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A Partial Map of Your TARDIS (Subject to Change)

SUMMARY: What it says on the tin.
GENRE: gen, 11th Doctor-era-ish
RATING: Totally safe for work or library viewing.
WARNING: large images and many of them.








(Click to enlarge. For clarification of very small text, refer to PDF.)






























































Flickr Set
Download Lossless PDF (ATTN: Fresh, new, object-arrangement-based-mistake-free version!)





NOTES: The idea for this grabbed me by the throat and would not let go. I lost sleep, I ignored more pressing concerns, I burnt my laptop's keypad because I forgot about the cigarette I was holding. This was a super-fun project to do and even if like two people show up and go 'huh' I will still be happy because seriously, this was ~so much fun~. Ugh nerd.

NOTES TO THE MODS: This hovers between fanfiction and fanart, and given a choice between this comm and the nearly-dead dw_fanart, I picked this one. Please don't make me move! I like it here.

NOTES MORE SPECIFIC: All layouts and drawings made in Illustrator, textures made in the Gimp, and the Shipyard modeled in SketchUp. Fonts are Garamond Premier and Snell Roundhand, with interludes of Helvetica and Times New Roman.

DISCLAIMER: I didn't invent the TARDIS, I just do pictures about it, and I make no money, only funtimes and vectors. And vector funtimes.








ETA!


URRONE: I have read all your comments and each of them fills my doofy heart with glee. Thank you all, seriously. At this point my brain pops out thinking about responding to everyone, but I respond WITH MY SOUL and send you great love.


IN RE: Prints!

1. The colors are web-optimized and RGB! Things might print out funny, idek.

2. As I am not super-comfy making money off someone else's property, I would suggest something along the lines of https://printonline.fedex.com - I can't vouch for their online service, but their irl version has always served me well. The process there is to take a file on a USB and go to the counter sayin' MAKE ME THIS ONE SUPER-BIG. If anyone has a better suggestion, do drop a line.

THIS MIGHT HELP?


Individual PDFs (CMYK) for printing individually:

front cover
frontispiece
Console Room
The Library
Outside-in
Recreation Center
The Shipyard
The Aether
A Memorial
Cathedral
The Gardens
Catacombs
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Shuttle Schedule
Cafe Menu
Colophon
back cover






I also realized just now that although it was sort of intended to be portrait-oriented with each page folding in half, I never went through the business of having it make practical sense; either the covers are wrong or the alignment of the text on the front and back inside pages is wrong. This is vaguely distressing me and at the moment I'm not sure how to fix it one way or the other. For now I will assume that no one actually wants to make a book. If it is somehow a thing you're interested in, drop a line and we'll figure something out.

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bewarethespork
May. 24th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
I LOVE IT. It is gorgeous and beautiful and if I can find a way to get someone to make huge posters out of this for me so I can stick them all on my wall, I will. <3
alibi_factory
May. 24th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
let me make you do all the work
Cheers! I have no idea how to go about making prints available online, but if you have a printing place in your area, 11x17 copies should be relatively affordable. Or wheedle your way into a university printing lab and get it done for. Then again, I've always been a fan of doing things the hard-easy way.
Re: let me make you do all the work - bewarethespork - May. 25th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC) - Expand
calvinahobbes
May. 24th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC)
You are awesome! By the time I got to Floor ⌷ I was like *flail*. I took the PDF for keeps!
l_l_calablaster
Mar. 23rd, 2017 01:54 am (UTC)
pdf
Dear calvinahobbes,
Could you help me out? The PDF download link won't work for me. Could you please send me a copy, if possible? That would be wonderful if you could :)
So Long & Thanks For All the Fish,
Lawrence Calablaster
beccaelizabeth
May. 24th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
oooh, shiny!

I love how the weird shapes give a sense of the utterly strange geometry/geography that would have to be involved

and the text and the naming of places and the bits where it goes Unknown
azurelunatic
May. 24th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
*enjoys*

I'm sure the alignment works just perfectly on the Doctor's printers. Not your fault that we don't happen to have them on hand.
alibi_factory
May. 24th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
The Doctor's printers are above such paltry concerns as 'physically possible', true.
secondsilk
May. 24th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC)
This is one of the most awesome things I have ever seen. I adore maps, and the quirkiness of this one is perfectly matched by its poignancy.
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alibi_factory
May. 25th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
Cheers! TBH I wasn't sure I got Eleven over, idk, Ten or Four. It's hard to translate 'new-born colt with no patience' into anything other than Smith's face.
gillo
May. 24th, 2010 09:49 am (UTC)
Awesome, as I'm sure everybody else has said. But no scarf section in the wardrobe? I love the references to past Doctors and his friends. I go right back to the beginning. I sorta feel there should be jelly babies for this!

You ROCK.
alibi_factory
May. 24th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! But there are scarves, it's just really tiny (next to Three's impressive velvet collection).
ptika
May. 24th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
Huh.

In a good way.
bloodanna
May. 24th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
Here from Copperbadge's LJ
This is just... amazing. I'm actually rather lost for what to say. I'll try and go image by image.

Floor Zero: *giggles* "Where Things Happen", indeed.
I love the idea of there being a Café, is that actually canon?
Also I find the fact that there is an entire section of the wardrobe just for hats exceedingly charming for some reason.

