It can’t negotiate the intricacies of the Time Vortex, but it looks like it could.
Paul Foden is a handyman, 44, and is intensely focused on Doctor Who. He had previously built life sized models of a Dalek, a Cyberman and the little robotic dog K-9 from the Tom Baker era. His crowning achievement, though, is a full sized recreation of the Gallifreyan’s famous TARDIS time machine.
Obviously, any recreation built by a human is going to be missing the critical technology that makes the interior of the TARDIS dimensionally transcendental with respect to its exterior, but Foden found a solution: the TARDIS control room is actually a larger building on the back of the TARDIS itself, and the familiar blue box is simply the entryway. The TARDIS stands about 12 feet (3.6m) in height, and occupies the center of his back yard. Said Foden in a television interview with SWNS-TV last Monday, “I’ve been working on it for nearly a year and I’m just adding the last few details. “I watch Doctor Who and I thought the Tardis would be interesting to build so I decided to have a go.”
The control room is replete with lighting and sound to make it as authentic an experience as its builder could manage, making use of special electronics and microcontrollers to achieve the various effects used inside.
“I kept doing bits and bobs and it just came together. I have watched it for a long time now from the old series to the new series. Previously I have built a Cyberman and a Dalek but this is the biggest thing I’ve built so far.”
Incredibly, Paul managed to build the TARDIS, which comes complete with sound effects, a full control panel and electric lighting, just by looking a photos online. Paul, who lives in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs., added: “I had a look at a couple of pictures online and that was it, I went for it.”