After the response I got over my DALEK 2002 redesign I decided to work on something I've been thinking about for a while. A new console room that has elements from all the consoles and rooms seen on screen, and a few elements from consoles created by the fans (props and 3d models). Of course the main focus of the room is the console. I started with a design I had made a long time ago. It looked more like a ST:TNG design with a black touch screen panel. I always loved in Doctor Who when the Doctor would scramble about throwing levers and switches, then drop out of frame as he takes some panel off to get to the guts of the console, so I made the new design with that in mind. Many knobs and doohickeys to play with. I'd estimate that this console is 15% Hartnell style, 10% Pertwee, 10% Baker (later style and that was Tom Baker by the way), %10 secondary console room, 20% Davison (AKA the blinking mushroom of death). %5 the TVM console (the one I dislike the most), 10% from other peoples consoles, and the rest (20%) is my own creation.

The console is surrounded by removable grill plates on the floor. Under those are 6 silver connecting arms that can be opened to get to the cables within. Under that is a brilliant white light that represents the Heart and power of the machine. When in flight I'd imagine that the light pulses very gently.

I'll try to explain some of the other things that I did along the way.. If I can :-)

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Navigation and Computer

Sensors and Systems

Miscellaneous and Communications


The Console from the top. From whole thing would be 7 feet wide if it actually existed. I made it so 19 inch LCD could be used, as well as a few 14 inch (if any one wanted to make it for real that is.:-)

Hey BBC..give me a call :-)


Centre column. I know most of you call this the Time Rotor, But its not. The Time Rotor was a part on the console pointed to in the story The Chase: Flight through Eternity. 99% of the people call the column the time rotor. I actually figured out how to make this so there are no wires visible.


AVI of Column motion
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When the TARDIS is at rest the column completely closes up (see other picture). The centre area rotates clockwise going forward in time, counter-clockwise going backwards and the crystal hourglass in the centre of it all has a light that cycles telling you how fast you are moving through time.


A picture from the doorway of the sitting room. Wide angle lens so its a little distorted.

The entrance to the library. Based on the Secondary console room and a picture from the Regenerations TVM book. Still needs more books on the second level. See the spiral stair case on the left..

The Workshop area. The TVM storage shelves in the background. The work area has a scanner (white area) and port for plug in instruments (the micro scope is plugged in right now)


An early render that shows the new fault locator room and the monitor display. The Monitor goes up into the ceiling when not it use.


This early image shows how the central column retracts when the TARDIS engines are off like.
 
 

 
Navigation Panel

1. Velocity Gauge
2. De-mat / Re-mat Levers
3. Engine activation knob
4. Telepathic circuits
5. Power Response Gauge
6. Power Boost
7. Quick Transfer Switch
8. Nav Monitor
9. Coordinate Display
10 . Control levers for manual flight
11. Coordinate override and HADS activation switch
12. Coordinate input panel
13. System Warnings
14. Recall circuit
15. Time Sync warning
16. Time-Track Lock
17. Temporal Scale Adjust
18. Navigation Warning panel
19. Time navigation input

The activation knob (3) brings the centre column up to the starting position (its the ignition). Then the De-mat / Re-mat Levers (2) start the column moving up and down. The De-mat / Re-mat Levers are from the Pertwee console. The Coordinate display (9) changes to so the temporal setting and the destination (None of that humanian era crap here)
Computer Panel

20. Matrix interface
21. Removable Computer modules
22. Computer relay switch
23. Data Transfer Controls
24. Data Module Lock In Switches
25. Computer Active lights
26. 3-D Computer Monitor
27. Computer keyboard (gallifreyan style)
28. Access Crystals to the matrix
29. Monitor Controls
30. 3-D hand gesturing interface
31. 3D Hand Gesturing Control Selection Buttons
32. Data Routing Switch

 

The idea for Access Crystals (28) was from the Castellans desk in the 'Invasion of Time' and they allow access to certain ares of the matrix (If the Timelords allow the operator to have access that is) (30) is a 3-D hand gesturing interface device to rotate and manipulate the info displayed on the computer screen (make a twisting motion to open a file). (20) was the background of the Matrix in 'Arc of Infinity'. The Removable Computer modules (21) slide out. Data Transfer Controls (23) Controls the Speed, Bandwidth of outgoing and incoming data transmission. Allows TARDIS computers to communicate with computers of almost any tech level at maximum efficiency. (24) - Data Module Lock In Switches: Opens and closes the relay to an inserted module. When switched off, the module may be safely removed. (29) - Monitor Controls - Changes the contrast, gamma, and even colour spectrum of the monitor image so that it may be viewed by almost any species in almost any situation, whatever the visual spectrum or lighting requirements of the individual. (31) - 3D Hand Gesturing Control Selection Buttons: Basically a set of mouse buttons that, but more of them to cope with a 3D display..and .. well green lights look cool and alien :-). (32) - Data Routing Switch: Allows the operator to route data from any of the other console stations into the computer for detailed analysis.
Sensor Panel

33.Sensor Recording light
34. Port sensor warning lights
35. Sensor config panel
36. Radiation Detector
37. Solar Comparators
38. Sensor crystals
39, sensor scan arc (Cobalts console)
40. Current scan display
41. Scan visualization
42. Sensor resolution levers
43. Spectrum output of sensors
44. Temporal sensor recording light
45.Starboard sensor warning lights
46. Sensor config panel
47. Scanner Presets

The Radiation Detector has been updated to show 9 different types of radiation, as well as having a history to it. (47) Scanner Presets: Programmable switches that allow the operator to quickly access readings for particular types of environmental phenomenon that he/she regularly looks for.
Systems Panel

48. Tracking Monitor
49. Rest Weight/ Mass Controls:
50. System Display
51. Warning Lights
52. Routing Panel (TVM and Earthshock)
53. Dematerializations circuit door
54. Chameleon circuit panel (logopolis)
55. test lights
56. Helmic regulator
57. TARDIS Defenses
58. Warning lights
59. Low-level TARDIS control (The War games)


The routing panel (52) was seen on the TVM console. I also remember the 5th Doctor and Nyssa re-routing the communication signals from the Cybermen to the navigation system in Earthshock, So I figured that this would allow that but much faster. Allows the operator to convert and route the output of any system through any other system. Useful for many purposes, including feeding a comm signal to the nav ciruits for automatic tracking, or power through the comm circuits for transmission of power to an exterior source.

