Doctor Who concept art

By Phil Plait | May 19, 2008 9:26 am

I love science fiction, and I love SF art. I particularly like concept art: drawings made of equipment, aliens, and gadgets done by artists as ideas to work form to make for the show. In general, the drawings are far cooler than what actually gets built.

The BBC just put up Doctor Who concept art from Series 3. It’s totally cool.

Case in point: Gallifrey, the Doctor’s homeworld. It’s long gone, destroyed in a war with the Daleks, but the scene where he describes it (together with Murray Gold’s fantastic music) really converys an emotional message. The concept art does as well.

I liked the Shakespeare episode, but if the Carrionites had looked like this, that show would have been even cooler.

I can’t help but think this drawing is accurate enough for people to make knock-off chamaeleon arch pocket watches. I’d buy one.

Tip o’ the sonic screwdriver to io9, though I had seen some of these before.


Comments (11)

  1. madge

    How did you enjoy the Unicorn and the Wasp? I thought it was very funny and loved all the references and in jokes. Did you?

  2. Jeff G.

    I can’t help but think this drawing is accurate enough for people to make knock-off chamaeleon arch pocket watches. I’d buy one.

    Like here



  3. Andrew


    Off-topic, I know, but I was curious as to whether you were familiar with Joao Magueijo. Over the weekend, he hosted a special on the Science Channel which (to me, at least) seemed to be a very good introduction to the big bang theory and inflationary theory, which he the used as a setup to announce that he was looking for the evidence to support his varying speed of light theory. The whole thing *looked* above-board to me, but I am not a cosmologist, so I figured I’d see if you’d seen it.


  4. ShavenYak

    Well, I’m too late to be first to post a link to a watch, but this store has lots of other cool Who stuff as well:

  5. i absolutely *lust* after that pocketwatch, and the minute one becomes available, i shall have to buy it even if it means skipping rent or something for that month. if it works as a watch, so much the better but even if it doesn’t… my sonic screwdriver is getting lonely (and that does function as a pen!)

  6. Tom

    Haven’t watched Who, but I love the Astrolabe-ness of the watch patterning:

  7. Jim

    Wow, I’m really late posting this. (What a bunch of geeks on this site!)
    My Dr. Who watch is already on the way from:

    $34.99 (Actually I Pre-oredred mine for $29.95, but they are in stock now for full price.)

    they are also availavle from:



    11.99 GBP

    There WERE a couple on eBay, but thall sold for higher prices than listed above.

  8. I’d love one that was just an ordinary pocket watch without sound, lights, etc. It’s such an awesome design :) Go well with my waistcoat 😉


  9. RF

    Speaking of “knock-off” watches, this guy makes some pretty terrific ones:

  10. wesco are toying with the idea of making a diecast pocketwatch. what would the intrested be as i think my boss is considering taking an exclusive on this item.


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