Apologies if this is already widely known but its something I only discovered for myself today and thought others on here might be interested.
For some odd reason, I've always really liked that wooden chair which used to be in the console room. It was first seen in the Unearthly Child at the far right of this photo
and continued to make appearances in the programme...
(a shillpages screen cap)
right up until season 14, where it looked as though it had finally been moved back to the room where it rightfully belonged...
Isn't it a lovely bit of design? I often wondered if it was just a stock piece of prop furniture from the BBC store or if it had been especially designed and constructed for the programme (unlikely I guess). And then, today, I came across this...
the throne room of King Minos on Crete and just take a look at his throne!
Now isn't that interesting? And here's a wooden replica as well.
So, what I would like to ask those of you who know far more about these things than I do, is: is this widely known? Were these copies readily available in furniture shops nearly 50 years ago and if so, where could I lay my eager hands (or bottom) on one? And lastly, does that finally prove the Doctor wasn't merely being glib when he talked about that ball of string Romana found in the hold?
Fascinating... I'd often wondered about that chair and even briefly considered trying to make one. Now you've found out what it is, there's some hope of finding one: I've no idea if it is/was a popular reproduction or not, but since it's a copy of something reasonably iconic there's a good chance that there are quite a few in the wild. Nice find!
Post by meantimebob on Feb 18, 2006 12:41:57 GMT 1
It was pure serendipity. I was in a market yesterday, looking at a book stall, leafing through a tome on archaeology and there it was. I was more excited than a grown man has a right to be over such things.
Post by meantimebob on Sept 27, 2007 21:26:00 GMT 1
terrific research, guys. Now if anyone is in oxford and could go measure that chair if possible - that'd be great. I wonder how difficult it would be to make one? Or maybe get a chippie to put one together. Its a lovely piece of furniture.
TG, I did check that out, boy very close, only if the back rest had metal spindles running vertically that be the ticket... You might be able to get a metal fabricator to spot weld on some metal spindles if it's a 'must have' sort of thing... Nice find though!
Well yet another long reaching thread that I decided to have a go at. The OP had mentioned the Minos Throne Chair. Well I rather liked the looks of it too so I thought i would see what could be made of it.
Sadly I think I sort of got it terribly wrong. Those ancient designers really liked the odd ball curves and ellipses. I wouldn't be surprised if the guy was using the shadow of the sun against a mountain outcropping to make this one.
Either way its serviceable enough I think for someone to use as a stepping stone of sorts.