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Who’s Got A New Console Room?

December 19th, 2012 by Marc Comments

The BBC have released a new promotional image of Matt Smith standing in the new look TARDIS set,  which will debue in this years Christmas adventure The Snowmen.  

And it looks… old school.  Gone are the days of bright shiny colours, steampunk gadgetry  and coral columns.  Instead we are presented with a stripped back console room reminiscent of the Fifth Doctor’s version, with an Eighth Doctor-esque time rotor.  The stalwart roundels remain, adorning the dull green walls, and there does seem to be levels to this TARDIS as well, as stairs and railings can be seen behind the console.  But overall, it is much smaller than the Eleventh Doctor’s previous interior.  In fact, I’d reckon it’s even smaller then the Ninth and Tenth Doctors’.

There are several theories about this new interior.  Some fans are guessing that this may be a secondary control room, as seen in past Doctor Who adventures.  Or it may be a temporary set, built to reflect the Doctor’s Scrooge-like attitude throughout The Snowmen, then when the gorgeous Clara steps onboard to melt his hearts, it will revert back to its bright and happy playground mode.  And of course, the TARDIS has gone all retro on us to reflect the upcoming 50th Anniversary celebrations next year.  But either way, for a Police Box that’s meant to be bigger on the inside, it’s certainly looking a bit cramped in there…

As always let us know your thoughts and theories… will this be the console room that the Doctor and Clara step out of at the beginning of each episode from now on?  Or is it just temporary?

The Snowmen airs at 5:15pm on Christmas Day

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….