The TARDIS

Time and Relative Dimension in Space

The Police Box that the Doctor travels around in is really a Type 40 time and space machine from Gallifrey, his home planet. TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension in Space.

TARDIS Information

The TARDIS is dimensionally transcendental, meaning it’s bigger on the inside than the outside. The interior exists in a different, relative dimension to the exterior. In the very first story it was established that the TARDIS usually changes its exterior appearance on each trip to blend in with its surroundings. The Doctor later stated that it was the broken chameleon circuit that caused it to be stuck in the shape of an old style police box.

The Police Box

In the days before mobile phones and the internet, Police Boxes were one of the few ways people could contact the emergency services. They also allowed Police officers to contact each other.

There were many different designs and styles, during the 1930’s TARDIS like Police Boxes started appearing all over the UK. One of the big differences was in Glasgow where the Police Boxes were red and not blue.

By the 1970’s most of the Police Boxes had been decommissioned due to the introduction of two way radio. Only a handful of original Police Boxes still exist today.

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