To date, I have bought 3 of the Lego® set TARDIS from Doctor Who (21304). You may have seen my first TARDIS Mod here, which I built in the UK. The other two TARDIS’ I bought in Tokyo, Japan and immediately took them both apart (since I had one at home already and really, really like the parts). Unfortunately this left me with four, very sad-looking doctors sat on my desk with nothing to fly through time and space in. This sent me on a new creative avenue of building small TARDIS concepts, the result of which is the Doctor’s mini TARDIS.
This TARDIS maintains a minimalist, but recognisable door and wall design from the official model. The platform and console borrow recognisable concepts from the 10th and 12th Doctors’ TARDIS’. The padding on the railing behind the Doctor and chairs are both reminiscent of the 10th Doctor. Conversely, the silver finish of the console with red / orange time rotor is clearly themed towards the current TARDIS design (2016 version for ref.).
I love the simplicity of this model. It is a design that has endured over so many other TARDIS concepts. For me, it is a compact size with a good colour palette that places emphasis in the right places. I’m also happy with the translucent lower railings, as well as the free-standing display located away from the console – kinda reminds me of the classic TARDIS designs and the 11th’s first control room.
Taking the design further
To me, this TARDIS concept has good ideas that make a design language, or theme. So, I played about with a few more ideas, which I’ll give you a glimpse of below.
First came Clara’s TARDIS – a mod of the Doctor’s with altered walls and a mini table added instead of a chair. I also rejigged the console to give it a few raised sections.
In addition to making the walls shorter, they have now lead into the floor section surrounding the door, giving a more enclosed feel. You can also see modified railings and an additional control console under the main display. In short this TARDIS feels less fancy and a bit more practical than the Doctor’s.
If I gave Clara’s TARDIS a go, it seemed only reasonable to try out the Master’s, using the same design concepts as above.
Here you can see another side console where the chairs were, with the console and railing designs of Clara’s variant. The overall design is sleeker like the Doctor’s TARDIS, but with a much darker tone and the classic black highlights we all attribute to the Master.
Finally, you can see side-by-sides of the different types and how they fit into a ‘design language’ through the commonalities between structures and aesthetics. Enjoy.