’s Doctor Who has revealed a sneak peak at a brand new TARDIS that will debut in this year’s Christmas special, The Snowmen.”

  • Anonymous

    December 8th, 2012 - 9:00pm

    Will this be in the Christmas special


    December 8th, 2012 - 8:50pm

    This means the doctor who experience will have to change its matt smith console

  • Dalek Jake

    December 8th, 2012 - 7:59pm

    Oh No!!! I love the current console!

  • Anonymous

    December 8th, 2012 - 7:36pm

    SCAM to make us buy a new playset :/

  • crazy guy

    December 8th, 2012 - 6:34pm

    actually john simmn does want to return

  • Whovian

    December 8th, 2012 - 6:14pm

    Where’s the doctor’s top hat? top hats are cool 🙂


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  • doctorwhoone

    December 8th, 2012 - 3:11pm

    Ive always found Davros to be the more evil one when it comes to him and the Master.

    They should being back Davros for a 2nd time this series. I’d love to see him talking to a paradigm Dalek, which I believe he did not design in terms of their casing, and he becomes fascinated with the paradigm Daleks casing and abilities.

  • doctorwhoone

    December 8th, 2012 - 3:07pm

    Part of it. It’s part of the ceiling above the console.

  • doctorwhoone

    December 8th, 2012 - 3:06pm

    True, plus where not sure from the Doctors point of view how much time has passed for him since losing Amy and Rory. For all we know his been living in Victorian London for nearly or well over a year by the time we meet him again in this years Christmas Special.

  • doctorwhoone

    December 8th, 2012 - 3:05pm

    John Simm has denied rumours of returning as the Master.

  • doctorwhoone

    December 8th, 2012 - 3:04pm

    Dark perhaps, but not quite sinister, after all, we’ve only seen part of this new look console rooms roof, not the entire room yet.

  • That Snowman over there

    December 8th, 2012 - 2:49pm

    It was most likely just another little change like the railings in Series 6. 🙂

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