As the longest running Sci-Fi show on television, Doctor Who has created a mythology that spans 50 years and several generations. The Doctor himself is a Bodhisattva; a nearly immortal being with the powers to manipulate time who reincarnates immediately upon death and spends the majority of his lifetime saving the Universe, and particularly, Earth. Through the Doctor, we are all given the opportunity to become heroes ourselves; as the Doctor changes everyone he meets. And as we hope to become companions and try to live our lives accordingly, we are each inspired to become better versions of ourselves.

As the Doctor's vehicle, traveling companion, and best friend, the TARDIS is eternally recognizable no matter how much the Doctor himself changes. For this series I set out to capture my interpretation of the archetype of each Doctor (because one of the most beautiful things about the Doctor is that we have a hero who explores multiple archetypes on his heroic journey). I chose to represent each version of the Doctor through the space time vortex instead of physical appearance or other superficial means. By removing the physical features of each Doctor and focusing instead on personality, energy, and archetype, I attempt to distill the universal human truth behind each face and present a symbol that allows each of us to imagine ourselves as that particular Doctor.

Archetypally, The First Doctor is a Ruler; his manipulation, need for control, and attitude towards others places him in the leadership role. Jagged lines and static reference his nature as a leader. His colour palette is black and white to reflect his strict and stark personality as well as the technology of the era in which his stories debuted.
The First Doctor's TARDIS

The First Doctor's TARDIS

Archetypally, The First Doctor is a Ruler; his manipulation, need for control, and attitude towards others places him in the leadership role. Jagged lines and static reference his nature as a leader. His colour palette is black and white to reflect his strict and stark personality as well as the technology of the era in which his stories debuted.

The Second Doctor's TARDIS
The Second Doctor's TARDIS

The Second Doctor's TARDIS

This piece was inspired by the recent reimagining of The Power of the Daleks. The Second Doctor is a fantastic representation of the classic archetype of the Bard. For this piece I translated his theme song into the fingering notation for a basset renaissance recorder and included visual depictions of the soundwaves his intro music creates.

The Third Doctor's TARDIS

The Third Doctor is the Intellect or Sage. As such, his TARDIS is a glimpse inside the mind of a brilliant Time Lord and scientist piecing together physics, quantum mechanics, and other sciences to solve the problems of space-time and repair his TARDIS. The image is constructed largely of scientific formulae relevant to space-time, time travel, worm holes, and other areas of physics. And of course, several of the formulas are in classic Gallifreyan.
The Third Doctor's TARDIS
The Third Doctor's TARDIS

The Sixth Doctor's TARDIS

The Sixth Doctor was a Rebel; brash and garish, he had little time for rules or convention. Bright colours reference his bright coat, which was itself a symbol of his unconventional and rebellious nature. Cats are worked into the image to reference his signature lapel pin, which was also a symbol of his unpredictable behaviour and wild mood swings.
The Sixth Doctor's TARDIS
The Sixth Doctor's TARDIS
The War Doctor's TARDIS
The War Doctor's TARDIS

The War Doctor's TARDIS

The War Doctor is an anti-hero. He is that special mix of hero/warrior and rebel/outlaw that results in a hero who is willing to break all the rules in order to do what he believes is right, even if it means doing something wrong. The War Doctor's TARDIS is surrounded by flames that represent the Time War as well as the internal conflict he experiences. Within the flames are shapes that may be angels or flowers or vortexes of destruction, the potential for both creation and destruction in a single moment. Lightning is striking the TARDIS, symbolizing the decision that will forever change The Doctor and the way he percieves the universe. His TARDIS is scarred and damaged, representing the damage to his own psyche and soul.
The 9th Doctor's TARDIS
The 9th Doctor's TARDIS

The Ninth Doctor's TARDIS

The Ninth Doctor is a Survivor; hiding from the pain of his past and avoiding thoughts of the future, he focuses solely on the joy of the present. In doing so he also embodies the Jester or The Fool who teaches us mindfulness through living in the moment. Accordingly, his space is dark with the remembered pain of the Time War, but it is also lit by the brightness and joy of living in the present which radiates out from his TARDIS into the universe beyond.

