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Doctor Who Tardis Type 40 Instruction Manual

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Governed by Time Lord technology, the TARDIS Type Forty is the most powerful craft in the universe and this comprehensive fully illustrated manual holds the key to its operation.

The appearance of the Doctor’s TARDIS, both inside and out, has changed many times over the years, and this manual features every incarnation – including the latest version for the Thirteenth Doctor. The manual covers the console with fully labelled detailed schematic diagrams for each function, the ship’s famous chameleon circuit, as well as floorplans, specifics of dematerialisation, the use of force fields and tractor beams and much more.

Complete with case studies of the wonder-craft in action, taken from the TARDIS’s many trips through space and time, this manual is an essential guide to the wonders of the Whoniverse.

Mike Tucker

Mike Tucker is an author specialising in books for children and young adults, and has written several original ‘Doctor Who’ novels, a number of ‘Merlin’ novelisations, and original fiction for other shared universes. He has also written numerous factual books relating to film and television, including a history of the BBC’s Visual Effects Department, where he used to work.

Alongside his writing, Mike works as a Visual Effects Designer, and his company – The Model Unit – recently won a BAFTA Craft Award for its miniature effects work on the 50th anniversary ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘The Day of the Doctor’

Gavin Rymill (Illustrator)

Gavin Rymill is a digital artist specialising in 3D visualisation and digital sculpting for 3D printing. Since 2006 he has contributed to Doctor Who DVD cover artwork and supplied Doctor Who Magazine covers amongst other product artwork. Since 2013, he has been supplying sculpts for the Doctor Who Figurine collection for 3D printing as figurines.

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  • Harold Saxon

    November 23rd, 2018 - 1:51pm

    I wonder if as well as the missy tardis do we get to see the masters tardis too?

  • MIKSK89

    October 31st, 2018 - 8:50pm

    Got this today, like that it calls the console rooms ‘Desktop Themes’

  • Anonymous

    October 20th, 2018 - 9:08pm

    I’m glad I got this or else I wouldn’t have a clue on how to drive my Type 40 TARDIS. I liked Missy’s Type 45 TARDIS Interior

  • Anonymous

    October 18th, 2018 - 4:24pm

    Meh it’s ok would say 8/10

  • Original Time Lord

    October 17th, 2018 - 8:32am

    I think I’ll wait till it hits the shelves in the Works. Practically all the BBC non fiction books do!

  • Doctor What

    October 15th, 2018 - 10:07pm

    Brought this today at Cambridge Waterstones and it us fantastic, I love the artwork of all the control rooms such as the First, Third, Fifth, Eighth and War Doctor’s control rooms and I love the concept art of stuff like the dematerialisation circuit and the gravitic anomaliser, it’s much better than the original TARDIS book released back in 2010 and looks like the on screen manual (from Vengeance on Varos) as it is blue but not as thick enjoy reading or using it to prop open a vent, throw into a supernova or keep a wobbly table from wobbling

    • Anonymous

      October 20th, 2018 - 8:59pm

      I Brought it on Saturday

    • tomas

      May 22nd, 2019 - 10:33am

      grate name

  • Lucas1701

    May 1st, 2018 - 7:00pm

    For a minute there, I thought we might be getting a licensed Doctor Who Haynes Manual, but it sounds great nonetheless.

  • Fiona Ting

    May 1st, 2018 - 2:55pm

    I cannot wait for the new TARDIS control room look like

  • The Outcast

    May 1st, 2018 - 11:51am

    Finally, a guide to TARDIS controls, so I can learn to fly in order to steal- I mean, borrow, yes, borrow, my own Type 40 TARDIS from where ever.

  • TheSpaceStudent

    April 30th, 2018 - 11:31pm

    Well it seems October 18th is a common date throughout Autumn merchandise release. Maybe we can guess that S11 will air the second week of October? Saturday 13th/Sunday 14th?

  • The Doctor

    April 30th, 2018 - 9:05pm

    I threw my copy into a supernova.

    • Phillip

      April 30th, 2018 - 9:57pm

      What a small universe! I did the very same thing! Wondering how i was going to get a replacement…

    • DoctorFan

      May 1st, 2018 - 8:10am

      Why would you throw the manual into a supernova?

    • The Doctor

      May 1st, 2018 - 9:05am

      I disagreed with it.

    • whovian

      May 2nd, 2018 - 12:38pm

      The Doctor, that may explain why River can fly the TARDIS without the great noise that you make it do then. Hope you managed to save yourself from plummeting to the earth after your recent regeneration. How does it feel being a female for the first time lol


    April 30th, 2018 - 8:28pm

    Is Gavin Rymill The Mind Robber on YouTube, who has designed figurines, covers of DWM and is part of the Dalek 63 88 team?

    • booboo

      April 30th, 2018 - 9:20pm

      I believe he is, very talented chap

    • G

      May 1st, 2018 - 7:55am

      If Gavin Rymil’s involved, this should be an essential book for anyone’s collection

  • The Drums The Never Ending Drum Beat

    April 30th, 2018 - 8:28pm

    Well I can see me and davros getting back on our feet against the doctor hahahaha haha!

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    April 30th, 2018 - 8:17pm

    Somebody should give it to the Doctor.

  • Subzaltys

    April 30th, 2018 - 8:16pm

    OOOOHHHH YEAHHHHH can’t wait! better be thick.


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