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TARDIS Prime Control FINAL by Phaeton99 TARDIS Prime Control FINAL by Phaeton99

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Final version (as much as the term can have any meaning — now with the missing text block restored)

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Obviously, this is not the Doctor's battered old Type 40's control room of any period.

Rather, this plan is intended to represent a look back toward the glory days of the Time Lords, when they still sent expeditions out to the far corners of the universe, and were establishing a name for themselves. TARDIS design like this was probably long past-tense before the Doctor was even born 900+ years ago.

The real challenge for this project was to avoid Star Trek layout conventions — not an easy thing to do while still attempting to suggest functionality.

The key lay in recognizing that a TARDIS technically has no fore or aft, or even a clear directional orientation — eliminating any reason to mimic a conventional, linear set-up of bridge or cockpit stations — and there was no reason to accommodate the naval and aerospace underpinning of most sci-fi starship operations, allowing me to completely rethink how the command crew would interact with and within the space.

Likewise it helped to deliberately incorporate an air of architectural grandeur suitable to the play of pomp and ceremony, arranging things for maximum drama, even at the expense of efficiency.

And all the while, I was attempting to keep some of the key design cues established by the multitudinous control rooms (and glimpses of Gallifrey) featured on Doctor Who over the decades.

I do believe I have succeeded.

(And I suspect that a given TARDIS' Prime Historian had a more common title in the vernacular of that august age — peers and crewman alike would simply call him, "The Doctor"...) ;)


A Few Words on the Concept of "Omnilifts"
Omnilifts are dedicated transpatial chambers that can link on demand to any compatible, preestablished omnilift access station within a given TARDIS. Although operating in practice not unlike a "turbolift", the term "omnilift" is something of a misnomer as transfer chambers of this type do not, in fact, move at all. Rather, each chamber is a discrete space within the TARDIS that may connect its portal to any one of many corresponding points therein: the chamber door shifts relative location, not the omnilift itself.

Personnel omnilifts are typically around 2m in diameter, but can be of any size, shape, or configuration so long at its doors are compatible with those of the access stations.

"Cargo" omnilifts do exist and are accordingly larger in volume and apertures to accommodate their typical burdens, and tend to operate on separate, dedicated networks of specialized access stations. However, such types can access the general network if they equipped with a properly sized aperture (which may in addition to the primary one), and may themselves be a destination for the personnel omnilift system.

Specialized transpatial chambers, such as the mobile "TARDIS Stores", are technically a form of onmilift, though these are usually strictly limited in both points of access and operation, unconnected to the ominift networks.

"Shuttle" omnilifts that may travel between TARDIS craft also exist, and can be configured to operate seamlessly in multiple craft networks. More commonly, such have limited, dedicated access stations for security reasons.

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Quarteon01 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You sir, had literally taken my breath away. I could simply imagine what it would look like by just looking at this schematics. This is definitely, truly, an amazing work!
Phaeton99 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, but that is an incomplete plan.  You may wish to take a look at this... if you have not already.  ;)
Golden Age TARDIS Poster by Phaeton99  
karishad571232 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
My work for a REAL TARDIS would explain more
Lamnia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
I like the ideas behind the design.
Getting a idea of a layout of a Tardis has been a project of mine when I started watching Dr Who in the 70's.

Eventually I found a way to do one as a Tesseract. The idea actually came from a Dragon Magazine dealing with a unique trap that was near impossible to get out of by folding a room in on itself within the 4th dimension. It got rather complex.

Were as I was complex, your layout is beautiful and detailed.
jonbluestone Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a thing of true beauty ... my hat is off, sir, my hat is very definitely OFF to you for this piece, and for much of what I have spent the last hour looking at in your gallery. Damned good show.
Phaeton99 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you — though the cutaway version is actually more accurate in detail, even if it is still unfinished... like so many other personal projects... ^^;
N-spired-Void Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
im not sure what you did, but the final version, is quite possibly the most malfunctory of pdfs on my end, the final results being a ring of disconnected rectangles, with a scale bar set lower right, and nothing else.
Phaeton99 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Despite some effort, I have been unable to reproduce the PDF problem on tis or the other file. WHat viewer and version thereof are you using (so I can test it in it)?
supersaiyanz10 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
wow dam thats detailed...alot of effort was put into it I can see.

keep it coming :)
Phaeton99 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Less work than has gone into the cross section of it [link] , by far — and that isn't even done yet.
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