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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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Mudstorm15 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Cool
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Crazy-cartoon-nut Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
do you know the meaning of the spots on the back of the keys are?
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It was never officially mentioned within the show itself but Terrance Dicks and Malcom Hulke - both writers for the Classic Series of Doctor Who - explained in their book "The Making of Doctor Who" that the symbol on the back of the Third and Fourth Doctor's key was the constellation of Kasterborous, Gallifrey's  home system. This symbol is identical to the Seventh/Eighth Doctor's key from The TV Movie. 

The constellation symbol on the back of the Seventh Doctor's key (the one with the Seal of Rassilon on the front) is different from the other three keys. It's origin is unexplained on and off the show so far as I know. 

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Crazy-cartoon-nut Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Thank you very much for the information :)
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:iconterrasolo:
Terrasolo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :) It's a fun bit of information. 
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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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:iconterrasolo:
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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:iconterrasolo:
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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gouchrcouch Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
The Pompeii program was on to day. A significant program in the Dr. WHO saga.  
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That was quite a good one. 
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gouchrcouch Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Sally Sparrow was on today
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the greats. Shame we didn't get to see more of her as a proper companion. 
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gouchrcouch Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
They're showing Dona Noble again. They just aired the one with the gas of the city. Our FAV is coming up soon with Miss Evangelista & the first of RIVER. WHOVIANS FOREVER!!!!
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Nelissya Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
amazing *___*
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:iconterrasolo:
Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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captjackharkness7 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
The awkward moment you realize the Doctor gets most of his Tardis keys from Home Depot!
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish! Home Depot had no idea how to even cut these keys for my box! Which is odd because they are not abnormal keys. I ended up having to go to a locksmith. No clue why Home Depot was so lacking in this department. 
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captjackharkness7 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
I'm actually not surprised. I worked for them 20 years ago, the key cutting machine training is all of 5 minutes long! Even then, they were never too deep in stock on common blanks!
At any given time, most of what you see in the overhead racks are empty boxes!  Sort of a perception filter in itself!

Looking forward to the next podcast!
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Get out?! That's a sly trick. I'd appreciate it more if they could have helped me ;) 

Oh nice! Thanks for listening! They're a lot of fun to make so I'm glad to see people enjoy them. 
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purplefacemcgee Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Don't you know Deviant Art will sell this as a shirt?
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Never even occurred to me to sell this. It's just a picture of my collection. 
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goldenConnpass Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Holy cow you've put a LOT of work and thought into this. It's really impressive, and pretty freaking cool!
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :) The research was a collaborative effort but yeah a lot went into it for sure. 
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jmralls2001 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014   General Artist
That's cool. :)
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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jmralls2001 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014   General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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andaverde Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
wow the 7th doctor had the fanciest key. i want a lock that actually needs a key like that XD
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a really nice key. They back is a bit less intricate but still nice. 
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andaverde Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
yeah it is XD
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FroShaDar Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Man those keys look awesome!
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :) I like them ;)
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fe1959 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Anyway I can get this as a poster?
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:iconterrasolo:
Terrasolo Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As of now, I don't really have any plans but I am considering it. 
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Elentari-Liv Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Love it!
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too! ;)
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Anthro-animals-rule Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Some of them went to Yale! :)

*speaks in Boston accent*  "Impressive school I must say. Quite so, yes indeed! That's why the doctors are so intelligent."
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CodenamedGadge Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
...Yale is a locksmith brand.
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol nice one!
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Sanogard Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
-_-' you're stupid dude 
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bryanx3010 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
very cool!
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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