For those of you Doctor Who fans (sometimes known as Whovians), the phrase “it’s bigger on the inside” is instantly recognizable as the most common reaction to someone seeing the inside of the T.A.R.D.I.S. for the first time.
But for those of you unfortunate souls who aren’t familiar with Doctor Who, I’ll try to explain it to you. The show is mainly about a man called the Doctor who travels through time and space and saves the universe. (I’m not sure I can simplify it any more than that because really, the show is just so much more.) The Doctor travels in a blue “Police Public Call Box” called the T.A.R.D.I.S., which stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. He likes to travel with a companion or two, usually a pretty earth girl. The whole of time and space is his playground. The sometimes-companion River Song says it best. With the Doctor it’s next stop, everywhere.
In current time and space, Doctor Who airs on BBC America Saturday nights at 8 pm EST. This past Saturday night brought us a new episode of Doctor Who called Journey to the Center of the T.A.R.D.I.S., which took us deeper into the mysterious time machine. For the most part we never see more than the console (control) room. Other rooms (like the swimming pool) have been mentioned, but we haven’t seen much of them until now. So while I was in raptures over these extra glimpses of the T.A.R.D.I.S. (especially the library!), I was challenged to write about what the inside of the T.A.R.D.I.S. would look like if she were mine. Challenge accepted.
For this challenge I’m just going to describe the inside of my T.A.R.D.I.S., because I don’t think I could bear to change her blue box exterior. I’ll mainly focus on the design of the console room and not the many, many other rooms that would be included, because the T.A.R.D.I.S. is infinite. It can literally fit anything you can imagine and keep on building. But that does mean I won’t mention a few things… Anyway, here we go. My thinking cap is on and I’m channeling my inner interior designer….allons-y!
I’m imagining an overall steampunk theme for my console room. I’ll use lots of blues, golds, browns, and copper tones throughout the design. It will have a high, midnight blue ceiling with changing constellations (from all the different galaxies). The console and the controls will be in the center, on a platform as it has been for the past few Doctors. There will be soft, comfortable benches or couches in the room – since the Doctor and his companions seem to spend so much time there, it would be nice to have a comfortable place for my companions to sit. Plus I might need something soft to fall on if the T.A.R.D.I.S. hits some turbluence or has a particularly rough landing. The room will be round, with a floor that looks like a clock face when you look down at it.
Most likely I’ll have various books stacked around the room, a few jackets, several cups of tea, and other miscellaneous items I used or picked up from my latest travels. Towards the back of the room I’ll have a wide staircase that leads to really long, hardwood-floor hallway (perfect for sliding in socks). From this hallway there will be loads of brightly colored doors and interesting archways that lead to my many, many rooms.
Some rooms will have no purpose except to hold interesting things. Like this room full of trunks and suitcases:
There will definitely be a room with a gigantic slide, like the fun slides at the fair. I may or may not attempt to go mattress surfing on it.
I’ll probably want to have lots of guest rooms (for my family when they want to travel or visit) and even though I generally avoid cooking at all costs, I’ll probably have a large kitchen – open and welcoming for when I want to bake chocolate chip cookies. (Baking isn’t cooking. It’s different.)
I could easily keep going, because as I said earlier, the T.A.R.D.I.S. is infinite, and she builds whatever I (or rather, the Doctor) requires. I could literally go on adding rooms forever. But that would make getting around quite difficult, I would imagine. So I’m going to wrap it up there. Hope this satisfies the “What’s inside Tiffany’s T.A.R.D.I.S.” question. It’s certainly been fun.
What about you? What would the inside of your T.A.R.D.I.S look like? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!