The Low-level TARDIS control was seen in the War games to control the SIDRATs. The Chameleon circuit panel (54) opens up and the control panel slides out like it did in Logopolis. (49) - Rest Weight/ Mass Controls: The TARDIS normally adjusts the Weight and Mass of the Real World Interface to match whatever surface it currently rests upon. Using these controls, the operator can change those factors, as well as the inertia and opacity of the RWI. This can be useful for making changes that help the TARDIS blend into it's surroundings (such as by sinking it into the water of a stream as opposed to letting it bob up and down in the water shaped as a very large boulder) or to keep it from being affected by basic environmental forces (say keeping it from blowing away in a hurricane). Errors can often lead to disaster, so its usually best to let the TARDIS handle this on it's own. You don't want to sink to the centre of the earth after all...

(56) - Helmic Regulator/ Manual Flight Controls: Functions as sort of steering wheel for manual control of TARDIS flight.

Miscellaneous Panel

60. TARDIS Force Field light
61. Time Warp Vector Display
62. Homing beacon system
63. Homing beacon light and External control light
64. Power Modulators
65. Switches (GNDN)
66. Entry console
67. Lights
68. Engine power controls and displays
69. Main Power Control Levers
70. Power Routing panel
71. Temporal Wake level
72, Vortex Monitor
73. Fast Return Switch
74. Life Support Control Sliders
75. Override Switches

The homing beacon hole (62) is where the homing beacon sits (Full Circle) or where the Key to Time locator went into. The Time Warp Vector Display (61) is the device that displays Time loops (Claw of Axos) or warp-ellipse (Mawdryn Undead). The Vortex Monitor show the status of the Vortex (Or opening credit backgrounds :-) as well as other objects in the vortex. The Engine power controls and displays (68) shows and controls the output of the dynamorphic generators that are converting power from the eye of harmony to usable power. (64) - Power Modulators: Allows for fine control of power output to each of the 4 main systems and functions as pre-sets to (69): The Main Power Control Levers. (69) - Main Power Control Levers: Each of these controls the power output of one 4 systems... Navigation/Propulsion, Life Support, Defenses and Secondary Systems i.e. everything else including sensors, the main Computer and the electric kettle. There are three states, Off (no power is being diverted to those systems), On (power levels are as pre-set on panel 64: Power Modulators), and Boosted (any excess power is funnelled into any systems switched to this setting, which may take them above and beyond the levels from the Power Modulator pre-sets.) Using these, the operator can quickly switch off power to non-essential functions to augment any system which requires a power boost. (74) - Life Support Control Sliders: Allows the operator to change the temperature, atmospheric levels and content, lighting etc. of the console room. There are similar controls in every room in the TARDIS for individual adjustment, although they can be over-ridden by the ones on the control console. (75) - Override Switches: These are emergency switches for extreme situations and are usually locked to avoid accidental switching. They all have fuses that may be pulled to keep them from being switched over or back. The first is the Failsafe Switch, which anchors the TARDIS to it's present location and keeps it from dematerializing (if in normal space-time) or rematerializing (if in the vortex). The Second is the Emergency Switch which takes the TARDIS out of the normal universe altogether (as seen in 'The Mind Robber'). The third is the Time Vector Over-ride, which temporarily detaches the Real World Interface from the rest of the TARDIS, leaving it as a shell resembling whatever form the chameleon circuit had previously adopted and dumping any passengers currently in the console room into it (as seen in 'The Wheel in Space'). This last one will automatically switch back over after an amount of time pre-set by the operator, after which the rest of the TARDIS will be accessible by the RWI once again.
Communications Panel

76. Speakers
77, Lights
78. In/out/length for playback
79. Playback controls
80. Overhead Monitor (TVM)
81. Main monitor activation
82. Mode settings
83. Volume
84. Microphone
85. Interface Display
86. Mode switch
87. FFS spectrum display
88. Mixing board
89. Translator
90. More lights
91. Control interface
92. Monitor Look away from ship
93. Look towards ship
94. Free roam
95. Control Trackball (5 Doctors)
96.
Main Door control

The overhead monitor switch (80) creates an overhead preview like in the TVM, but more like the wrap around wall like display that was in the Minbari warships in Babylon 5. The control trackball (95) is from the time-scoop in the 5 Doctors. (88) - Mixing Board: Adjusts the frequency, energy level and transmission energy type of outgoing signals. Allows the operator to fashion the comm signal into whatever form is needed for almost any type of communications technology, from the most primitive radio signals to ultra high tech FTL communication to brainwaves.
 

 

Early Test Render
This test render is standing in front of the main doorway.
This is standing in the doorway to the library.
 

 

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Special thanks to my friends at WHO3D for their comments and help.

Special thanks to Nathaniel Torson for putting functions to some of the levers and switches. Check out his Timelord RPG page.

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