Top 51 Sci-Fi Spaceships

1 The TARDIS

Doctor Who

WHY IT’S GREAT Where to begin? Bigger on the inside, can go anywhere in time and space and can camouflage itself when it arrives (well, in theory). The interior has regular makeovers (from retro-’60s sci-fi, to mock-Star Wars, to gothic revival, organic oceanic, junk yard and beyond) – and even timber-clad secondary control rooms – but the flight deck has always contained the iconic hexagon central console and some from of moving time rotor. Other rooms include a wardrobe, various bedrooms, a Zero Room, a boot cupboard, a swimming pool and an art gallery, although the Doctor’s always ejecting and rearranging rooms so who knows what’s inside at any given point.

The real beauty of the TARDIS is that it’s quirky and unique, a series of budget-friendly solutions that culminated in something that sent shockwaves through the zeitgeist almost immediately it appeared. The Doctor loves his TARDIS and you clearly do too, placing it at the top of this poll (though we will admit, the top three places were incredibly close).

WHAT IT MIGHT FAIL ITS SPACE MOT ON Chameleon circuit is likely to break. Tends to arrive slap bang in the middle of dangerous situations. Simple problems like jammed switches can have very strange consequences. And the state of temporal grace (a defence mechanism which means guns cannot be used in the TARDIS) has worked only once in the last 49 years.

IF IT WERE A REAL VEHICLE IT WOULD BE… A VW camper.

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