St John, Be Cool

It has been several months since the new look TARDIS exterior was first seen on location as Matt Smith recorded his first Doctor Who scenes for The Time of Angels.

The new TARDIS in Doctor WhoThe redesign of the police box exterior harked back to the time machine seen in the Dalek movies of the 1960s, which featured the human Dr Who (Peter Cushing) who had built a time machine which he called “Tardis”. A slight rewrite of the  original text, but with a much bigger budget, the police box prob used in those films included the white windows and the St John’s Ambulance badge.According to someone at the BBC, the change was instigated by new showrunner Steven Moffat.

”Steven wanted to stamp his own mark on the exterior as well as the interior, and he’s a big fan of the Peter Cushing movie version, so re-added the logo!”

When pictures were first released of location work from The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone, many Doctor Who fans were delighted. However, nine months on, it seems St John’s Ambulance have just noticed.

“Our logo used to appear on police boxes because we trained the police in first aid and the badge indicated that first aid help and equipment were available.

“We’re delighted that the St John Ambulance logo is back on the Tardis and hope it reminds people to learn first aid so that they can be the difference between a life lost and life saved.”

The TARDIS redesign was written into the script for the first time in The Eleventh Hour, following a destructive regeneration at the conclusion to The End of Time. Of course, we won’t mention the difference between the physical TARDIS prop and the one that materialised in time for River Song to get “sucked” on board in The Time of Angels, as that would be churlish.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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