You can try to deny it all you want but we’ve all occasionally thought about what it would be like to come across a Police Box sitting on a street corner and, like Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright did at 76 Totter’s Lane in 1963, discover a whole new world inside. And now it’s actually possible, though only within the confines of Google Maps.
That’s because, in recognition of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, a new area has been added to Google Maps: inside of the Tardis. The Tardis Interior map is accessible from the Earl’s Court Road area of the website where there is a Police Box located next to a small wooden kiosk on the pavement. By following this link and clicking on the double white line in front of the Police Box, you will leave the main map and enter the Tardis.
The Google Maps Tardis is modelled on the current interior that was first seen in the 2012 Christmas Special ‘The Snowmen’ but doesn’t go beyond the console room. At least not yet, anyway. And if anyone from Google is reading this, that was a not so subtle hint at suggesting the Google Tardis be gradually expanded to include the various rooms we’ve seen over the past fifty years. Especially now that Journey To The Centre Of The Tardis has been broadcast and we’ve seen just how much bigger on the inside it really is.
Although not completely photorealistic, it’s a very faithful and astonishingly detailed recreation of the current Tardis that allows you to get up close and personal with the console and have a wander around the upper walkways that have so far not been explored in the programme itself. As I’ve said, the only real downside is that nothing beyond the console room has been added but then again, this is just a fun little Easter Egg and not a serious attempt at a virtual walkthrough.
It’s a great addition to the website, and it’s nice to see big corporations like Google showing their appreciation for Doctor Who and celebrating its 50th Anniversary. It also means we can use this to one-up non-Whovians if we get into a “Which show is better” argument. Excellent work from Google and if they could see their way to expanding their Tardis or adding a Tardis simulator to Google Earth in time for the 55th Anniversary, we’d all be very grateful.
This article was first posted on August 14, 2013