New, New TardisBuilders!
Started by markofrani, Dec 01, 2007, 05:13 pm
Quote from: tescotardis on Jul 02, 2010, 05:52 am(Still working on figuring out a "snap my fingers" way to open the doors.)
Quote from: galacticprobe on Jul 02, 2010, 04:17 am(I think I've also heard somewhere that the 8th Doctor's key was an actual "Spirit of Light" key that was produced as a TARDIS key replica back in the mid 1980s, that someone had on hand for the 1996 movie. (I think I also heard they covered over the "Spirit of Light" words across the "T".) It's all rumor, of course, but if it is true, and if you're lucky enough to own one of the Spirit of Light keys, then you've really got an authentic prop. (I lost mine at a horribly overcrowded Creation Convention in NYC back in 1987. Still tears me up thinking about that.)
Quote from: Scarfwearer on Jul 03, 2010, 03:43 pmAlso presumably not to be confused with Who Props prop building website (http://whoprops.proboards.com) that we're affiliated with... Crispin
Quote from: Borusa on Jul 04, 2010, 10:10 amThat has got to be one of my favorite posts! It's full of great information - showing how important it is to do it yourself when possible and practical (the knock-offs tend to be inaccurate) - plus that fan boy story is funny as hell!
Quote from: galacticprobe on Jul 04, 2010, 05:39 amAnd right now, Amazon has several keys on sale:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FQF2JK/ref=s9_simh_gw_p21_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0207KZPN8TE797RWE0ER&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846This key seems to be the most recent "model" on the market, and far from accurate. (It looks like its main part was stamped out of a piece of metal, like a washer would be, as the top edges are rounded. I've seen the back of this particular key and it slightly sticks up which is why I think it was "stamped" out.)Then they have this one:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TK9AX2/ref=s9_simh_gw_p21_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=11RZV29V68XP55HQP92X&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846Not sure who's making this one, but unless they've posted the picture backwards, they've got the Kasterborous constellation backwards on the back (see my previous posts showing the back of the key).And then there is my personal favorite:http://www.amazon.com/Baker-Style-Tardis-Chain-1970%60s/dp/B003TI253K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=miscellaneous&qid=1278226443&sr=8-4This one I can personally say is cast from light-weight aluminum. The front is highly inaccurate, and unless the molds have changed the back of the key is blank. I should know; this is exactly the first TARDIS key I ever bought at a SciFi convention, the first con I ever went to: "GendoCon" in Norfolk, VA, held at Old Dominion University back in 1983 (it was the only TARDIS key available at the time, and the only one I still have... for now).OK... adjusting those drift compensators again... TARDIS keys.Above is what I've got regarding the ankh/spade keys. Feel free to add (or criticize) as required.Dino.
Quote from: hb88banzai on Jul 05, 2010, 10:10 amI contacted the guy at doctorwhoprops a few years ago, when I first saw that he had the original prop, or at least one that was purported to come from Pertwee himself (the drawings resulting from my own research on the key back in 1986 confirmed that he either had the original or one very close to it - there are differences that I have to go back to double check weren't just TV and VCR artifacts, though). I asked him if it might be possible to get a picture of the back as my own drawings based on what I had seen (not knowing that there might have been two versions of the prop back then) were a bit different than all the replicas I've seen, but he said no, no way. He essentially said that he wanted to make sure that nobody could copy it, for whatever reasons.
Quote from: hb88banzai on Jul 05, 2010, 10:10 amPer his site, the Pertwee version of the key was made from a high copper content alloy. Alloy of what wasn't specified, but the shapes on the front were apparently brazed or soldered onto the main body of the key.
Quote from: hb88banzai on Jul 05, 2010, 10:10 amBTW - besides the so-so pictures in Pyramids (so-so when compared to the pics of the front in Spiders, anyway), there was also a quick flash of the back that seemed very revealing in Genesis of the Daleks. Unfortunately I don't have Genesis on DVD, just Pyramids - and thanks for reminding me, I need to go back and take some digital caps in Pyramid. For that matter I have to go back and take a look at my old screen caps (old school - 35mm off the TV from max-speed Betamax recordings) and my original drawings (if I can find them - the c. 1989 2-bit scans I do have of them leave a bit to be desired).The frustrating thing is that there are no real usable pics of the back of Pertwee's key (if indeed different) and all the pics of front and back of the key from the Tom Baker series are pretty far away and/or moving. There a few publicity stills that offer glimpses, but they generally show only tiny parts of the key dangling from Tom's neck (early pictures of him posing with Daleks).
Quote from: galacticprobe on Jul 05, 2010, 06:39 pmSince that day Philip Segal has held a special place on every sheet of bathroom tissue I've ever used.