To celebrate Doctor Who's 50th year Prydon Academy wants to build a parade float featuring the TARDIS console room.
Each year Dragon*Con, the world's largest volunteer-run science fiction/fantasy convention, hosts a parade which takes over the streets of downtown Atlanta, and more than a hundred of our costumed members march in it in celebration of Doctor Who, television's longest-running science fiction series. 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the program, and we want to show our support by building a float featuring a full-scale re-creation of the TARDIS console room: the control center of the fantastic time machine which takes the series's characters on their adventures through time and space! Our version of the console room will consist of elements featured on the program during its legendary run from 1963 through 1989. The control console itself will be an exact replica of the model used by the Fourth Doctor, and will be constructed complete with working lights and a time rotor that rises and falls to show that the ship is in flight. The iconic roundeled walls of the room will be represented by the sides of the float, and the look will be completed by the all-important hatstand. The float will also incorporate flags displaying our logo and a concealed sound system for music and effects including the ever-present console room engine hum.
The float will be constructed atop and around a flatbed trailer, which we already possess, and will be pulled by another vehicle. The back of the float will consist of a shallow ramp to allow for safe access and egress during the slow-moving parade, enabling an ongoing rotation of Doctors and companions to board and dash furiously around the console, throwing switches, pressing buttons, and occasionally thumping it for good measure. The width of the flatbed is sufficient to allow participants to move around the console safely, but for added security the panels which represent the room's walls will extend roughly two feet above the floor, acting as a wall to prevent participants from involuntarily exiting the TARDIS into the street.
A member of our group, a master carpenter, has already completed the blueprints and constructed a half-scale console from them:
The money we raise will go largely to fund his work. Once the basic console is complete, the rest of the funds will go toward materials and construction for the roundeled panels.
To be clear, Prydon Academy is not affiliated in any way with the BBC, to whom the copyright for Doctor Who and images of the TARDIS belong. No monetary profit of any kind will be made from this endeavor; all funds raised will go into materials and construction cost. This is purely a fan project, intended only to celebrate our love of the program. No infringement is intended, and we are enormously grateful to the BBC for allowing us to play in their playground.
Please help us celebrate a half-century of television's most creative science fiction in style! Every contribution will be gratefully received, and we sincerely appreciate your support.
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The construction of the roundeled sections will be straightforward, and we've chosen the large, indented roundels of the Third Doctor's era specifically for the ease of their re-creation. The console itself, though, is a complicated endeavor, and it is to that that most of the funds we need to raise will go.
Our group consists of some extremely skilled individuals, including prop-builders, sculptors, painters, and the aforementioned carpenter. We're up to the challenge, but our most significant roadblock is time. We must raise the money by May in order to have the float complete and roadworthy by the convention at the end of August. If we can raise the funds in time, we can make it happen.
It's a little confusing on the site since Kickstarter's structure requires each backer to select a specific reward, but they're cumulative! Regardless of which they select, every person who donates the listed amount will get the respective item. The ribbon is a thank-you gift just for donating and everyone will be entered into the drawings for special prizes. So anyone who contributes $50 or more will get a patch, a place in a drawing, and a ribbon!.
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Every person who contributes to the project will receive a special badge ribbon to wear during the convention!Estimated delivery:Add $3 USD to ship outside the US
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Each time the total contributions increase by $100, every person who pledged during that period will be entered into a drawing for a special prize. Among the prizes are signed classic Target novelizations, original Doctor Who artwork by professional artists, the Doctor Who board game, hand-knitted Who wear, and more!Estimated delivery:Add $3 USD to ship outside the US
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Every person who contributes $50 or more will receive a custom-embroidered patch featuring the Prydon Academy logo!Estimated delivery:Add $3 USD to ship outside the US
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