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LaraHarris
LaraHarris

No. The TARDIS is already a companion. She doesn't need an avatar or a voice she is what she is. Leave well enough alone.

Jamesss
Jamesss

Could work. The TARDIS itself also regenerates (sort of) meaning you could have it as a permanent companion but with changing actors.


Only one problem with this though. As much as I criticise Moffat, I'd be lying if I didn't say the companions being "puzzles" to solve wasn't somewhat intriguing when done right, and with this that would sort of die...

Doctor Hoosier
Doctor Hoosier

Doctor Who is a show with a lonnng shelf life. Personifying the TARDIS would mean changing actors occasionally. Certainly a device could be introduced to deal with this, but wouldn't it just echo regeneration? Also, the TARDIS her/him/itself would have knowledge on par or superior to the Doctor. Both of these issues detract from the uniqueness of the central character and we also lose some of the mystery and mystique of the TARDIS.

DW_girl
DW_girl

Hmmm. I'm not too sure on this one in all honesty. I really don't approve of the last 2 possibilities, but the hologram could work if executed properly. It would offer a change to the show so that it will never run its natural course, but also I think there's a danger of the show changing so much from its roots that it becomes a completely different programme...

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

While I wouldnt mind a few more episodes over the course of the show in which the TARDIS gains a body, they should be rare, much like multi doctor episodes. maybe there could be a new episode with a TARDIS incarnation once per incarnation of the doctor. but only ever for one story i think :)

teddybowties
teddybowties

oh god i loved Handles too! He was very endearing. Can we have him back please? anyone at the BBC, reading this stuff? Please? TARDIS and Handles.

teddybowties
teddybowties

YES! IF done sparingly, this could add a WONDERFUL, LOVELy new dynamic to the show, and give a lot of us something we didn't know we craved. ti could really be quite special. PLEASE DO IT MOFFYKINS. Pleassssssssse? read this moffat. rEAD ITTTtt.

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

Great article but I'm not too keen on this idea. I think the TARDIS being a voice would seem a little silly and I wouldn't like an android either. If I had to choose I'd choose a hologram, but that would really depend on how they did it. 

ConnorWhite
ConnorWhite

It would be nice to see the Tardis -After changing its style- receiving a android-like body. And when the Tardis gets destroyed again the android would die but the Tardis matrix would still live on, so that the character can die but the Tardis live on

The Living Angel
The Living Angel

I like the idea of the Tardis interface being used more in the future. I would also have liked handles to have become part of the Tardis crew.

Seekles
Seekles

The TARDIS IS a companion and has been ever since the Doctor discovered the old Type 40 all those years ago. The old girl is the Doctors ultimate companion. Everyone else comes and goes, whether they leave, are left or die, it'll always boil down to that madman and his box.

Leighmumford
Leighmumford

I love the idea of a hologram. but like the rest of the tardis, it should only work occasionally or when she wants it too.

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

Sorry, but this is not a brilliant idea. One of the charms of Doctor Who is that the relationship between Doc and his box is non-verbal; what's more, the audience can still understand and empathize with that relationship. It's akin to an enthusiastic car owner talking to his car -- and the car responding like Herbie the Love Bug or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

We don't need to hear (or see a representation of) the Tardis speaking English; the Doctor can interpret that for us -- and the very rare occasions when he gets *that* wrong can add an extra dimension to the story's script. And if you've seen the minisode Clara and the Tardis, you can accept the notion that the Tardis can communicate with his companions in the exact same manner.

Making the Tardis speak English on a regular basis (which is what this article amounts to) is only done for the benefit of the audience, and it would have the effect of removing a fair chunk of the idiosyncratic charm of the Tardis concept as an alien time machine construct. It would also demystify the Doctor somewhat, and the writers will tell you that the Doctor always has to have some mystery about him.

Oliver J. "cool"
Oliver J. "cool"

I think that ruin would the effect of TDW if they did that. I'm not for the idea. :/





mattbester88
mattbester88

Nope nope nope, the tardis must just stay as it is now, the doctors wife was absolutely horrible. 

DanFellows
DanFellows

Are you American by any chance Bib as that sounds just like an idea straight from a show from the 70's or 80's! Ie bad.

Though I too loved 'The Dr Wife' what made it interesting was it was a one off. I did have issues with some parts (can you really see Hartnell walking in and calling it 'sexy?', No!). The TARDIS is a companion already, without a voice or holographic image. Its a constant, always there and to give it a character would only weaken her power and mystery.