The Tenth Doctor's TARDIS

The Tenth Doctor is ultimately a Lover. He is charismatic, charming, and attached to his own attractiveness. He is also largely defined by his relationships, especially his love for Rose. The Tenth Doctor's TARDIS is actually two TARDISes, one for The Tenth Doctor, and one for his metacrisis duplicate. The red and blue overlays symbolize the two realities and reference his 3-D glasses, which themselves were symbols for the two points of view and inner conflict of The Tenth Doctor which ultimately results in him being torn into two separate men.
The Tenth Doctor's TARDIS
The Tenth Doctor's TARDIS

The Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS

At his core, the Eleventh Doctor is an Explorer, much like the iconic Peter Pan. Also like Pan, he embodies a part of The Innocent in his eternal youth and optimism. In keeping with his fairy tale story, the Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS is sparkling and magical and speaks of endless adventures. Like all heroes (and all incarnations of The Doctor) he still has trials to overcome, and so the crack in the universe lurks behind his TARDIS, reminding us that even bright happy tales have their dark parts.
The Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS
The Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS
The Twelfth Doctor's TARDIS
The Twelfth Doctor's TARDIS

The Twelfth Doctor's TARDIS

The Twelfth Doctor is The Magician. He repeatedly exercises his talent for finding a way out of impossible situations and scenarios, and even uses a mind palace to utilize his superior intellect and develop a vision. As with many magicians, The Twelfth Doctor struggles with morality in the face of his power, and finds himself trying to have power over life and death; the ultimate hubris of every Magician. The Twelfth Doctor's TARDIS is in a dark place. Blue fire swirls from his TARDIS, symbolizing his power. Cogs and Gears lurk in the background, symbolic of his mental abilities, but also his tendency to be manipulative. An endless clock spirals in the background, symbolizing his desire to control life and death as well as his own rule-breaking immortality and the start of a new cycle of regenerations.

My TARDIS
My TARDIS

My TARDIS

This piece was my first TARDIS and is a representation of what my space-time fabric would look like if I was The Doctor. As obvious as it may seem, I see myself as fulfilling the role of The Creator, archetypally. Thus a toroid spirals out from my TARDIS, symbolizing the quantum field and infinite possibilities. A rainbow radiates outward from my TARDIS, symbolizing the full spectrum of light as well as creativity. Bright sparks of light and swirls of energy erupt from the TARDIS to symbolize the sparks of ideas and creative thought.

Siege Mode TARDIS

The Siege Mode TARDIS symbolizes a shutting down and a drawing in, that space in all of our lives when we shrink in upon ourselves in depression and despair. Splotches of graffiti fill the space around the TARDIS, representing the chaos and turmoil of the external world as well as the inability to make sense of it. After images of the TARDIS are barely visible, but there, symbolizing the idea that things were not always this way. Chaotic swirls spiral outward, symbolizing thoughts of doubt and depression. But in the midst of the drawing inward, a bright light still shines from the TARDIS, the hope that it can re-emerge, and like it, so too can we.

Siege Mode TARDIS
Siege Mode TARDIS

Gallifrey Stands

Gallifrey Stands is a depiction of the moment during which the Doctor saves Gallifrey. Symbolically, it represents bringing together all of the facets of our personality and working in harmony with all of ourselves to create miracles and actualize impossible dreams. It is there to remind us that as the Doctor was able to fulfill his impossible dream, so to can we if we are willing to work in harmony with the entirety of ourselves and believe it possible to do so.

Gallifrey Stands

*TARDIS source file borrowed (and tweaked and abused to fit each Doctor) from JesseLax. 3D TARDIS model created by Kanogtkano (and modified by myself to fit each Doctor). Doctor Who and the TARDIS belong to the BBC. Use of these characters is intended for editorial purposes. The success of these icons is due to their timeless and iconic nature, but also to their widespread adoption by culture as a whole. They are represented here as timeless mythological archetypes and not intended to violate copyright laws in any way.