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No, it won’t allow you to enter the Vortex, “that mysterious region where time and space are”, as Terrance Dicks so aptly put it, “one.” Nor, even if you max out the available storage options, will it give you space enough to hold the entire Matrix. Its CPU is not APC. But - let’s be honest - you don’t buy a PC casing that …


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  1. Spoonsinger

    Tiz the wrong colour of blue.

    and therefore tacky.

    1. ukgnome
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      Re: Tiz the wrong colour of blue.

      Depends on which doctors TARDIS, due to set changes and aging of props the old girl has had many a hue of blue.

      I for one would love this to add to my TARDIS collection.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Me too

        But at £400 don't think it's gonna happen

      2. graeme leggett

        Re: Tiz the wrong colour of blue.

        too good looking to go under a desk certainly

      3. Benchops

        Re: Tiz the wrong colour of blue.

        TARDIS collection? I just wouldn't have space to keep them... oh... wait a minute...

    2. Why Not?

      Re: Tiz the wrong colour of blue.

      Allegedly not from SCAN:

      High quality aluminium model matches official Pantone blue colour of the original Tardis.

      Very cool.

      I suspect the pictures sent were modified to remove the background.

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Allegedly not from SCAN:

        Time computers?

        1. hplasm

          Re: Time computers?

          That would explain why the Doctor has to keep hitting it, and the showers of sparks.

  2. JimmyPage

    Presumably they have paid the Beeb ?

    for the use of the design (as a "TARDIS")

    1. Bob H

      Re: Presumably they have paid the Beeb ?

      It really seems weird that the BBC should have trademark rights over the design, given that it is an MPS design, but apparently the MPS didn't do well in its case against the BBC:

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: Presumably they have paid the Beeb ?

        It was easy for the BBC to establish prior art by sending the design back in time...

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Doctor who?


  4. Steve Foster

    Fair Do's

    That's a pretty impressive effort (even allowing for the minor gripes that have already been posted). Bonus points for neatly integrating the optical drive tray into the "fascia".

  5. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge


    But does it have a telephone behind the small door panel?

    1. Laurie
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      Re: VoIP?

      No, but it does have a surprising amount of space for expansion cards.

      1. Zmodem

        Re: VoIP?

        I doubt it, it probaly has a wank £30 mATX motherboard with 1xpci-e and 1xpci

  6. TRT Silver badge

    Type forté? Oh, yes. Very good.

    1. BorkedAgain
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      Yes, I liked that too... :)

  7. graeme leggett

    Not too bad looking

    At least it doesn't have the wood effect of the latest one on TV.

    My I offer material for commentators by suggesting "Windows might be the wrong size"

  8. Dr Who

    Dear Scan Computers

    You have three options :

    A) Give me a fifty quid royalty on each sale.

    B) The Earth gets it. I've had enough of saving the poxy thing anyway.

    C) I'll take one free unit in full and final settlement. Email thedoctor@gallifrey.plnt for delivery details. It's not much to ask and it'll save you a lot of trouble. You know it makes sense.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    <dribble>Cool - but only if I get a real Amy Pond to play with</dribble>

    1. Volker Hett

      Martha Jones!

      1. Mike Richards Silver badge

        Tsk! Youngsters...

        Sarah Jane Smith.

        1. The Brave Sir Robin

          Re: Tsk! Youngsters...


  10. Eddie Edwards

    But does it vworp when switched on?

    How can you review this without mentioning if it vworps when switched on? I can imagine the tears on a young boy's face on paying Mac-level prices for a TARDIS PC that doesn't vworp.

    Although, mad props for the type 40 joke.

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Re: But does it vworp when switched on?

      Install OS/2 Vworp.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: But does it vworp when switched on?

      Only if you leave the handbrake on!

    3. Lord Voldemortgage

      Re: But does it vworp when switched on?

      I have an old Creative CDROM drive somewhere that has made a very good stab at vworping (and a very, very poor one at reading CDs) ever since I dropped it down the stairs.

  11. bunual

    Design issues?

    Even if we ignore the colour of the paint, surely they didn't place the only air inlet above all the air outlets? Did they?

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Re: Design issues?

      Forget it if you overload the PSU and blow a fuse... those mercury-filled fluid links are a bugger to get hold of.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Design issues?

      Since heat rises, I would expect that the top vents are for the exhaust and the PSU (on the bottom) is pulling in cool (and dirty) air and blowing it upwards like the early Pentium Slot II PSUs. The two fans would seem to be for additional stirring of the interior air so as to ensure that all the heat pockets are disrupted. Of course, if they are blowing out and the top is the input, one can still easily reverse the flow with some fairly easy wiring adjustments ;)

      I also have to wonder about the comments concerning the color. One mentioned paint. Really? They don't have coloured aluminium in your time?

