“It’s basically Trumpton…”

12th March 2010 • Blog Post by Seb Patrick •

Would you like to read an article from The Telegraph that goes into a bit more detail about “The Eleventh Hour” (in a factual, adding-colour way rather than an OMGZOELUCKERISPLAYINGTHERANI Sun kind of way) than we’ve seen before, and thus actively heightens anticipation? Well, here you go, then. Discussion of a few of the pertinent points – mild spoilers abound, naturally, including a description of the TARDIS interior – after the jump.

And then, of course, there’s the obligatory threat of global annihilation – in the form of the Atraxi, an orbiting crowd of thuggish galactic policemen – to dispatch.

… to which the Judoon can only say… “KLO MO FRO?” (translation: “O RLY?”)

‘They’re two of a kind. They’re both a bit lost,’ she says. ‘Because Amy has no parents, she’s this Scottish girl in an English village.

… so it’s not set in Scotland. And Amy is an orphan. We know already of at least one tie back to her own/place time, in the shape of Arthur Darvill’s Rory (who appears to be a boyfriend, and who also appears to become a companion mid-series), but essentially, it sounds like Amy is a lot “freer” than any of the RTD companions, which is an interesting development.

This new Tardis – not an obligatory accessory for each new Doctor, but required by the damage done to it in Tennant’s last episode – is big. It must be three times the size of Tennant’s, on multiple levels with staircases in between. Less grubby than its predecessor, with a transparent plastic floor on the main level, its walls are resplendent with polished copper and its central column features a blown glass decoration that could be straight from Tales of the Unexpected. There are old car seats and downstairs – downstairs! – a swing. With a nod to Paul McGann’s Tardis, the central column features an old TV screen on an extendable trellis. It also has a 1980s-style computer keyboard, and a His-Master’s-Voice style trumpet speaker.

Part of me still wants to see pictures of the new interior as soon as possible, so excited am I about the prospect (perhaps this description will suffice for now). But on the other hand, it’d be lovely to get it as a proper revelation during the episode. Speaking of which…

Viewers won’t see this Tardis until the end of episode one, when the Doctor and Amy walk in for their first journey together.

I’m now 99% sure that the trailer line “What have you got for me this time?” is referring to the TARDIS interior rather than upcoming adventures. Take that, Hazeldine.

Three flippin’ weeks to go. I’m so so bloody very excited.

Seb Patrick once met Paul McGann, who immediately pretended to be Mark McGann. He writes for Den of Geek, BBC America, Film4 and the official Red Dwarf website, among others. He owns over thirty toy Daleks and wishes the Dapol factory tour was still open.


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