Yesterday was a dark day for this DOCTOR WHO fan, because there has been a change in the series that I really do not like at all. Not one bit, actually. Such occurrences have been few and far between since the series relaunched in 2005, but now is one of those times. I do not like the new TARDIS interior.
I can see what was intended – a shout-out to the olden days of the classic series, and that’s admirable, but it reminds me of one the (negative) hallmarks of the classic series: It looks cheap.
Now, I’m sure that was at least part of the intention – to make the new console room remind folks of the old, low-tech-future version of the control room, but it just… makes me cringe. The bare floor especially cries out cheap (looking like the floor of the studio), as does the dinged-up gray “metal” of the main console, looking like the pieces were salvaged from some BBC junk room. The simplified allotment of oversized controls is very “Tom Baker,” isn’t it?
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Well, here it is, the retro- ’70s control room. (Some folks may call it retro-‘60s, but it reads as the ’70s to me.) I guess the best way for me to describe my feelings about the new console room is that it tries too hard. It’s just calling attention to itself, shouting, “Look how retro and classic I am,” when people should be describing the design that way on their own. The console looks like wood painted to look like metal. It looks cheap, cheap, cheap! This is not how I was hoping DOCTOR WHO would celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013.
As I mentioned in an earlier teaser piece, the new set was designed by Michael Pickwoad, and show-runner Steven Moffat really likes it:
“When you have a genius designer like Michael Pickwoad and an opportunity like the TARDIS, you’d be mad not to bring the two together.”
Matt Smith has also given the new interior his stamp of approval, calling the set “fantastic.”
BTW, Matt’s new costume is nice, but it also feels like it’s trying too hard to remind people of the past. I really, really enjoyed his tweedy nutty-professor look; it really set him off from the other 10 incarnations, but I guess the point of the new costume is to bring him closer in line with the past.
I look forward to giving both the new TARDIS interior and Matt’s new costume a fair shake on Christmas Day – not to mention the new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman! We will try to have a merry Christmas, even if we don’t care for the wrapping on the present.
Judging by online comments, I am in a tiny minority of WHO fans. What do you think of the revamp?