Some people build TARDISes

This guest post was written by Sheena Goodyear, a reporter, blogger and copy editor for Sun Media, who watches too much TV and drinks too much coffee. Her biggest dream — and her biggest fear — are to meet Joss Whedon. You can read her thoughts about TV at Rabbit Ears, her video game ramblings at Button Mashers and her news stories at the Toronto Sun


Not everyone is lucky enough to have a TARDIS steal them, transport them through time and space and always take them where they need to be. Some people have to build their own.

That’s what the talented, creative and meticulous folks who populate TARDIS Builders do. The site is dedicated to documenting and showcasing fan-made Doctor Who props. The blue police-box TARDIS seems to be  favourite among crafty Whovians, but the site also features of other props from the show, including TARDIS consoles, gadgets and more.

Aside from pictures of their incredibly impressive final products, many of the the hobbyists who make these props also keep detailed build-diaries. Click on the pictures below to find out more about how they were made.

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Life-sized TARDIS on display at an airport. Why would anyone take a plane when there's a TARDIS available?

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Bright blue TARDIS with a bright blue sky behind it.

TARDIS-Yard

A backyard TARDIS is so much cooler than a swing-set.

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A TARDIS withstands all elements, including the snow.

The problem with building a TARDIS in your garage is that most people lack the necessary components to make it time-and-space ready, so prop-builders have found other uses for their landlocked ships.

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TARDIS shelf!

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TARDIS scratching post!

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TARDIS chicken coop!

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TARDIS cabinet!

And perhaps the coolest thing I’ve ever seen…

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TARDIS shed!

Equally impressive are the other Who props featured on the site. There are, of course, many Daleks — the Doctor’s most adorable feared enemy.

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A full-sized silver Dalek, hanging out by the street.

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A golden TARDIS at what looks like a con resists the urge to EXTERMINATE cosplayers.

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Full-sized blue and white Daleks, chillin' in a residential neighbourhood, plotting its destruction.

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This golden Dalek opens up to reveal the squishy pink flesh-monster inside. It probably wants to feel the sun.

Looks like Amy Pond’s not the only one who can build a sonic screwdriver from scratch.

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A classic golden sonic screwdriver with a red tip.

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River Song's sonic screwdriver.

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A set of Tom Baker-era sonic screwdrivers.

And for the animal-loving Time Lords, we have K-9, the Doctor’s old robot companion.

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Cute blue K-9 in a cute yard.

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A red and black K-9, looking weirdly fearsome.

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A rusty-looking light-blue K-9, outside the TARDIS.

This was cross-posted from Rabbit Ears.

3 comments

  1. In order to let the whiny nit-picker that dwells in the back of my head get some rest, I must point out that the River Song sonic screwdriver is not fan-made, but an official licensed toy. I know because I’ve got one on my desk for comparison.

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