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2005 Tardis Console Reference

Started by FloppyDiskNinja, Aug 09, 2012, 10:04 am

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Aug 09, 2012, 10:04 am Last Edit: Jan 17, 2013, 12:57 pm by Scarfwearer
Hello builders,

The tardis builders current reference page for the 2005 Console is a bit messy

So I am going to apply as much time as I can to make this page compress all the facts we know about the real prop
and  alternative methods of re-creating this fantastic set.

In this cut down version of the original I will only import the best bits, showing the highest detail
and most useful information to make it easy to access and...Just um, nice.

Let us start with this pic:

I will use this to show where the bits that I find fit on the console.


Aug 09, 2012, 10:40 am #1 Last Edit: Sep 06, 2012, 06:51 am by FloppyDiskNinja
wayne venomous has tracked down a possible handbrake used on the prop
here it is for comparison with the real prop.

"...Vauxhall Corsa (or Opel Corsa, Holden Barina or Chevrolet Chevy depending where you are in the world) handbrake"


Its place:


Aug 09, 2012, 10:59 am #2 Last Edit: Sep 06, 2012, 06:55 am by FloppyDiskNinja
I am not 100 percent sure but a part has been Identified by whovian-almighty as a radiator valve
here it is for comparison.


images.jpg Valve.png


Sep 05, 2012, 01:02 pm #3 Last Edit: Sep 06, 2012, 06:23 am by FloppyDiskNinja
I have recently re discovered the wallpaper animation for the tardis screen


hehehe, in windows xp you can set your wallpaper to a .swf or .gif and make the animation your background

for Active Desktop
go to:
Display Properties > Desktop Tab > Customize Desktop > Web Tab > Click New Then Browse To Locate .swf Or .gif.

Hope this helps,


Nov 10, 2012, 03:33 am #4 Last Edit: Jan 10, 2013, 04:19 am by FloppyDiskNinja
This tardis is the coolest looking "Dogs Breakfast" In my opinion,
however this presents some challenges when It comes to recreation.
See this thing:
It is a deflection coil from a cathode ray tube, I pulled apart a crt to confirm this, Here is a different one for comparison

Update: after speaking with a retired tv repairsman it was found that the deflection coils are from either a small tv or,
it is more likely to be a cro (Cathode Ray Oscilloscope)


Jan 14, 2013, 10:22 am #5 Last Edit: Jan 17, 2013, 08:01 am by FloppyDiskNinja
The prop its self was ''Dressed" By a company called bobs bits. "Bobs Bits is a specialist supplier of hi-tech & futuristic set dressing and prop dressing components, antique & vintage technology. (They) also have an increasing range of period, contemporary, futuristic & fictional props."
You can visit the site here...http://www.bobsbits.tv/
They have changed their website recently (I read on Jan 15 2013)
And are still in operation today.


Some of the parts include:

"TARDIS Central control Console #1...

...Bob's Bits supplied most of the dressing in this shot, including the turbine at the front, the large hard drive hub, 3 legged aluminium casting, 2 hard drive motors, control panel, aircraft control lever assembly (top left), period knobs & dials.
                                                                                             Bobs Bits 1.jpg

TARDIS Central control Console #2

... Bob's Bits here include the foreground blue glass insulator, the round aluminium casting in the centre, the boat control with lever, aluminium casting, several hard drive motors, green anodised Formula One clutch plate, period variable resistor, aircraft control lever assembly."
                                                                                            Bobs Bits 2.jpg

Sources: http://www.bobsbits.tv/
             kiwidoc : http://tardisbuilders.com/index.php?topic=1111.msg49016;topicseen#msg49016


Jan 17, 2013, 09:34 am #6 Last Edit: Jan 18, 2013, 07:19 am by FloppyDiskNinja
The three section rheostat is a major part of the 2005 console, it seems to be the only thing that has not blown up
or court fire, it has survived the crashes and time (travel) its self.

As far as I know. the rheostat on the console is not commercially available, it was almost certainly built by someone.
But the three hexagonal rheostats that seem to be run in parallel are very old rheostats and also seem to be very hard to track down.
this one is off an old eBay listing...
Rio 1.JPG


That 3-section rheostate has quite a few ebay listings today, most about £30.