Doctor Who’s TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) has become as iconic as the Time Lord. The blue box that the Doctor travels in has come to represent safety for many of the alien’s companions. However, the fourth issue of BBC’s Doctor Who: Origins introduces a different side of the trusty police box’s technology.
The Tech of Doctor Who’s TARDIS
According to the folks over at ScreenRant, the latest issue of the Doctor Who comic introduces an odd use of Gallifreyan technology. If you watch the Doctor Who television show or read the comics, then you know that TARDIS is not actually a flying police box. Instead, it is a spaceship used by Time Lords to travel the galaxy. Unfortunately, the Doctor stole a ship with a broken chameleon circuit. That is why it is stuck in the shape of the iconic blue box.
What isn’t broken is the “bigger on the inside” technology that allows for an entire spaceship, including bedrooms, a swimming pool, and a library, to fit in the confines of a police box. This is due to a piece of technology known as dimensional Transcendentalism, which allows for a large space to fit into a smaller one. Hence why Doctor Who’s TARDIS is constantly noted as being much larger on the inside. However, as the fourth issue of the comic series reveals, that same technology can work in reverse.
A Dark Reflection
In Doctor Who: Origins #4 from Jody Houser and Roberta Ingranata, readers get a glimpse of a Gallifreyan prison. In prison, the cells are much smaller on the inside than they appear on the outside. This is a great look at how the Time Lord technology works. It also shows how cruel the Time Lords can be. After all, it would take a pretty dark mind to come up with such a cruel punishment.
While Doctor Who’s TARDIS symbolizes warmth and a “home away from home” for the Time Lord’s companions, there is now a sinister reflection to the iconic box.