Floor AX-11: I adore libraries and I can't help but think that I could live quite happily in this one.
I love that "Lies" is right on the very edge of the "Unknown" as well as the regretful nostalgic feeling that exists in there being a section for things "You Would Have Written if You'd Had the Time".

Floor 17-J: I love this! Just the idea of walking through a door in the TARDIS and suddenly stepping into what is basically a whole world!
I'd love to go to the place that's always raining, I wonder if it's warm rain or cold...
I adore the fact that there's a place for "Lost Souls" which I feel is very "Doctor-y" and am rather curious if one could actually visit that place without becoming one of them.
The thing that makes this map though is the fact that the mountains are "borrowed". *laughs* I can't help but think that they were probably stolen 800+ years ago and are covered in red grass.

Floor Donut: This is possibly my favourite floor, it's just so fun and carefree seeming! I can totally see Eleven spending a great deal of time here especially at the Sidewalk. I can just see him with his shoes off and his jacket thrown haphazardly behind him; he'd probably be kneeling down and looking confused while Amy giggled madly at the chalk dust on his nose.

Floor Nelson: I can't think of much to say about this one except that the design is brilliant; it took me a moment to figure it out then I literally gasped in awe.

Floor 809: Beautiful, just beautiful.

Floor Tuesday: The love and heartache is what gets me here. I know the size doesn't necessarily mean anything, but the fact that "A Better Life" is one of the smallest dots on there still breaks my heart.

Floor 12: This picture is utterly gorgeous! It makes me feel overwhelmed in much the same way huge stain-glass windows do where all I can do is stare with tears running down my face because it is so touching, but I couldn't begin to tell anyone why.

Floor Ampersand (favourite word ever btw): This just really makes me want to plant a garden in that shape, I bet it'd look lovely. After watching the DW episodes with the Angels though I'm not sure I'd go into any room with that many shadows and statues. *laugh*

Ultimately this whole thing is beautiful and quirky, youthful and old, happy and yet so sad at times. It's like everything I think and love about Doctor Who summed up in 17 images and just like the show it makes me want to go and explore more than anything. I will definitely be trying to get these on a huge poster for my dorm just so I can look at them everyday. ♥
alibi_factory
May. 24th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Oof thank you for the epic comment. Frame by frame!

1. The cafe isn't canon, but there has to be at least a kitchen. April's Who magazine (which just came out in my city today, and has a whole thing about TARDIS rooms, and I lol'd for days and then cried at all my canon failures) points out people gotta be eating that food from somewhere. Aside from the Food Machine in the first-first episode.

2. It is, straight-up, a Borgesian library, the idea of which has entranced me since I was a tiny pretentious tween.

3. Hah, I kind of pictured Four just being like, you don't need these at the moment, back in a tic, and stealing the whole range from beneath the wise man on the mountaintop. But oh, yes, Gallifrey, I'm still so bummed it's been time-bubbled.

4. All drawing mathematically complex hopscotch squares, yep.

5. Would it break the illusion to say it's just an extension of my inability to properly use 3D modeling programs?

8. Awwwww have a dimensionally-transcendent tissue.

N. Anyway thank you! Cheers.
tearful_eye
May. 24th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
i'm just gonna repeat everyone: this is so so so awesome, *draws hearts*
& it really makes me wish even more for a whole episode that takes part inside the tardis... it would be SO SHINY!
alibi_factory
May. 24th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
ha ha icon! awesome
Thank you! There were a few episodes, if you're interested, during Tom Baker's era, "The Invasion of Time" and "The Masque of Mandragora" which are awesome in general but also specifically a huge inspiration for this thing. Also "Castrovalva" a little bit. But having one now, with all the special effects and brilliant cinematography, my heart would probably explode.
Re: ha ha icon! awesome - tearful_eye - May. 24th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
(Anonymous)
May. 24th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
*waves* Hello! Another anon here.

Just wanted to say that this is absolutely gorgeous. Consider me in total awe.

:)
davincis_girl
May. 24th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
I came back for a second look so that I could show my children. It's absolutely brilliant in all ways. I hope you don't mind but your compass directions inspired me to make an icon with the same information.
alibi_factory
May. 24th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
I don't mind at all! Plus your version is old-map sexy. I'm super-pleased to have the idea spread. To be honest, I got the idea from my dad, who always reads maps in terms of left/right rather than east/west, which meant we got lost on vacation a lot. And, although I greatly appreciate fandom's approval, there's something extra-special about having kids see it, the heart of the show is really childhood imagination, and...idek. I ramble. But cheers!
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gement
May. 24th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Please add me to the list of people who would buy this if you came out with a print version. You have all my internet love for the day. All of it. This is the TARDIS that my Doctor sails in.
lessrest
May. 24th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
This is mind-blowingly awesome. Really really fantastic. The art is completely gorgeous, and the names of the places within the TARDIS are both funny and beautiful. omg. ♥

AMAZING work!
celtprincess13
May. 24th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Just chiming in to say how much I love this--it's not like you've heard that at all, right? *grin*

My favorites are Floor J17 (cause I love maps) and Floor Donut, although they are all wonderful.
alibi_factory
May. 24th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
I CAN NEVER HEAR IT TOO MUCH. I actually keep several people locked up in the basement just to tell me how awesome I am at regular intervals during the day. Cheers!
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