UPDATED! See the comments for further info!
Anyone heard of the rumour that the TARDIS appears in Red Dwarf? Yes? No? Maybe?
Want to know if it’s true?
There was a little known rumour that a Mike Tucker hid a little scale model of Doctor Who‘s TARDIS into one of the Starbug hangar shots in Red Dwarf. As a joke. Now, we were told this by none other than Mike Tucker himself at Coventry’s Dimension Jump. However, he didn’t tell us WHERE it was. No slides, no description, nothing.
Hardly surprising, I have to be honest, most possibly for two reasons…
1. They probably won’t know which episode it was used for, since a lot of those generic model shots were used whenever they were appropriate, and
2. They did do it in 1989, so the chances of them recollecting doing something 12 years ago AND keeping a photo of something they did as a joke would not be close at hand.
So I went to my first port of call : www.eeggs.com.
If you find an Easter egg on a DVD, you can post it on here, and then it becomes part of their database, whether they’ve been verified or not. Kind of like IMDb, really (Norman Lovett as Davros?), so this TARDIS/Dwarf rumour was bound to be there… Sure enough…
“In the cargo bay of the Red Dwarf (where Starbug is taking off in one scene) a tiny blue British police box can be seen nestled upon one of the platforms in the background. It is only on the screen for a second, but it’s definitely an homage to Doctor Who (it’s the TARDIS!)…”
The comments weren’t much help. Check this out…
‘not a god but still a god!’ wrote:
“blue midget is a craft…. not a box!!! I know nothing about Dr.Who so I have never heard of a tardis…. ???retardis???”
What? Why did you write that? I get angry with pointless posts like these… ‘Not a god’ but still a twat!
Jon of Smeg wrote:
“I know the episode you mean, and as a hardened smeggie I can tell you now that it IS NOT the tardis. It is in fact Red Dwarf’s other transport craft, “Blue Midget” so there! Any self-respecting smeggie would know THAT!”
Ah, right, so Mike DID NOT put a TARDIS in Red Dwarf! You are a liar, Mike. Jon says so. “So there!”
Unperturbed by these unfoundedly pointless comments, I thought I’d try and e-mail Mike Tucker himself and see if he could shed any more light on this subject. After all, if anyone would be able to sort this out it would be him.
So this is what I sent him :
I was wondering if you could iron out a long-running and much confused discussion about the appearance of the TARDIS in Red Dwarf. I remember you saying at a recent Dimension Jump Meet that you had purposefully put a TARDIS as an In-Joke to working on Doctor Who. Urban Legend believers and saying that it’s not the TARDIS but in fact ‘The Blue Midget’, Obviously they don’t realise that a true ‘egg’ is something hidden by the creators for their own amusement, rather then putting it in full view of the camera. I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction of the place of this ‘Legendary Egg’ even with some pictorial evidence if possible. I get really annoyed when people who claim to “know” the answer when there are people ‘ie DJ attendees’ who know that it is definitely true, however we can’t prove it as we can’t find the egg ourselves. If you could finally place this long running (and rather frustrating) argument to rest I and a lot of people would be very grateful (and some rather shamed :))
I sent that at 1:21am on the 8th of September 2006 after a long night of trying to find this frigging police box. However, I was surprised to find this in my inbox less than 12 hours later…
There is a TARDIS model in the Blue Midget hanger from series 3 Red Dwarf– fact. (I know’ cos I put it there) It’s a two inch-tall model that is in the corner of the hanger on the full ‘launch corridor’ set. The shot I remember it being visible is the scene where you see the full launch sequence – (the doors opening as the camera pulls back, with Hattie shouting Awoooga!) What I CAN”T confirm is that it is visible in the cuts used in the transmitted episodes.
The only pictorial evidence I know is in an early Starburst (or TV Zone). I’ll attempt to find the picture for you.
God bless him for that.
And for this…
Photographic proof as promised.
Along with this is the aforementioned proof…
I think you’ll find that THAT is irrefutable proof that the TARDIS does indeed exist in a model shot in Red Dwarf.
But which episode is it in?
Well I’m sorry to tell you this but it’s not in any episode. The shot in question was an alternative take on the “Marooned” opening shot. And if you want more proof, all of you who own the 2-disc Series III DVD can see if for yourselves. It’s on the Model Shot sequence on Disc 2 (Marilyn Monroe’s Foot) and it’s around the 6:02-6:03 mark.
Here is a screenshot of it from the DVD for those who still don’t believe me.
I’m kind of glad to have found it, although I would never have found it without asking Mike first, because me (and apparently a lot of other people) didn’t actually know WHERE to look, never mind WHAT to look for.
Now if you will excuse me, there is a rumour that there is a TARDIS hidden in “Thanks for the Memory”…