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Started by vinster95, Oct 14, 2014, 01:38 am

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Oct 14, 2014, 01:38 am Last Edit: Mar 02, 2018, 10:02 pm by Scarfwearer
Exclusive shot not featured in trailer.

Miniature exterior replica! Something to look forward to.


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Oct 14, 2014, 03:42 pm #1 Last Edit: Oct 14, 2014, 03:44 pm by Elvis Gump
I think we've already seen the mini-TARDIS prop. If you look at the rocky beach scene at the end of "Mummy on the Orient Express" the TARDIS in the background seems to be that smaller prop. Look at the scale of the rocks near their feet and look at the scale of the distant rocks at the base of what is supposed to be a full scale TARDIS.


It makes sense to have such a scale exterior because you can get away with making it look farther away and use it to do faster set-ups on location if you can get away with it visually.


I'm not convinced that's the miniature at the end of Mummy on the Orient Express.


Oct 14, 2014, 08:32 pm #3 Last Edit: Mar 02, 2018, 10:01 pm by Scarfwearer
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Back door(s)!
Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff


Well, I knew they had a hole at the bottom to supply electricity to the lights, but it is quite funny to see the TARDIS have a second door ;D . I do say though, that lamp looks astonishingly shoddy.

- Tom
"When I was a young man, I had liberty, but I did not see it. I had time, but I did not know it. And I had love, but I did not feel it. Many decades would pass before I understood the meaning of all three."


Oct 15, 2014, 05:52 pm #5 Last Edit: Mar 02, 2018, 10:01 pm by Scarfwearer
the TARDIS is soooooo tiny :D! I neeeds one.


Interesting, apart from the special effect (and the color and high resolution), how much the photography of that little TARDIS looks like the model shots of the TARDIS that opened so many of the old Hartnell episodes.
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.


I'm a bit curious if they used the 5 inch action figure scaled TARDIS toy. The lamp looks different though.
There's no point being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes.

-The Doctor


Oct 16, 2014, 05:23 am #8 Last Edit: Oct 16, 2014, 05:33 am by galacticprobe
Quote from: whofan88 on Oct 16, 2014, 02:50 am
I'm a bit curious if they used the 5 inch action figure scaled TARDIS toy.

Wouldn't surprise me a bit. It would be an easy way to save a little money - and time - buying a ready-made that's probably only going to be used for a one-off episode.

Quote from: whofan88 on Oct 16, 2014, 02:50 am
The lamp looks different though.

That could be an in-house modification to make the toy TARDIS look like they didn't just pull one off the shelf. It wouldn't be the first time something like that's been done. Back in the 1960s, Irwin Allen practically bought out the supply of Remco's 'Lost In Space' Robot toy to use in his episode "The Mechanical Men", where hundreds of little 'bots looking just like the Robinson's Robot invaded. Allen used the toys, giving them paint jobs in various combinations of silver and black, rather than use them as Remco made them which was in varying combinations of red, blue, and black. (Although, Allen did give the Mechanical Men's leader an all-over purple paint job to make him stand out - as if being on that 4-foot high pedestal wasn't enough!)

Another instance was in the ST: TOS episode "The Doomsday Machine". Rather than have the props guys build another starship model to film, one of the guys on the team used his broken AMT/Ertle U.S.S. Enterprise model. They just painted on a different name, used the same decals for the numbers, just switched around (which is why the damaged Constellation had the anagram number of '1017'), and just added some blast marks. Simple, yet effective. (Although with the new remastering they've actually CGI'd the Constellation, so that innovative model work went by the wayside.)

I'm sure there are other examples, but those two really spring to mind and do get the idea across.

So maybe the BBC props guys did get one of the toy TARDISes, and just did a quick lamp switch-a-roo. It's possible.

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