Check out the original 1963 blueprints for Doctor Who's 1st TARDIS

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Sep 26, 2013

We still have a little while to wait until Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special, but an awesome artifact has surfaced from the annals of Who-dom to keep us entertained in the meantime.

Former director Waris Hussein has revealed an annotated studio floor plan showing the set design of Doctor Who’s pilot episode from 1963. Included in the documents? The original floor print design for The Doctor’s TARDIS. The Radio Times released the documents, noting the production team was gearing up to shoot the first episode exactly 50 years ago today. These sets were constructed at Lime Grove Studios in London.

As you probably noticed, the floor plan blueprint is extremely detailed with lots of notes — largely due to the fact that many shows at the time were shot “as live,” with a handful of cameras left running while the actors followed the script through the various sets in continuous takes. Here’s how Hussein described the process:

“In those days, we shot continuously on four cameras with very few breaks in the tape. You had to know exactly what you were doing. It was almost mathematical in its strategy.” 

Check out the pics below and take a trip back in time to Doctor Who’s first trip into space and time.

(Via Radio Times)

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