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The TARDIS Handbook was a Doctor Who reference book published by BBC Books.

Subject matter Edit

The official guide to the best ship in the Universe.

Publisher's summary Edit

This is the inside scoop on 900 years of travel aboard the Doctor's famous time machine.

Everything you need to know about the TARDIS is here – where it came from, where it's been, how it works, and how it has changed since we first encountered it in that East London junkyard in 1963.

Including photographs, design drawings and concept artwork from different eras of the series, this handbook explores the ship's endless interior, looking inside its wardrobe and bedrooms, its power rooms and sick bay, its corridors and cloisters, and revealing just how the show's production teams have created the dimensionally transcendental police box, inside and out.

Contents Edit

  • Introduction
  • The Time Lords of Gallifrey
  • Part One: A Madman with a Box
  • Part Two: There's a Whole World in Here
  • Part Three: In Flight
  • Part Four: How Big is Big?
  • Part Five: Materialisation
  • More than a Machine?

Notable features Edit

  • This is a seriously comprehensive guide to all we know about the TARDIS up to and including series five (it even includes an annotated breakdown of the controls for each of the six console panels as designated by designer Edward Thomas), and a five page alphabetical listing of all TARDIS controls and features referred to throughout the series history.
  • A TARDIS log of the Eleventh Doctor's recent travels (from series five) is included to bring the information up to date.
  • "The Time Lords of Gallifrey" chapter charts the rise (and fall) of the Time Lords, their technological achievements and their conflict with the Daleks.
  • Illustrated throughout with many screen grabs captioned with dialogue, script extracts and additional information boxes.

Notes Edit

  • Cover design by Paul Lang
  • This small, paperback sized hardback is appropriately packed full of information and priced £12.99 (UK).