Red Dwarf Easter Egg - Doctor Who Reference in Red Dwarf Cargo Bay

This egg appears in one of the initial seasons of Red Dwarf, quite possibly the first one in which Starbig appears. I cannot pinpoint the episode since my collection is unfortunately very incomplete.
In the cargo bay of the Red Dwarf (where Starbug is taking off in one scene) a tiny blue british police box can be seen nestled upon one of the platforms in the background. It is only on the screen for a second, but it's definitely an homage to Doctor Who (it's the Tardis!), one of the first shows to successfully (if only sporadically) combine comedic elements with true science fiction.

(quick side note - the Tardis appears in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation on a piece of background furniture as well)

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Contributed By: Dangevin on 12-05-1999
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On the bottom right screen. Here it is highlighted. it only pops up for about a second. So watch out.
On the bottom right screen. Here it is highlighted. it only pops up for about a second. So watch out.

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It is definitely the Tardis from Dr Who- it fact that it is there is mentioned on the Red Dwarf website.
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Marwood writes:
This chap is correct, there is a TARDIS in the Red Dwarf cargo bay. It was put in shot by RD's Visual Effects guy Mike Tucker - who is a Doctor Who fan.
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tomgreen writes:
since no-one here seems to know which episode its in, i shall now go and watch every single one of my star trek TNG videos! see you all in about a month
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danae sun writes:
the official booklet with the official dvd of series 3 states that it IS the tardis. any official smeggie would know that! personally i cant see it though. ill have to watch again more closely and screenshot it.
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amber writes:
I believe that the Star Trek - background furniture use - is the two-part episode in which La Forge requests a holo enemy capable of beating 'Data.' I believe it's on the street and if memory serves me correctly there is a time-space discussion.
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Djouroboros writes:
It actually is the Tardis. Now who else better to verify that than the man himself, Mike Tucker, he went to last years RD Convention and he told us about the hidden things inside Red Dwarfs Effects and Models.
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danae sun writes:
Found it now, Series 2 Episode 3 - thanks for the memory It IS the TARDIS. Read the 'Collectors booklet' with the dvd and it tells you. There are a few more things wrong with the episode which I wont go into now, I'll write them all down soon
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danae sun writes:
which episode is it in guys?
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Mulder writes:
Does anyone know the name of the episode of star trek the next generation the tardis is in
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tomgreen writes:
I would also like to know about the startrek episode as i have them all on tape and have never seen the tardis.
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Teza writes:
It is interesting to know as well, that the BBC have given the red dwarf makers permission to include the Daleks in the Red Dwarf movie soon to be released
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The blue midget looks nothing like the tardis, unless you pushed it over and magled it a lot and added other bits of metal like treads and so on.
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Van Zonderen writes:
It is referred to in the story as the Blue Midget, but the craft is actually the TARDIS...and the TARDIS was the Doctor's time/space travel machine in Doctor Who. As to why it always takes the form of a Police Box, that is because it has a broken Chameleon Circuit, which, if in working order, would allow the TARDIS to blend into its surroundings. Example: If the TARDIS landed in a parking garage, it would most likely take the form of either a support pillar or a vehicle of some sort. As to what TARDIS stands for, it stands for Time And Relative Dimension(s) (I've heard it's "dimension", but "dimensions" seems more logical) In Space As to the explanation of "dimensionally transcendental", that merely means that the outer shell of the TARDIS has a gateway into another dimension, and it is this dimension that houses the TARDIS's interior.
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Jon of Smeg writes:
I know the episode you mean, and as a hardened smeggie I can tell you now that it IS NOT the tardis. It is in fact Red Dwarfs other transport craft, "Blue Midget" so there! Any self-respecting smeggie would know THAT!
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tomgreen writes:
OK, I'm back. I watched every single one of them, and I didn't see any reference to Doctor Who at all. I think you're lying to me!
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blue midget is a craft.... not a box!!! I know nothing about Dr.Who so I have never heard of a tardis.... ???retardis???
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