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Evolution of the TARDIS Key by Terrasolo Evolution of the TARDIS Key by Terrasolo
I made this piece for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who using my own TARDIS key collection. It started a a project to archive my key collection and then grew into a celebratory piece.

The Classic Series Yale keys are as close to the show as I could get them. Using screen caps and production photos many of us on the Replica Prop Forum were able to match many of the keys used on screen. However, due to lack of production photos and low quality film footage for some of the keys it's hard to get 100% accurate details on. The First and Sixth Doctor being two of the hardest (the Sixth may not have been seen on screen. I am still double checking). So due to this some of the Yale Keys are close enough or idealized versions of the classic keys.

The Classic Series special shape keys (Third, Fourth and Seventh) are accurate replicas - made by Mooncrest Models -to match the screen used props perfectly.

The TV Movie key is not a replica, it is the same 800-Trekker key that was used in the show. That is I bought mine from the same place as the TVM did, not that my key is the screen used one. But they are identical.

The New Series ERA keys are 100% accurate to the screen used keys (minus the teeth cutting as they fit the lock to my TARDIS instead).

The New Series keys that have been sanded of the logo (Keys like The Tenth Doctor, Sally Sparrow, Perception filter, etc) are very very close replicas (pretty much one detail off). The brand of key we used on the RPF to replicate the one in the show is called JMA. The actual brand used in the show for the sanded keys was Silca. We have not yet found blanks of this key to use. Though I am rather happy with the JMA keys.

The Eleventh Doctor and Clara key is a sanded Yale key. Very similar to some of the classic, just sanded to remove the logo like the JMA/Silca keys were.
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gravelgirty Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heavens to Mergatroid, this is ART.
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you!
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SunGryphon Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ThinkGeek just shared this so expect some traffic soon :D This is awesome, by the way.
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A few places have shared it now which is fantastic! But yeah, each time traffic does pick up! Not that I'm complaining :)
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jadesymb Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Love this.  Thank you.
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're Welcome. Thank you ;)
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in-dis-guise Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Didn't Amy Pond have a key?
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately Amy and Rory never had a key. There was never a scene in which the Doctor gave them keys, nor did we ever see them use one of their own. The first time the Eleventh Doctor gave away a TARDIS key it was to Clara. 
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in-dis-guise Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Strange! :D Thanks for the clarification - I had thought for sure Pond had a key, but now that you mention it I don't remember seeing her use one.
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I think Moff was just more old school with the Doctor in that respect, which makes sense. 
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