‘Doctor Who': Google Street View takes Whovians inside the TARDIS

Aug. 15, 2013 | 6:04 p.m.
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Google Street View gives "Doctor Who" fans a glimpse inside the TARDIS, the show's time-traveling spaceship. (Google)

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Google Street View gives "Doctor Who" fans a glimpse inside the TARDIS, the show's time-traveling spaceship. (Google)

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Google Street View gives "Doctor Who" fans a glimpse inside the TARDIS, the show's time-traveling spaceship. (Google)

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Google Street View gives "Doctor Who" fans a glimpse inside the TARDIS, the show's time-traveling spaceship. (Google)

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Google Street View gives "Doctor Who" fans a glimpse inside the TARDIS, the show's time-traveling spaceship. (Google)

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Google Street View gives "Doctor Who" fans a glimpse inside the TARDIS, the show's time-traveling spaceship. (Google)

It seems there are Whovians embedded in Google’s ranks. A newly discovered Easter egg on Google Maps lets “Doctor Who” fans peek into the TARDIS — the Doctor’s time-traveling spaceship — and it is indeed bigger on the inside.

Google Maps users who search for “police telephone box, england” are transported to the iconic blue police box. The TARDIS appears to be parked on Earl’s Court Road in London, and users can virtually explore the inside, or at least the main room (no sign of River Song’s swimming pool or the Doctor’s library).

When viewing the TARDIS from outside, click the double-white arrows directly in front of the police box to be transported inside the TARDIS. Google Street View’s 360 viewing tool provides a close-up view of the TARDIS console and its various controls.

First reported by Jalopnik, the Easter egg appears to have some limitations. Users who have opted in to Google’s new Maps interface might need to switch back to classic Google Maps in order to see the double arrows that lead inside the spaceship.

The TARDIS Easter egg follows last month’s Street View addition of Diagon Alley, the magical thoroughfare from “Harry Potter.” Searching for “Diagon Alley” in Google Maps takes Muggles to Gringotts Wizarding Bank, Ollivander’s Wand Shop and Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes and more landmarks, thanks to a Street View feature based on the movie set built in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.

And “Lord of the Rings” fans will remember that asking Google Maps for walking directions from the Shire to Mordor yields Boromir’s infamous warning: “One does not simply walk into Mordor.”

Click through the gallery above for a look inside the TARDIS and Diagon Alley. Did we miss any other sci-fi or fantasy Easter eggs? Let us know in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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2 Responses to ‘Doctor Who': Google Street View takes Whovians inside the TARDIS

  1. richard schumacher says:

    Plunge onward, chronic piston!

  2. eldragonguille says:

    I've been there, and there,and there…….

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