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Author Topic: Does the name of Dr Who's 'Tardis' mean anything?  (Read 3045 times)

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Does the name of Dr Who's 'Tardis' mean anything?
« on: 10 February, 2010, 09:46:16 AM »
Or is it just a dreamed up name?

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Re: Does the name of Dr Who's 'Tardis' mean anything?
« Reply #1 on: 10 February, 2010, 09:47:11 AM »
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Relative
Dimension
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Re: Does the name of Dr Who's 'Tardis' mean anything?
« Reply #2 on: 10 February, 2010, 09:53:13 AM »
That were dead swift! Have you got your Time Machine switched to turbo-charges Beeper? Thanks for the answer.
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Re: Does the name of Dr Who's 'Tardis' mean anything?
« Reply #3 on: 10 February, 2010, 10:19:04 AM »
i just saw it and the brain went "OH ME ME ME I KNOW THAT I KNOW IT I KNOW I KNOW I KNOWWWWW!!!!!!"

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Re: Does the name of Dr Who's 'Tardis' mean anything?
« Reply #4 on: 10 February, 2010, 08:55:28 PM »
I've also seen "Time and Relative Distances In Space" in one of the older books.

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Re: Does the name of Dr Who's 'Tardis' mean anything?
« Reply #5 on: 10 February, 2010, 09:40:14 PM »
Probably a typo, the name (or more correctly acronym), was arrived at by Susan; the doctors grand daughter in the first episode of Dr Who in 1963 an unearthly child
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Re: Does the name of Dr Who's 'Tardis' mean anything?
« Reply #6 on: 11 February, 2010, 09:59:47 AM »
Interestingly, it was also referred to without the "The" in the early years - so whereas we now think of the vessel as being The Tardis, I am pretty sure that in William Hartnell's day, they would always rush back to "Tardis".

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Re: Does the name of Dr Who's 'Tardis' mean anything?
« Reply #7 on: 26 March, 2020, 10:11:26 AM »
This burningly interesting question has lain in IA's vaults, sadly unanswered (but with over 2,200 inquisitive IAers looking in on it) since 2010!

So to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its life in solitary confinement, I hereby confer a long-awaited answer...

Tardis (or T.A.R.D.I.S) stands for Time And Relative Dimension in Space.  Clever acronym, eh?

A bit of a mouthful I think you'll agree, but very appropriate for a time-travelling machine with a relative dimension shift ie far bigger on the inside than the outside - and much more fitting than calling it Space Ship Police Phone Box.

Much more info on https://thedoctorwhosite.co.uk/tardis/
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Re: Does the name of Dr Who's 'Tardis' mean anything?
« Reply #8 on: 17 April, 2020, 02:17:54 PM »
Hehe, PK, your eyes must be failing you in this one - Beep answered it almost immediately!  ;D