When the TV movie was 1st discussed there was talk of the TARDIS having a voice and image and everyone cried no then at the cheesiness of the idea. Where will it stop? A voice in the Sonic as well, after all its an extension on the TARDIS these days!!! As I say, bad idea, very bad!

Temporal Tomato
Temporal Tomato

Such a brilliant idea! My awkward-one-line-to-do-list (thanks, Livefyre...) is now: 1. Infiltrate Upper Boat studios. 2. Join the DW production team. 3. Convince Moffat that this would be a good idea. 4. Buy socks. 5. Start petition to cast Norman Lovett in the role. 6. ?????  7. Profit!


shyx111
shyx111

I think The Doctor's Wife was such a magical episode because that was something unique in the history of the show. I don't know... I like how it is, the two have such a strong connection that I don't think something like this is needed.

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

I like idea number 1, because, as you said, it allows for a lot of cameos.

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

I like the TARDIS still being mostly shrouded in mystery in its character. It keeps it more interesting for fans to think about.

The_Ogri
The_Ogri

I'm not too thrilled about the nostalgia in every episode. I feel like if that are to happen then the TARDIS would become like Captain Cook (The Greatest Dhow in the Galaxy(Sylvester Mccoy) and he was just plain annoying. It's a good idea, but I'm not loving the scenarios that play out in my head. You're right about that they seem to be personalizing the TARDIS, especially with Clara. Who knows/

Lord Styro the Drashig
Lord Styro the Drashig

IMO it could theoretically work, but it would have to be written absolutely perfectly each and every time for it to be any good. 

timerrington
timerrington

The 8th Doctor + Compassion come to mind. Maybe the TARDIS could evolve or the Timelords could send the doctor the gift of an upgrade to the chameleon circuit which allows the TARDIS to appear as a person.

Huknar
Huknar

I wouldn't mind the "TARDIS" back in a series final. That could be a lot of fun and really raise the stakes, but I fear a companion, as much as I loved The Doctor's Wife would spoil the mystery of it, that strange impalpable "it's alive" part of the ship.

sontaran17
sontaran17

.. This is intresting.... I ... I kind of like it.... but Im not sure.... but yes it could - .... hmmmm

Andrew_Swallow
Andrew_Swallow

The computer in Red Dwarf was both a ship and a companion.


The Tardis could write messages.  There is a screen in the control room.

Polyphase
Polyphase

O.T. 

Was watching Spicks and Specks(Australian show like Never Mind The Buzzcocks) last night and it always ends with a guest doing a comedic song. Last night it was Antoinette Halloran and a Dalek doing a duet of 'My Endless Love'. 

What an unexpected surprise, Google it :)

Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh
Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh

I actually hope not... I prefer characters that know nothing about time and space.

MrRazza, Awaiting Results on Thursday
MrRazza, Awaiting Results on Thursday

An interesting idea but not one I would like to see come to fruition, to be honest. It worked well in the Doctor's Wife, but I think the novelty would quickly wear off and could even become annoying. I think that any form of advanced interaction between the Doctor and the TARDIS beyond what we've seen so far (and, recently, with increasing frequency) could also undermine the poignancy and uniqueness of the Doctor's Wife, an episode I already feel is a little overrated.


MetalOllie
MetalOllie

I know I'm going to be in an absolute minority, probably of just one (me!), but I thought The Doctor's Wife was one of the worst episodes since the series returned. The idea of a talking TARDIS fills me with horror! It's just too far removed from Classic Who.. I know things progress, but certain things just don't need interfering with. While I'm at it, can we PLEASE have less of that bloody sonic screwdriver! It's turned into a deus ex machina for everything.

And another thing.. Cybermen.. Lose the 'delete' catchphrase. It makes you sound like a lazy Dalek clone. Not every enemy needs a catchphrase.. Neither does the Doctor, come to that.. "Fantastic, Allons-y, Geronimo...". Not needed!

And, while I'm on a ranting roll.. For the love of all sanity, get rid of the damn Paternoster Gang.. Sontarans are supposed to be warlike, scary enemies, not a comic foil to a lizard. Which should also be sinister. And not have human eyes.

All of those are pet hates.. A permanent TARDIS "companion" added to the mix would probably be enough for me to give up with the show.. something I really don't want to do.

