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Steampunk TARDIS by Promus-Kaa Steampunk TARDIS by Promus-Kaa
Check out the INCREDIBLE 3D version of this drawing, from ~RisiaVyle!! --> [link]

Okay, in a nutshell, the idea behind this is: In this "Steampunk" universe, The Doctor went back to 1891 London instead of 1963 London, where his TARDIS's Chameleon Circuit formed itself into a police box, and then promptly broke.

Also, this is not my design. This picture is based on a real 1891 police call box: [link] Obviously, it's rather fuzzy, and I had to make up a lot of the detail on the box, but it's still not my design...I can't take credit for that. :P

Now for the description!!

A while ago someone mentioned drawing a Steampunk TARDIS, since I also drew the Steampunk Cyberman and Dalek. I thought this was a good idea, only if we were going with the whole steampunk idea, I couldn't use the 1960's design of the police box. If the TARDIS had been in the 1890's (instead of the 1960's) when it's chameleon circuit malfunctioned, it would not be the 60's design we're so familiar with. BUT...to be a TARDIS and a proper Victorian mirror of the normal TARDIS, it would still have to be a police box (or something similar).

THANKFULLY, police boxes did exist in the late Victorian era, but just barely; the very first British police boxes were made in 1891 and developed to help the fact that the Glasgow Police Force spread out over a wider area, and therefore needed a way to communicate with each other. Police boxes were being used in America (as they are actually an American invention), and a certain member of the Glasgow police force invented his own version. 14 were made in total, painted red and made from cast-iron. It serves the same function as the later police boxes (for police men to communicate before radios or cell phones), with a light on top that would turn on to let nearby police men know to answer the phone (a red filter would also cover the light for emergencies). The public could use them too, of course.

An interesting little detail is that the box itself is actually hexagonal. And for all the Doctor Who fans out there, I'm sure you know the signifigance that hexagons play in the design of the TARDIS. ;)

Anyway...enjoy!! :D

MUCH THANKS goes to :icongeneralvyse: for the awesome backrounds!!

TARDIS is copyright of the BBC. Well, actually only the shape of the 60's version of the police box is copyright of the BBC...so I guess this 1890's version is ALL MINE!!!! mwhahaha!!!
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Summer18092 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
the doctor!
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keepcalmanddrinktea1 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
very very amazing!!Clap Heart 
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Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hello, I would like to feature your beautiful work on my blog on Amazing Stories! I will credit you, and link back to this image here on DA.
 The blog is scheduled for Wednesday 26 February, you will be able to find it by following this link: amazingstoriesmag.com/author/a…
 Please let me know if this is *not* ok with you! Keep up the good work!
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Ghostface317 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Wow. Just... wow! This is freaking amazing!
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dwdanielrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
I love the Steampunk TARDIS!
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TheUnsquishedGoomba Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can certainly imagine the Third Doctor coming out of that.
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mArcElIne9 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
What kind of paper did you use? Or how did you make it like that?
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KayleeRydder Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is extremely wonderful! Very well done!
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Lemmy-koopaling Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool!
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wintersweet Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
So glad I came to the original page for this! I had no idea that police boxes were invented in the US or that Victorian police boxes were really this elaborate! How interesting.
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:iconpromus-kaa:
Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Always happy to know that I can inform as well as entertain with my art. :D
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A-Being-Of-Fable Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
THIS IS AMAZING!!!!! - Seven
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:icontimeladymaddy:
timeladymaddy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
This is gorgeous!
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zuzuthezombie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! I love anything Steampunk! MUST GO FIND CYBERMAN AND DALEK!!!
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:iconpromus-kaa:
Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mwhahaha!! :D
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zuzuthezombie Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*does insane, crazy giggle*
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crazydiary86 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Nice :)
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ImTheTARDIS Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I might would like that look...
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kat13bar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Artist
would like to see if you would let us do a short production line of leather goods with your steampunk tardis. angelsandgriffins@hotmail.com.
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TsukiyoSophie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
really cool~
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:iconpromus-kaa:
Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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TsukiyoSophie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
welcome~
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Aofapl Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
I TOTALLY LOVE THIS.
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:iconpromus-kaa:
Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to hear it! :D
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qtlove53 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
wow brilliant love the concept.
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KnabbsKrow Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Can anyone else see the Doctor in goggles, a long trenchcoat, suspenders, bow tie, waistcoat, all that? Speampunk sonic screwdriver in hand? I can so see that. I mean, look at him tinker madly with the TARDIS!
Speaking of the TARDIS, this is amazing!
That is all.
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure he'd need goggles or a trenchcoat - the 8th Doctor didn't have those, and he was the Steampunk Doctor! (Even had a steampunk interior for his TARDIS). ;)

I'm glad you like this! :D
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KnabbsKrow Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Haha, alright then! I'll have to check him out :p
And yeah, no kidding i like this, it's brilliant!
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stigman Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011   General Artist
Do a realistic version of it please!1!!!!!!!
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nefermiw Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
OMG, it's lovely :) And hexagonal... I love it.
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Dagger-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Wonderful concept.
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lovelylarxene Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Very cool concept! I like it. :)
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WendyLady123 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
I know you posted this a while ago, but I was wondering if I might use your image to make a few (low run) jewelry pieces. I'm a geek crafter/single mom trying to make a few pieces of jewelry to raise money to get me and my son to San Diego Comic Con. Contact me on twitter. @nerdrage42 Will totally respect your art and not use it without your permission.
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WendyLady123 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Any way I can ask you for permission to put this on a necklace? Homemade geek jewelry made by a geek single mom.
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Mad-Hattie Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
I LOVE this! Doctor Who AND steampunk?! Two amazing things combined! And drawn beautifully! Great job!
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JJWS19 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Have you seen this [link] by :iconvladislausdantes:
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follow-the-seasons Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
So amazing!
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Llamasarenifty098890 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
wait....isnt the TARDIS already kinda steampunk already? Being all old and everything.
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goodgirl4 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
you, sir, are a winner. that is all.
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:iconpromus-kaa:
Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow - that's very nice of you to say! Thanks! :D
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squirrelbait Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Student General Artist
BEST. THING. EVER. Is there a way to buy this for my wall?
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like it!! As for buying it...I need to see about that...
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Salmadurka Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
you are good
I love everybody your pictures
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Freddy-the-Peacock Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
probably it works for the Eighth Doctor =D
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Undoubtedly! :D
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DanTessier84 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Excellent idea, and nicely realised.
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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Tinkertootz1982 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
never mind about the color I just saw the 3d Version I think the Dr. went and got a sports car (Tardis) on us!
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Tinkertootz1982 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
it would be interesting to see it in color! I like it course I love anything Dr. who!
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MakuPiku Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
AWESOME!
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