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Started by qmarus, May 05, 2013, 12:48 pm

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May 05, 2013, 12:48 pm Last Edit: May 05, 2013, 01:05 pm by qmarus
I noticed while watching the episode "Cold War" that when the TARDIS initially appears the way the light reflects on the sign makes it look like the letters are raised on white frosted glass.

Looking for other opinions, is it just a trick of the light or do folks think the lettering is raised on the sign.

Also good picture of the two handles.  Thanks to for the screen capture.d11-11y-c048.jpg

By the way this is my first post, I'm new to the board.  Planning a build this summer and have been collecting lots of great information.



May 05, 2013, 01:30 pm #1 Last Edit: May 05, 2013, 01:55 pm by galacticprobe
Greetings, Joe (qmarus), and welcome to the family!

Your eyes are not deceiving you. On the Matt Smith TARDIS, the Phone Panel does have raised lettering: always did since her appearance at the end of "The Eleventh Hour". In the early Smith episodes, when the panel was lit in darkened areas, you could see the lighter areas around the raised lettering. (Check out this post here from marinedalek" - first photo in the next-to-last post. You can easily see the raised lettering and that light around it.)

Also, don't go by that strangely odd handle on the right door in "Cold War"; it still has some of us scratching our heads as this is the only time that handle appears on the TARDIS prop. The normal handle should just be a larger version of the handle on the Phone Panel as seen here (about three-quarters down the page, posted by slidin_sidewayz): prop handler carrying that door to the assembly location.

There are loads more images in the Section (just pick the Model Year you want, in this case I think it's - beware of Spoilers!). And also in the where you've got dizzying amounts of info under the and sub-boards.

(That should keep you busy for a while. I almost went into a coma due to sensory overload when I first started looking through things, and that was a few years ago; we've amassed more info and reference photos since!)

"What's wrong with being childish?! I like being childish." -3rd Doctor, "Terror of the Autons"


Thanks for the reply and the welcome.  I have been lurking for a while and have spent literally hours reading through past information here.  But somehow I still manage to find new stuff every time I look.

I was confused by the handle as I hadn't seen anything like it before in any other pictures. 


In regards to the door handle, I have come to the conclusion it's the normal one, but the centre divider is blocking the screw attachments, which makes it look like they aren't there.
Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff


May 07, 2013, 03:46 am #4 Last Edit: May 07, 2013, 04:11 am by galacticprobe
I don't mean to disagree with you, Bill, but the shape of that odd door handle is too curved for it to be the "normal" one with just its bolt holes hidden by the center divider. Compare the below grabs (cropped from Kingpin's larger images) showing the normal handle:
(Cropped image from slidin_sidewayz)



(Above three cropped image from Kingpin)

The normal handle doesn't have that curve, but is "flat" across most of its grab-hold area. (And for Kingpin's full-size images of these see his post here Just beware that there may still be a spoiler image or two on that page, but the above images are well past their two-week delay.)

If this was a "stunt" TARDIS front that was used (because of the water) then it's possible that this door was missing its handle, and at the last minute someone ran over to a desk and borrowed one of the drawer pulls (which is what this curved odd handle looks like) because it happened to be close to the right size, and just threw it on the door for that quick scene; they wouldn't need both bolt holes to line up - one bolt would hold the handle on. They probably thought "The scene will be so fast that no one will really notice." (Foolish prop-handler - he says with a snicker - for underestimating the scrutinizing eyes of the fans with DVRs and their PAUSE buttons!)

"What's wrong with being childish?! I like being childish." -3rd Doctor, "Terror of the Autons"


May 07, 2013, 11:56 am #5 Last Edit: May 07, 2013, 12:00 pm by BioDoctor900
Just to say, this is the handle which they have used on the 'Stunt' TARDIS, I believe that it is made of fibre glass as a few others noticed that the posts were wrong as well. As Galacticprobe has said this is due to the fact of them using water in the scene

This is what the handle on the stunt TARDIS is;


As apposed to the originals, although they have 2 screw holes rather than 4;


Hope this clears this up



Ok, I can now see the "arches" behind the main handle curvature.  Surprised they didn't "borrow" a handle from a hero prop.
Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff