The original studio floorplan for the TARDIS and other key sets for the very first Doctor Who story have been revealed in a new BBC book – and you can see them now online!
Sourced from director Warris Hussein’s personal collection, the plans are an insight into production of the pilot episode fifty years ago this very week.
The document, impressively intricate and actually rather beautiful, shows the careful positioning of the familiar hexagonal consol and four colour coded cameras. It also demonstrates the inventive lengths gone to to circumvent the limited budget, with a ’40 foot artist cloth’ standing in for a wall and photographic blow ups of circular indentations. That’s not to say they weren’t ambitious, though – the wonderful canopy from the early episodes, which evidently proved to be too impractical for regular use, is also there.
The plans also show how sets for Totter’s Lane, Coal Hill School and the Junkyard were crammed into the limited space available at Lime Grove.
The prints are well worth a look as transmission of An Adventure in Space and Time approaches and will soon appear in Doctor Who: The Vault by Marcus Hearn, a souvenir anniversary tome to be published in October.
Now on sale at Amazon UK, and with an RRP of £30, The Vault can currently be pre-ordered for less than £20!
See more of the floor plans at RadioTimes.com, where they’re presented with some words from director Waris Hussein, who chaired the first Doctor Who serial.