  12. TheProf Silver badge

    Want one!

    But I think near enough £1000 is a bit much.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Want one!

      TheProf: "But I think near enough £1000 is a bit much."

      Agreed. Just gimme the case and CD/DVD R/W with PSU and I'll build in my own engine and storage capabilities :)

  13. Corborg
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    I still prefere

    My own time machine:

    Although it only does the 1980's

    1. mark 63 Silver badge
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      Re: I still prefere


  14. GreggS

    Yeah, but is it bigger on the inside

    for expansion capabilities of course

  15. Alpha Tony

    I have to say..


    I'll have to replace all the windows system sounds with samples of Tardis noises too. :)

    ..Of course there is a strong chance I'll have to look for a new companion after my girlfriend finds out I have spunked 2 grand of our savings on geeking-up the flat even more.

    1. Andrew Baines Silver badge

      Re: I have to say..

      Just had a similar conversation with my wife - she phoned while I was reading, so just had to mention..

      1. Elmer Phud

        Re: I have to say..

        to save your marriage/gonads just go to bbc/radiophonatron

        you'll not only have an idiot grin on your face but your bank account remains untouched

  16. Seanie Ryan


    I have a working remote control k9, voice prompts, ears wiggling, nose probe extends.

    i love it. herself hates it

  17. Frumious Bandersnatch

    But I've already got a Tardis-shaped PC

    Mind you, it's one with a functioning chameleon circuit so it just looks like a regular tower.

  18. Frumious Bandersnatch

    damn... I wish I could edit posts

    since I forgot to add something: Also, this

  19. Naughtyhorse


    looks like the Porsche 911 of pc's - in that it's a design classic with the engine is in totally the wrong place. I wish it success.

    (the cd tray thing is pretty neat tho)

  20. AlexS
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    After shoddy service...

    many years ago from scan not even a tardis will make me part with my money....

    I will always remember how that company shafted me...

  21. graeme leggett

    Proper on/off switch at the back.

    Hopefully as a mark of the quality of the build and not because the blue lamp switch might be flakey.

    Does anyone know if the lamp can be made to flash? Missed a trick if it doesn't.

    And the optical drive tray ought to "mmmmmmmmm" out (sorry ,can't imitate classic series scanner sound FX in text)

  22. nuked

    Is it a good enough time machine for XP to be installed as standard?

  23. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    Will it run Linux?

    1. tapanit

      Looking at the specs, it almost certainly will run Linux (and they sell it without OS, too).

      I'm not going to splunk 1k£ to test it, however.

  24. Arachnoid
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    It will of course contain a future proof operating system run by an intel-dimensional processor core and in case of system failure it will be protected with self replicating capabilities

  25. koolholio

    Overpriced gimmic

    Great competition for the Apple fanbois though :)

  26. Gob Smacked

    3D model ?

    Please, open source the 3D model of this... soooo much fun to build this for myself...

  27. ps2os2

    Dr Who PC?

    Well if it was really the TARDIS it certainly wouldn't run windows.

  28. Andrew Baines Silver badge
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    Does the light flash?

    Well, does it?

  29. Mendy


    Do you need a sonic screwdriver to get into it?

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Re: Tools

      No, a cypher indent key for a type 40.

  30. Andus McCoatover

    Dear Santa

    I'd like one of these. I've been a good boy today , haven't used my credit cards, studied hard, haven't insulted or hit anyone. I've eaten no chocolate or candies, never been unfaithful to either my wife, or any of my girlfriends. Please, Santa!

    Sorry the letter is so short, I've got to get out of bed now, and go the the unemployment office.

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Lets just slightly modify an Apple review...

    Once again a shocking example of disregard for customers by going for style over substance and at a premium price point. You could get a much better spec'd machine for cheaper elsewhere hell I could build one in my basement running a modified version of Arch linux compiled manually, but no doubt the Whotards will be queuing up outside television centre to buy one just so they can brag to their mates on newsgroups that they wrote their latest fan fiction on one.

  32. Mike Richards Silver badge

    Anyone else remember the Prime Computer ads with Tom Baker and Lalla Ward?

  33. Anonymous Coward


    That looks really cool! I would have killed for one of those when I was a kid.... but I'm not a kid any more which is why I don't want one.

  34. Longrod_von_Hugendong

    I am sorry but...

    designed by TARDS For TARDS.

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