The Tardis

For some reason the word Tardis popped into my head… words do that. I remember seeing the first ever black and white BBC TV programme of Dr Who, with William Hartnell as The Doctor. I continued to watch it through the different metamorphoses of The Doctor, right through to Sylvester McCoy but I have no interest in the new series which are so popular.

For those of you who may not know, Dr Who is a time lord who travels though space and time on various quests and adventures; he travels by means of the Tardis, a time machine which, from the outside looks like the old blue British police boxes, but inside has an enormous capacity for all sorts of gubbins. The Doctors may change, (Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith for those of youwho want to know) but the Tardis stays faithfully the same; you’d think it should somehow be able to render itself unseen when it lands somewhere new and probably dangerous, or at least camouflage itself but it doesn’t; it is always a smart royal blue British police box.

What I never realised is that Tardis is an acronym for Time and Relative Dimension iSpace… the word has now become accepted into the language for any apparently small space which manages to contain more than seems possible, anything which is bigger on the inside than what it seems from without.


  1. Mjollnir

    I must admit that I have in the past appropriated this word when referring to the contents of a woman’s handbag. What looks on the outside to be something the size of an A4 folder can contain the entire Soviet navy, the city of Tokyo, every key and lighter that was ever manufactured, several rainforests worth of paper hankies and, for some unknown reason, a hairy, decades-old sherbet lemon! Go on, tell me I’m wrong! ;.D


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