The Tom Yardley Jones TARDIS (Original) (1980)

Started by Dematerialiser, Feb 12, 2009, 02:08 pm

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Feb 12, 2009, 02:08 pm Last Edit: Sep 12, 2016, 04:33 pm by rassilonsrod
The Tom Yardley Jones TARDIS (Original)
Era: 1980 (The Leisure Hive) -  End of classic series (1989)


A new producer, a new style show and a new look TARDIS. Tom Yardley-Jones created the design of this new prop, his intension was to go back to the roots of the original Police Box look. Unlike the previous models, this TARDIS was cast in fibre glass and not a timber construction, later in 1986 a duplicate prop was cast and both were used right up until the original programme's end in 1989.

Please feel free to add photo references for this prop here, making sure that your photo is of the prop used during the correct era above.


Sep 19, 2009, 07:18 pm #1 Last Edit: Jan 24, 2010, 08:59 pm by scarfwearer
Some more pics...



Sep 20, 2009, 10:03 pm #2 Last Edit: Jan 24, 2010, 09:00 pm by scarfwearer
Brilliant shots thanks so much for sharing with us all.

Rassilons Rod

Sep 21, 2009, 06:51 am #3 Last Edit: Jan 24, 2010, 09:00 pm by scarfwearer
Interesting how the handle moves from the centre post to the door (though I don't know if thats a front or back thing).

And also that the centre post invades the stepped lintel in Logopolis and not later on...
In the cities in the streets there's a tension you can feel,
The breaking strain is fast approaching, guns and riots.
Politicians gamble and lie to save their skins,
And the press get fed the scapegoats,
Public Enema Number One.


Sep 21, 2009, 02:26 pm #4 Last Edit: Jan 24, 2010, 09:00 pm by scarfwearer
It seems after Logopolis, they did some minor changes in the box, one of which was the removal of the 4th step from the then front doors.  Before the start of season 20, they did major repairs to the prop (see Time Flight for its previous state). When they did that, it was decided to flip the prop around and have the old back doors become the new front doors.  It remained that orientation for the rest of the shows run, with a couple of exceptions.
Bill Rudloff


Recently I have been reviewing some DVDs to see the fine details of the TYJ TARDIS.
The above shots I found on Tumbler.
The four shots above show that the windows are not as deeply recessed as the regular recessed panels. Interesting.
the letters of the Police Box top sign are sort of translucent gray rather than white. .....
a distance shot for profile.
the sign looks a little distressed in this image.
inside look at the door pane, where the hinges would go.
more hinge.
a look at the roof.
a Downward glance at the base of the box.
Close up detail.
a little battered.
why doesn't the Guide mention them? - Oh, it's not very accurate.
Oh? - I'm researching the new edition.


Mar 10, 2014, 11:07 pm #6 Last Edit: Mar 10, 2014, 11:07 pm by galacticprobe
I noticed that the first few photos show the top signs to have frames much like the New Series TARDIS, with definite white lettering. The photos lower down show the top sign boxes have gotten thicker frames and that's when the lettering turned greyish (and translucent?).

I'm guessing the thin-framed sign boxes are on the TY-J Mk I and the thick-framed sign boxes are on the TY-J Mk II?

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


I believe the first three shots were from a Police Box near the Blue Peter garden - I think that is was always on display there - or it was used for publicity but not necessarily used in the series. I think those photos were from an article in "the Mirror".
why doesn't the Guide mention them? - Oh, it's not very accurate.
Oh? - I'm researching the new edition.


Mar 12, 2014, 02:55 am #8 Last Edit: Mar 12, 2014, 12:42 pm by warmcanofcoke
I'm not precisely certain if these images are from the TYJ Mk I or the TYJ Mk II box but here are some detail images from Mark of the Rani.

The Roof

The Bottom

This post has seen better days
why doesn't the Guide mention them? - Oh, it's not very accurate.
Oh? - I'm researching the new edition.


Interesting.  It doesn't have the pronounced square base to the lamp that I associate with the TYJ box.
"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.


It looks like the square base of the lamp vanished between the final episode of 1982 (Time Flight) and the first episode of 1983 (Snakedance).  If I had to speculate, maybe they decided (after filming in the tighter confines of the Airport in 1982) to remove the block beneath the lamp to me the overall height of the TARDIS prop a little shorter.

in the Time and the Rani shots you can see the spot where the block used to be, and where they've patched up the hole to try match the pitch of the sloped roof.


If I recall correctly in Snakedance all we see of the TARDIS is the doors behind a bead curtain. ..... so it could be the entire prop may not have been erected on set at that time. It may have just been a set of doors.
why doesn't the Guide mention them? - Oh, it's not very accurate.
Oh? - I'm researching the new edition.

Theta Sigma

Mar 13, 2014, 12:13 am #12 Last Edit: Mar 13, 2014, 12:16 am by Theta Sigma
Quote from: volpone on Mar 12, 2014, 05:37 pm
Interesting.  It doesn't have the pronounced square base to the lamp that I associate with the TYJ box.

Actually, the first time we see the TYJ MKI box in "The Leisure Hive", the square base is not present.  You have to wonder whether the square base was an afterthought.

"I just put 1.795372 & 2.204628 together." - 4th Doctor


The Mk2 TYJ was not made until Trial of a Time Lord, so only the Mk1 was the only prop from 1980-1985.  The box for the lamp was introduced in Logopolis to match it up with the modified Newbery prop with its new roof to match the TYJ.  Why the box was added under the lamp to both props is unknown.  The box was on both props through all of Season 19.  When the Mk1 was refurbished for Season 20 and the box was flipped around so people exited out the right hand door as opposed to the left hand door, the box was removed and the lamp went back to its original form.  On Mark of the Rani, the normal base of the prop was replaced for the scene where the TARDIS is on the rail cart.  Remember, the real base has wheels on it, so you can't show those when the bottom of the box is visible.  So this "TV friendly" base was made up.  Note the cornerposts bottoms are slightly above the base, making it seem they didn't fit fully.
Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff


Mar 13, 2014, 03:03 pm #14 Last Edit: Mar 13, 2014, 03:20 pm by Kingpin
I'm not aware of where the supposition that there was a TARDIS/Police Box permanently stationed in the Blue Peter Garden originated from, but it seems unlikely.

I stumbled across this photo while gathering reference for an unrelated project (It's a little larger in full view, and gives a nice profile of the Fresnel):


The style of the "Police Public Call Box" lettering matches the style of those signs on the refitted Newbery for Logopolis.