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Master's TARDIS as seen in The Time Monster

Started by rocket, Aug 30, 2010, 12:54 pm

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galacticprobe

Mar 26, 2017, 04:40 am #15 Last Edit: Mar 26, 2017, 04:41 am by galacticprobe
I think you've hit it on the head with the depth, Tony. Looking at the photo where the Master's TARDIS' right corner is aimed straight at us, it gives us a good look at the floor planks. Normally floor planks like that are roughly 6 inches wide, and while they are almost at a perfect 45-degree angle to the Master's TARDIS, you can still count 8 planks between the TARDIS' right front and right rear corners. So even taking into account the angle (and visualizing turning the TARDIS so it sits parallel with the planks), you still have 8 planks' width between front and rear: 6 inches x 8 planks = 48 inches.

This is, of course, before mills starting shaving down the width of their planks so a 6-inch planks isn't quite 6 inches wide, so I think those measurements will hold up. And even if the planks are slightly narrower than 6 inches wide, there is still a gap (filled in) between each plank, which should make up that difference. So again the measurements for a 48-inch width hold up.

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

tony farrell

Mar 26, 2017, 11:52 am #16 Last Edit: Mar 26, 2017, 11:52 am by Tony Farrell
Ah, no Dino, the maths wouldn't work out like that:

The floor boards are more likely to be painted onto the studio floor rather than being real. Even if they were real and were 6" wide, the fact that they are at an angle of more-or-less exactly 45 degrees to the Master's Tardis means that a right-angled triangle is formed.  

This means that it is the hypotenuse of the triangle which is parallel to the side of his Tardis. If the two sides of a right-angled triangle are 6", i.e., the width of the floorboards, then it's hypotenuse is 8.49".

8 x 8.49 = 67.92.

Five feet eight inches is clearly too great a depth. As I say, the figure for the depth of the Master's Tardis is very difficult to establish because it isn't square-on to the camera. My best estimate for its depth is 48" (for the reasons I've explained). But unlike the height and width which can be calculated from 'known' dimensions, its depth is purely an estimate.

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galacticprobe

Mar 27, 2017, 06:06 am #17 Last Edit: Mar 27, 2017, 06:14 am by galacticprobe
Quote from: Tony Farrell on Mar 26, 2017, 11:52 am
The floor boards are more likely to be painted onto the studio floor rather than being real.

More likely, those floor boards would have been made by carefully laying down strips of thin, dark tape rather than painting the floor - faster, easier to clean up afterwards, and easier to repair scuffing damage; just stick another strip of tape down and not have to wait for paint to dry. (Or maybe they had a section of the studio where the floor was made with wood planks for when such a floor was needed.) Either way, it's something I hadn't thought of.

Quote from: Tony Farrell on Mar 26, 2017, 11:52 am
Even if they were real and were 6" wide, the fact that they are at an angle of more-or-less exactly 45 degrees to the Master's Tardis means that a right-angled triangle is formed.  

This means that it is the hypotenuse of the triangle which is parallel to the side of his Tardis. If the two sides of a right-angled triangle are 6", i.e., the width of the floorboards, then it's hypotenuse is 8.49".

8 x 8.49 = 67.92.

Five feet eight inches is clearly too great a depth.

Erm... yeah... something else I hadn't thought of. (Darn those odd prop placements! :))

Quote from: Tony Farrell on Mar 26, 2017, 11:52 am
As I say, the figure for the depth of the Master's Tardis is very difficult to establish because it isn't square-on to the camera. My best estimate for its depth is 48" (for the reasons I've explained).

And I completely agree with that estimate. I was just trying to help think of a way to firm up the estimate and thought the floor lines' spacing might have helped with that. (My uncle had a saying about "what thought did", but it's not for polite company. Needless to say, however, that saying applies to me. :P)

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