New Doctor Who TARDIS is “church-like” in scale

With quite a few months still to go until we have Doctor Who back on our screens, the teasing about the 60th anniversary specials in November and season 14 which will begin at Christmas is really starting to ramp up.

With so much change ahead, and a new deal between the BBC and Disney which will make Disney+ the streaming home of Doctor Who outside the UK which is expected to bring bigger than ever budgets to the show for showrunner Russell T Davies to spend on screen – there’s a lot of excitement amongst fans.

And among the new and returning Doctors in 2023, there’s something else that’s going to change by the sounds of it, the TARDIS… and from what the directors of the 60th specials are saying, it sounds like it’s going to be a pretty incredible set.

“Oh my gosh, it’s enormous. I mean, it’s absolutely beautiful,” director Chanya Button told Doctor Who Magazine.

Added Button: “It’s sort of church-like in scale, and yet it’s also this intimate space that takes you from one place to another – to even larger, wider worlds.”

And Rachel Talalay, who directed another of the specials said the TARDIS set took four months to build: “My [director of photography] and I were having all these conversations about how to light the wall roundels, and things like that, but I just kept thinking: ‘It will never be ready in time…’ So the fact that, in the last couple of days of my contract, we finally got on there, was amazing.”

The other director on the specials Tom KIngsley added that “So much detail and love and thought has gone into it,”

Also stating that: “You can point the camera anywhere at it and it looks amazing.”

Well, that sounds like quite the TARDIS. We can’t wait.

Doctor Who returns for three one-hour specials in November starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor before Ncuti Gatwa gets his first full episode with companion Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) around the festive period. Season 14 of Doctor Who will play out in 2024.