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Published on April 17th, 2012 | by Philip Bates

The TARDIS PC!

We’ve had webcams and USB hubs – and now, the ultimate Doctor Who technological merchandise: a TARDIS PC!

A prototype was first seen last year, but it’s only recently obtained a licence from the BBC to sell across the UK and US. It’s probably the coolest thing you’ve seen this year, and is available for pre-order from scan.co.uk. Three models will be available (with release date still unconfirmed):

Tardis T1 Mini PC (£778.80)
Intel G850 – 4GB RAM 640GB – HDD DVD-RW W7HP – 64bit

Tardis T2 Mini PC (£898.80)
Intel Core i5 2125  – 8GB RAM 1Tb – HDD DVD-RW W7HP – 64Bit

Tardis T3 Mini PC (£1, 018.80)
Intel Core i5 2400S – 8GB RAM 1TB – HDD 1MB ATI 6670 Graphics DVD-RW W7HP – 64Bit

As you can see, they’re all very costly, but there are rumours the famous blue box will be available just as a case as well – however, there’s been no official word on this, so don’t hold your breath!

The light at the top powers the PC up, while the front USB ports can be found when you open the door, alongside a DVD and Blu-Ray tray. Gadgets and Gizmos report that each will be made-to-order, while the creator told Gallifrey Base:

“It took 18 months with the help of the BBC creating the all-aluminium case. It’s all made in the UK. The attention to detail, like the pewter moulded handles being odd sizes and silver through to the windows, police signs and roof beacon lighting up are all in line with the BBC’s Doctor Who team.

Scan Computers International in Bolton are the only distributor.

The case is 205mm x 205mm and stands 430mm to the roof beacon. It is smaller than normal PC’s. It weights 7.9 kg’s which is also lighter than a standard PC.”

You’ll need a source of electricity, though, as it doesn’t run on Artron energy…

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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.




4 Responses to The TARDIS PC!

  1. garrison w waters says:

    How much is that in real dollars?

    • Philip Bates says:

      No price confirmed for the US, I’m afraid, but I’ve used an ordinary money converter and that reckons:

      £778.80 = $1,244.
      £898.80 = $1,436.
      £1, 018.80 = $1,627.

      Obviously, that’s just what I estimate, but hopefully it gives you an idea. :)


      • The thing is, of course, the UK gets spanked on hardware prices. It could very well be much cheaper in the USA than it is over here…

  2. penfolduk01 says:

    Whilst I could not possibly justify spending that much on a PC {whistles unconvincingly}, I did check out the PC specs.

    And was pleased to find that in tribute to Dr Who, they are using CORSAIR RAM. :-)

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