Here is a Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 Clip where our heroes escape in the first Doctor’s TARDIS.

In the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 Clip we get our first look at what the production has done to re-make the first Doctor’s TARDIS interior. The clip just has the wall with the doors and a close-up of the central column. In the pictures released for the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 we see a bit more.

Photo blowup wall missing

Despite them going to great lengths with having the TARDIS exterior as it was back in 1966 one thing inside is not as it was. Back then part of the walls was a photo blowup. I met BBC designer Peter Brachacki in 1976. He had designed the TARDIS interior for the first episode. He said he used a photo of the plastic packing for tablets. I seem to think is was a cost thing. However it was used right from the start and believe it continued in use into the Jon Pertwee years.

In the pictures where you might expect the photo blowup wall we have moulded circles in hexagons! Maybe it is a plot point?? Maybe the current designer thought Photo blowup wall looked naff? Maybe he wanted to link it to be current TARDIS interior? They seemed to have gone to a lot of trouble with other things so this is a bit of a puzzle!

The white hexagon circles have been seen before. Behind Tom Baker in the Art Gallery….

First Doctor’s Yellow Hair

One other thing you may note is the pictures show the first Doctors’s hair being a bit yellow. In An Adventure in Space and Time it is white. It’s the same wig but it’s been in storage. Apparently no one noticed until is was too late. Post production has involved them removing the yellow! Whoops!

The story will be aired on Christmas Day. This includes BBC America and BBC One in the UK.

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 Clip

Doctor Who “Twice Upon A Time” First Doctor’s interior Gallery

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Doctor Who “Twice Upon A Time” Official Lowdown


The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley – Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure.

Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story.

An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity’s darkest hours, “Twice Upon A Time” marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning…

Twice Upon A Time” is written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay, and executive produced by Brian Minchin. The 60 minute special guest stars Mark Gatiss as The Captain. Also Nikki Amuka-Bird as the voice of the glass woman. It will see Peter Capaldi’s Doctor regenerate into the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker).



Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online