The console is the result of painstaking
work. The top sections are each made of foamboard with the button recessess
carved out of the foam.
The screens were made of card and inserted
into the recesses.
The base was also made of card with card
It was all painted...
The buttons were all cut out of a schematic
of the console coloured in photoshop. The 'BBC
basic' screens were taken from screencaps of the
show. A trim was placed around the edge of the
The time rotor is a perspex tube, the
internal workings contain transparent and red perspex
rods with rings of plastic sheeting.
The console room is made of five foamboard sections that slot together. The columns
that cover the joins are cut and folded paper. The roundels are
made by filling the holes with PVA. It has been dressed with the
hat stand from the CO TARDIS console room.
It was written obviously in celebration
of the upcoming classic range of figures about which the
AFT has been excited since they were first announced in
This is one of several possible stories
that were proposed. Other more long winded adventures
included a kind of 'search for the Doctor' story where
the Doctor or a companion has to seek out his former
All other ideas were decidedly
convoluted, while this idea, the Doctor stumbling into
his own past was the simplest and could be shot in the
absence of the classic figures.
The Doctor's last line "The Past is
another country..." is taken from LP Hartley's 'The
This story went for a long time under the
working title Countdown- as in 'countdown to the release of the
classic figures'. Another proposed title was 'Looking Back'. The
final title 'Memory Lane' was coined long after the story was
edited. The pages on the site still bear the name "Countdown".
The TARDIS exterior prop is the Flight Control
TARDIS which is markedly different in appearance to the Police
Boxes used during the classic era. I have used photoshop to
alter the 'pull to open' panel from white to black just to hint
that this isn't the 10th Doctor's TARDIS.
Clearly for the Doctor and Martha, this story
takes place sometime during series 3 and at the end of some
unseen adventure. I've placed it after 42 as this is the
first time Martha gets to hear about the concept of
This particular TARDIS console fist
appeared in The Five Doctors. The corridor just
off the console room has a roundel missing with wiring
exposed reminiscent of the 6th Doctor's attempts to
repair the TARDIS during Attack of the Cybermen.
Perhaps this is the 6th Doctor's TARDIS.