NeutronFlow
NeutronFlow

Interesting.

In The Doctor's Wife, the Tardis told the Doctor that she chose him. 

In The Name of the Doctor we see that it was Clara who suggested which Type 40 to steal. 

I'm guessing that some will respond by suggesting that 'The Tardis must have guided Clara' but given the Tardis's suspicion and mistrust of Clara in 7b i would say that this is highly unlikely.



Pat108
Pat108

I like the idea and the article but I do not think this is something I would want. Why fix something that isn't broken? Plus I think having the Tardis as a companion would take away from the beauty that is in The Doctors Wife.

Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

Cool idea but that would ruin the majic of TDW and the tardis herself said she could never physicaly speak to the doctor again

AaronMcGahon
AaronMcGahon

I cannot see a possibility where this idea would be necessary, let alone good. The characterisation of the TARDIS is such a unique and interesting one, I don't see why anyone would turn it into an overdone cliché. The TARDIS is able to be characterised while being a location and a vehicle and (aside from The Doctor's Wife) manages to get by as a good character without saying a thing. I also feel that this would horribly spoil the episode of The Doctor's Wife, which I personally do see as one of the greatest episodes in Doctor Who history. It would be the definition of the term "too much of a good thing". Why would the TARDIS need to become something that has been overdone to the point that whenever a hologram or android "A.I." character gets really boring. It reminds me of the character of Weebo in the film Flubber, she was funny but got very annoying and to turn the TARDIS into something like that I think would taint something that is a better concept than all of these other concepts.

Timhogan
Timhogan

I think this would be really bad for the story.  I mean I liked The Doctor's Wife, was a great episode.  But the beauty of the Doctor and his companions is they change when they are stale.  If you put the TARDIS there as a companion then you are stuck with it forever.  Not to mention what made that episode great is it was a one and done type of deal.  If that character was there for an entire series I have a feeling it'd get old after about 3-4 episodes.  And you can't have the Doctor send it off, or leave it somewhere, you can't have it die off or get trapped somewhere.  It is the TARIDS.  You can't have Doctor Who without the TARDIS.  It's better to leave it the way it is.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

I love the idea of the TARDIS as a kind of companion. always there in the background, but never THE companion. I prefer to think of her as the mother in law, sticking her nose in :-)

beskar
beskar

Shades of Compassion from the EDAs. Of course, most Who fans who only jumped on in 2005 will have nfi what I'm referring to...

 Notsosmartguy  the dalek of Jersey
Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey

I do hope for more tardis Clara bickering in series 8 :-) I love how they gave her a bit more personality in 7b so I'm down with this. I always wonder what the the old girl thinks of all the doctor's "strays"

DW_girl
DW_girl

How was The doctors wife horrible??

sontaran17
sontaran17

I would say yes to a voice being presence, just the though of the TARDIS communicating through the sonic - your example "Careful Doctor, five Daleks approaching from the south" is just perfect. Gives me shivers



BeyondThePolice
BeyondThePolice

@Andrew_Swallow  Yeah, why does the TARDIS communicate with words with the Doctor so infrequently? She can use holograms, speakers, and text. It's like living in a different country from a family member, except the opposite.

BeyondThePolice
BeyondThePolice

@MrRazza  Plus, if they ruin the character of the TARDIS, will they be able to justify making her all box-y again? And will we love her again as we do today?

DW_girl
DW_girl

Fair enough, people have different opinions. I strongly agree with you about the over use of the sonic screwdriver (I always refer to it as a get out of jail free card these days). Hmm... I don't really have any issues with catchphrases. I love allons-y! I like the paternoster gang but I don't think they should have Strax for the reasons you described above.

Who is the Doctor
Who is the Doctor

@NeutronFlow  Was it mistrust or was the TARDIS jealous of Clara?  I am wondering if it was more of the jealous side.  The TARDIS did let her in once the gateway was open in "Hide" to save the Doctor, and warmed to Clara after she gave her life to save the Doctor in TNOTD as we saw in the beginning of TDOTD.

Temporal Tomato
Temporal Tomato

I found her a little bit too stroppy. I'd much prefer the TARDIS to be a little snarky but not in a mean spirited way, if this ever were to happen. It's a good idea, but I'm neither for or against it. As long as the exterior remains a Police Box.