Electronic TARDIS (Doctor WHO) with light and sound

Presentation of the project:

I decided to make a project for fun with my children. They are fan of Doctor WHO.

I decided to print a TARDIS for them. I Choosed this one, with empty space inside to fill-in with electronic:

The author is countspatula

Pictures from Thingverse for the original project: (click to enlarge)

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Here is my own electronic mix of this project:

I wanted light effects and sound effects (playing Doctor Who Tardis sound and music theme).

3D printing of the Tardis with STL file of the author: (click on pictures to enlarge)

This is my printing with SmartrapCore 3D printer. Infill 35%, 0.2mm layers, no support.

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Electronic schematic: (click on pictures to enlarge)

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Donwload Arduino program and Sound WAV files used for the SD card, and the STL 3D model from countspatula:

I uses the TMRpcm library for playing WAV files. But it seemed to be coded for 16MHz crystal Arduino, and playing two times too slow the WAV files. So I used Audacity to re-encode WAV files to play with a speed acceleration of 100% (so that I double the speed). Also, use a 32 000Hz rate to encode, else you will hear a noisy acute sound surimposed on your WAV file while paying. Use PCM 8 bit unsigned format to re-encode.


You must download and instal TMRpcm library to use my program:

See the Arduino program at the end of this web page.

Electronic realization: (click on pictures to enlarge)

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Electronic filled-in inside the Tardis: (click on pictures to enlarge)

This is the moment where we can say that Tardis is bigger from inside view than oyutside view: I could fill in with many electronic modules! ūüėČ

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Now the test of use (in the dark, for a better light effect, but my camera isn’t good enough to have the full experience! ūüôā )

 A second baby Tardis printed with only 60% of the size of the original one, filled-in with only too static LEDs:

I glued diffuse translucid paper inside so that the light from inside gives a better effect through the windows: we can’t see the electronic inside, only light!


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As you can see all is solederd, since battery casing was too big. I pray not to change batteries so soon….

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Comparison between the big tardis (with advanced electronic) and the baby one with only LED


Arduino program for the electronic project of the big Tardis:

TARDIS electronic light and sound project for the 3D printed Tardis from here:

See the project on this website:

By Pascelectric

#include <SD.h> 
#define SD_ChipSelectPin 4  
#include <TMRpcm.h>          
#include <SPI.h>

TMRpcm tmrpcm;   // create an object for use in this sketch
int i,sens,etape;

int vert=5;
int rouge=6;
int bleu=3;
int blanc=10;
int speaker=9;

void setup() {
  // put your setup code here, to run once:
  tmrpcm.speakerPin = speaker; 

void loop() {
  // put your main code here, to run repeatedly:

  if(!(tmrpcm.isPlaying())&&(etape<=6)) {      
      if (etape==2){
      if (etape==3)
      if (etape==4){
      if (etape==5)
      if (etape==6){
  if (etape==1){  
      if ((i==0)||(i==255))
   if ((etape==2)||(etape==3)){  
      if ((i==0)||(i==120))
    if (etape==4){  
      if ((i==0)||(i==100))
     if (etape==5){  
     if (etape>=6){  
      if ((i==0)||(i==255))



2 thoughts on “Electronic TARDIS (Doctor WHO) with light and sound

  1. Pingback: TARDIS Doctor WHO: electronic and 3D printing project | Electronic DIY Project by PASCELECTRIC

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