How To Build A TARDIS

How do you build a TARDIS? Well, if you ask the Doctor, he’ll shake his head sadly and say, ‘they were grown, not built.’ He’s not very helpful really, but maybe he’s just worried about the human race advancing too far.


So the most we can do is build a blue box that can’t get you to the year 5.5/apple/26, isn’t powered by the Eye of Harmony, and can’t be utilised by a living planetoid to try to get from a bubble universe into our main one. Still reading? Good.

The idea of having your very own TARDIS is a pretty darn cool one anyway, don’t you think? And for those who want to build one, the TARDIS Builders website is perfect, detailing both the consistently-iconic exterior and the ever-in-flux interior. BBC News’ Technology Correspondent, Mark Ward, has explored this cult fascination, introducing us to Yoz, who has built a TARDIS in her living room! She says:

“It seems natural to me to want to have a TARDIS. I could not stop thinking about it and the only solution, the only way to get this idea out of my head, was to build it. To do it.”

Her ideal TARDIS is the one piloted by Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison; building it has taken her about a year – and it’s still not finished, as she explains:

“I’m still not entirely happy with it. The final stage is to make it dirty so it looks like it has been used.”

Head over to TARDIS Builders and you’ll discover a wonderful world of dedication and love. There are floor plans, fan creations, specific details about roundels (that’s an anorak topic, yes, but then if you’re on Kasterborous, you’re probably a bit of an anorak), TARDIS sightings, prop building, tutorials… In fact, I’m pretty sure the site is bigger on the inside.

Royal TARDIS visitThe current TARDIS interior, which debuted in The Snowmen, was designed by Michael Pickwoad, who has been working on the series since 2010’s A Christmas Carol. He told Ward:

“The colours have changed and it’s now slightly bluer than it was. If I was to do another one, another box, we might paint it a different hue of the same colour.”

That set is now open to the public (well, as long as you book in advance) as part of a Doctor Who Experience tour until late August. It’s also the console room that will appear in the 50th anniversary special in November and, presumably, the place where – blub – the Eleventh Doctor will regenerate at Christmas.

Kasterborous Associate Editor, Brian A. Terranova is a keen prop maker and cosplayer; his Facebook profile is littered with beautiful photos of, say, the Tenth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver, fob watches, the First Doctor’s library card, that crystal thing that Turlough uses to communicate with the Black Guardian – and then some. Head over and have a look!

You can read Mark Ward’s full report here, and don’t forget to head over to TARDIS Builders to explore.


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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