tardis appreciation

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Moffat Appreciation Day | Countdown Challenge – Day 4
Series 7 → The Day of the Doctor

“I’ve had many faces, many lives. I don’t admit to all of them. There’s one life I’ve tried very hard to forget. He was the Doctor who fought in the Time War, and that was the day he did it. The day I did it. The day he killed them all. The last day of the Time War. The war to end all wars between my people and the Daleks. And in that battle there was a man with more blood on his hands than any other, a man who would commit a crime that would silence the universe. And that man was me.”

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River Song Appreciation Week

Day 4 - Favourite Relationship: River & the Doctor

↳ sweet·ie: (noun) [Informal] Sweetheart : A person you love very much —used to address someone you love. An adoring pet name to call your lover.

The Doctor could have said anything definitive in order to clear up the confusion between them—but he didn’t. Instead, he watched in horror as she poured her heart out to a robot, and a criminal waiter, claiming that he never loved her. That’s when it came to him. The perfect words to say. Not just to convince her of who he was, but of who she was to him. It was a genuine epiphany. So the Doctor, in the TARDIS, the 2,000+ year-old runaway Timelord, clearly and unabashedly addresses her with the two words that have always been a testament of her love, and now, his.

Doctor Who appreciation: The First Doctor’s TARDIS

The First Doctor’s TARDIS interior is my favorite TARDIS set of all. There’s no other quite like it. The first time we step inside its doors in ‘An Unearthly Child’, it’s a magical place. Stepping from the ordinary world into the bright white expanse of the console room is nothing short of breathtaking. The sleek, retro-futuristic design has a tranquility about it, while the glowing, blinking banks of lights everywhere, and the otherworldly yet soothing hum the TARDIS constantly makes, give it an energy that makes it feel as though it were alive, before that concept is even introduced to the scripts.

But it’s also got quirky anachronisms: the clock, the chairs, pedestals with decorative objects- all the little things the Doctor has picked up on his travels that add an inviting, homey air, letting us know the TARDIS isn’t just a sophisticated vehicle- it’s a home, too. The TARDIS is very much a home in these early years; we see the team living in several rooms besides the console room, doing things like reading, eating and sleeping (& in Barbara’s case, sewing, & the Doctor’s tinkering with his Time TV!). There are bedrooms:

a little break room that contains the food machine:

as well as the suggestion of other rooms, with the mention of the extensive wardrobe room, and already the idea that perhaps the TARDIS reconfigures itself as needed, as a little ‘science corner’ filled with strange gadgets later takes the place of the glass-walled space near the scanner, which then re-appears a few serials later:

The lighting is another great thing about this early TARDIS. Before the harsh over-saturated glare of later years became established, the designers were free to use spotlights and blinking bulbs to create beautiful contrasts of light and shadow that created atmosphere & mystery, and was used to most striking effect to set the mood in ‘The Edge of Destruction’ (the only serial to date set entirely on the TARDIS - it’s original production title was actually ‘Inside The Spaceship’.)

Even though the early days of Doctor Who are notorious for having been filmed in tiny, cramped old studios, this TARDIS somehow feels expansive. The uncluttered lines and clever design, as well as the clever scripts and actors who sold the fantastic concepts of this crazy new show with complete conviction all add up to something bigger than the sum of its parts. Even in the early days, the TARDIS was well on it’s way to becoming iconic, because it was the home of people whose adventures we’d love to share. For every alien world we went to, the best part of any episode was, and still is, coming back to the TARDIS, and standing around the console together, safe & sound, and back on our journey once again.

River Song Appreciation Week 
     »  Day 4: Favorite Relationship – Child of the TARDIS
        “I could smell what she was – she came from me. Once, I taught her how to fly. And once I let her die. Once she loved me. Once she shot me. I could see that all at the same time. I liked her. I mothered her. One day I would like to teach her to wheezegroan without me.”

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Moffat Appreciation Day | Countdown Challenge – Day 2
Series 5 → Vincent and the Doctor

“It’s colour. Colour that holds the key. I can hear the colours. Listen to them. Every time I step outside, I feel nature is shouting at me. Come on. Come and get me. Come on. Come on! Capture my mystery!”