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December 26, 2012 1:49 AM   Subscribe

In a sea of plastic USS Enterprise and Millennium Falcon model kits, models of the Doctor's TARDIS tend to be paper craft, DIY affairs or Cookie Jars, and imperfectly reflect some of the craft's more notable attributes. Until now.
posted by Kid Charlemagne (21 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Want.
posted by Jonathan Livengood at 2:28 AM on December 26, 2012


But now he'll have to make the new interior to the TARDIS.
posted by dumdidumdum at 2:42 AM on December 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


I just watched this seconds ago, before reloading MF, and I was a bit disappointed. I wanted to see beyond the console room. But it is an achievement, and I hope someday they can adapt this tech for the show compared to the paper insert they use now.
posted by Mezentian at 2:51 AM on December 26, 2012


I don't think Lehman Sisters would have taken the same risks as Lehman Brothers

Gold.

posted by Samuel Farrow at 2:55 AM on December 26, 2012


He's going to be pissed now that he's seen the Christmas episode

on preview, dumdidumdum +1

Question: How many more times are they going to xvyy bss Bfjva? Bapr na rcvfbqr? Vf Bfjva gur arj Xraal?
posted by leotrotsky at 5:35 AM on December 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


We have a Dr Who thread a wee doon, where I figure spoilers will be okay.
Your answer: Once more. I think.
posted by Mezentian at 5:47 AM on December 26, 2012


I want this BAD. Dr Who needs better collateral. I want the BBC to innovate, not litigate and they should totally take this over or let it blossom.

For heavens sake, the London Transport Museum has better mugs than the Dr. Who section of ThinkGeek. So yeah, maybe I am bitter about not getting those special Tardis cookie cutters from Etsy, but the point remains, Dr Who needs better collateral.
posted by jadepearl at 5:47 AM on December 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Collateral? You mean merchandise?
posted by adamdschneider at 6:28 AM on December 26, 2012


Yes, marketing collateral both free and sellable.
posted by jadepearl at 7:15 AM on December 26, 2012


This is clearly a better way to make good use of small spaces than amazing transformer apartments. I wonder if I can use my smartphone to put an addition on my house.
posted by adamrice at 7:53 AM on December 26, 2012


Wonder if you could make one with a lcd screen (possibly 3d) behind the door that does this in real life? Would be cool, especially if you used some kind of face detection that could tell what angle you were at too. Man, i would pay SO much for that. ;)
posted by usagizero at 9:30 AM on December 26, 2012


Oh! You could even have it be able to download what ever console room you prefer! :)
posted by usagizero at 9:31 AM on December 26, 2012


* Note: the model is not actually smaller on the outside *
posted by blue_beetle at 9:42 AM on December 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


How many more times are they going to xvyy bss Bfjva? Bapr na rcvfbqr? Vf Bfjva gur arj Xraal?

Fvapr "Bfjva" vf na nantenz sbe "VF ABJ", lbh pna rkcrpg ebhtuyl rvtug zber qrzvfrf.
posted by Smart Dalek at 9:46 AM on December 26, 2012


I wondered too if LCDs could be on the inside. But there's a cooler possibility. With a small camera on the front running image processing software, it could tell where a person's eyes are in relation to itself. Add the gyros and such from a cell phone and it could then manipulate the view in relation to the person's eyes as they move the tardis around, just as in the video, angling to see different parts of the view inside. If it was just a single LCD behind the door, rotating it would enable 3d via rotation. Granted, it'd be tough, and there's the downside of the effect not working when held steady, or when multiple people are looking, but it'd be cool.
posted by jwells at 9:58 AM on December 26, 2012


Heh, the maker is a friend of mine. He's flabbergasted seeing this everywhere, but it's definitely super cool and should definitely be everywhere. Glad to see it on the blue.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 10:00 AM on December 26, 2012


Superb.
posted by juiceCake at 6:24 PM on December 26, 2012


Doctor Who is a niche thing in North America -- cheap plastic toys are widely available in the UK. There are Doctor Who things at the grocery store there - we bought a plastic TARDIS coin bank with marshmallows in it at Sainsburys, and someone else got us TARDIS and Dalek decorated socks at Marks & Spencer's.
posted by jb at 10:26 AM on December 27, 2012


Not that this isn't very impressive. But lazy Who fans just need to live in/go to the UK/make some British friends.
posted by jb at 10:27 AM on December 27, 2012


I don't get the zebra-pattern thing being used to display the 3-d stuff. How does that work??
posted by Cookiebastard at 11:01 AM on December 27, 2012


I don't get the zebra-pattern thing being used to display the 3-d stuff. How does that work??

Science!
posted by juiceCake at 8:46 PM on December 28, 2012


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