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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


  • dr who 1999

    December 13th, 2012 - 6:14pm

    seen that intro before, and it would be good if the BBC used it. as for the tardis sound affect, it was used on “a good man goes to war” last year. i will find out if any other episode has it on

  • doctorwhoone

    December 13th, 2012 - 5:34pm

    I’m curtain it was a new series intro that did actually use the Tardis engine sounds just once. If I remembered which one it was I’d mention it.

    As for the new intro, I wounder what they’ve done to it ?.

    Maybe it should be like the one on YouTube called –

    Doctor Who Series 7 opening titles / intro 2012 /13 – VIEW IN HD

  • dr who 1999

    December 13th, 2012 - 5:25pm

    also A good man goes to war was the episode with the Tardis engine in the theme

  • dr who 1999

    December 13th, 2012 - 5:23pm

    yea, it is supposed too have some nods to the classic series title sequence. it was confirmed on Den of Geek

  • doctorwhoone

    December 13th, 2012 - 3:42pm

    Dr Who 1999 ? – What, seriously ?.

    They may as well just keep the current version of the title sequence, but just change the colour and the appearance of the logo like they have done during the 5 episodes of series 7 so far.

    As for the theme, I’d just leave it as it is, but maybe add the Tardis engine sounds into it like they actually did for one episode. Can’t remember which one it was.

  • dr who 1999

    December 13th, 2012 - 3:08pm

    new title sequence confirmed for this episode, not sure about a new theme…

  • doctorwhoone

    December 13th, 2012 - 2:07pm

    Ive seen the image today on the preview page for the next issue of Doctor Who Magazine and I must say it don’t really spoil anything about the new looks.

    It’s just a bit of the ceiling and the top half of the new Time Rotor so it’s nothing that shouts “SPOILER !” right in your face.

    Doctor Who Magazine does say thou that they will be showing pictures of the new look next issue so buy the time we see the pictures we will have already seen the new look for ourselves on screen in the Snowmen.

  • DoctorWhom

    December 13th, 2012 - 10:15am

    Boobo, DWM themselves published the image on their Twitter feed so it is in no way copying from the magazine and most people who have posted the image have used the one DWM supplied online rather than from the magazine.

  • John Smith

    December 13th, 2012 - 9:58am

    Okay, okay, okay. I thought that you’d be interested.

  • doctorwhoone

    December 13th, 2012 - 8:20am

    John Smith – Not everyone obviously wants to see pictures of something new like this new Tardis console room design, and that includes me.

    Personally I wish they had never said anything about a new Tardis console room design being featured in this years Christmas special, cos it would have been a great big surprise to see it for the first time on screen without any foreknowledge that it’s going to appear, let alone be showed off with some pictures before it turns up on screen.

    They should keep things like the new look Tardis quiet so we can all be shocked just as we all was when Jenna-Louise Coleman turned up in Asylum of the Daleks when none of us was expecting that, that’s the whole point of SURPRISE !!!!.

  • booboo

    December 13th, 2012 - 7:32am

    we don’t copy pictures from magazines

  • John Smith

    December 13th, 2012 - 5:24am

    Guys there’s new pictures of the new look TARDIS! Booboo you have to do an updated post for this and include those pictures! I was roaming around the net till I found one or two pictures on Google images and realized that they had come from doctor who magazine! You’d better take a look! 😀

  • dalek99

    December 12th, 2012 - 11:55pm

    looks cool i have on the edge of my seat to see this ever since my dad told me about it

  • doctorwhoone

    December 12th, 2012 - 8:21pm

    True. I feels like sometimes they can’t wait to replace something once it seems old in their eyes.

    Ive often felt the BBC logo itself could do with a change, it’s been the same for a little over 10 years since 1998 or something like that.

  • dr who 1999

    December 12th, 2012 - 7:59pm

    as much as this is exiting, i do wish the BBC could have waited a few more years before dumping the fine one that we only had for 2 years

  • doctorwhoone

    December 12th, 2012 - 4:09pm

    According to a video uploaded on Saturday on YouTube called ‘Doctor Who: Series 7: Part 2 – New Tardis Interior!!!! 2012-2013’ by YouTuber The Fall of the Eleventh –

    ‘It’s black, with a blue hue from the Time Rotor lighting the room with a red light in the middle and purple lights surrounding it. The Time Rotor looks very similar to the one in the Lodger Tardis’.

    So judging by the description, the new look 2013 Tardis will be a cross between the 8th Doctors Tardis and the one which turned out to belong to the Silence.

  • dr who 1999

    December 11th, 2012 - 8:11pm

    hey booboo, when are you going to update it, the new Dr who magazine have just revealed the Tardis console, looks a bit like the Paul mcgann version

  • The TARDIS

    December 10th, 2012 - 10:19pm

    Hopefully the sonic’ll stay the same! That’d be one too many changes for me…

  • BowtieWolf

    December 10th, 2012 - 6:06pm

    I really hope his outfit doesn’t change forever! D: And his sonic screwdriver, because I just bought one! Yeah….

  • The TARDIS

    December 10th, 2012 - 5:41pm

    How is it inferior? I can’t really see where people are coming from with their criticisms – if anything, it’s most aknowledging to the past ones, hopefully with a bit of everything! It’s impossible to judge as of yet anyway, having only seen what is presumably the bit above the console.

  • adam

    December 10th, 2012 - 4:57pm

    I don’t know about this tardis its quite inferior to the rest

  • The TARDIS

    December 10th, 2012 - 3:53pm

    Does it? Doesn’t suggest that to me, in fact I like the look of it! A return to a more traditional interior, maybe?

  • John Smith

    December 10th, 2012 - 9:39am

    Yeah I don’t want it to be a tiny little room either. I prefer the big, bold and exciting TARDIS interiors and if the Time rotor is small like it was in the Classic series… Well… Mr Moffat has screwed us over one too many times…

  • John Smith

    December 10th, 2012 - 9:35am

    But he does want to return.

  • John Smith

    December 10th, 2012 - 9:34am

    I know! Or save it till the end of the 50th as like one more surprise.

  • Will

    December 10th, 2012 - 8:09am

    Seriously you guys, why are you not sure about it? All you can see is the roof! You don’t judge a house by it’s roof. My complaint is that they shouldn’t be wasting their already tiny budget on new tardis consoles and spend it on better stories and sets.

  • SpaceBUZZlite

    December 10th, 2012 - 8:01am

    I’m not sure guys, this tardis just doesn’t sit well with me, it states that this Tardis may be smaller than the 9th and 10th doctors tardis, I just hope they remember the tardis is bigger in the inside than out :/

  • Anonymous

    December 9th, 2012 - 4:43pm

    New studios? Is it still in Cardiff?

  • doctorwhoone

    December 9th, 2012 - 3:58pm

    That was actually my original thought yes. Maybe the reasons for this change to the Tardis console room is because –

    A) As you said, the Doctor has changed the Tardis interior in order to help him move on from losing them.


    B) As the 50th anniversary is fast approaching next year, the Tardis has been changed to perhaps reflect on 50 years of adventures, or something like that at least.

  • Kroton

    December 9th, 2012 - 3:46pm

    i think the old one remindes him too much of the ponds, so as he is tyring to get over them, he changed it, and so he forgets about them and continues to save the world and comes out of ‘retirement’!

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