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Published on March 3rd, 2013 | by Philip Bates

How Much Does the TARDIS Cost?

Doctor in the TARDIS

TARDIS FOR SALE. TYPE 40TT. GOOD CONDITION. ONE PREVIOUS OWNER. MANY, MANY, MANY MILES ON THE CLOCK. BROKEN (BUT REPAIRABLE) CHAMELEON CIRCUIT. VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE. FULLY TAXED. SOMETIMES HANDLES WELL. SUSCEPTIBLE TO OCCASIONAL ALIEN INVASION. DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR DOOR (TIME PERIOD NOT GUARANTEED).

$2,580,375,113.75 O.N.O.

That’s about £1,715,048,899 to you and me. And that’s what Motovo’s infographic reckons the TARDIS would cost (based on a comparison with of square footage for a home in London) anyway, for both the exterior and interior. As it’s potentially infinite, you could probably get a few quid more.

The real estate blogging site has scoured the internet (including this very site), searched London and watched The Invasion of Time on a loop for eight weeks – maybe – to work out how much the TARDIS would actually go on the market for if, as they suggest, it made London its home after its dematerialisation circuit is stolen or broken or kicked into submission by the Time Lords again.

TARDIS wardrobe

The exterior is, of course, the easy bit. That would cost $50, 497. But the interior… Motovo writes:

We stumbled across two ways to estimate the size of the TARDIS. In The Invasion of Time, a serial in the 15th season of the show, the TARDIS is said to be about the size of the Empire State Building, which has a floor area of 2,248,355 square feet.

The second option is the TARDIS is larger than a planet that is itself several times larger than Earth.

For everyone’s benefit we picked the first option.

They obviously survived The Invasion of Time alright (brave souls), and calculated:

Once we had an idea of the square footage, the rest was simple. We multiplied the square footage for both the outside and inside of the TARDIS by the average cost per square foot from a home in London. This comes to $2,580,324,616.75(€1,933,405,432) for the outside or $50,497 (€37,836) for the inside.

The infographic sums up the Doctor’s incredible Time/ Space vehicle really well and is a fun little thing for a grimy Sunday evening. Take a look and puzzle out how long you’d have to work for to take the TARDIS off the Doctor’s hands.

How Much Is Doctor Who's TARDIS Worth?

(With thanks to Sally at Movoto)

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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.




3 Responses to How Much Does the TARDIS Cost?

  1. Mugen Pharoah says:

    I actually like the Invasion of Time. I like to believe that right at the start, when the Doctor is talking to the Vardans, they aren’t actually the back of seats in their spaceship, and are the Vardan’s true form as giant sparkly purple space eggs.

    Fun article – though since when did anyone pay different prices for the exterior and the interior of any building or vehicle.


    • Perhaps when the two are in different locations ;)

      I like Invasion of Time too, actually. LOVE the TARDIS, and what they do with it.

      • Philip Bates says:

        It was alright. I think I was put off as I love the Sontarans – but they seemed a bit like an afterthought. It took soooo long to actually see them. Maybe I’ll rewatch it sometime without expectations and it’ll be better.

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