The Key To Time

by Stephen Hobley on March 10, 2010

Back in the 70’s a whole season of the Doctor Who was devoted to locating the six segments of the key to time. The key was a crystal cube and when assembled it had the ability to ‘pause’ all time in the universe.

I just found this template online and couldn’t resist assembling it.

The bits

All six bits

As a puzzle it’s harder than it looks – as the pieces seem to drop together quite easily – but you always seem to be left with one bit that doesn’t fit.

Not quite done

If anyone knows where I can find a cut-out-and-keep Mary Tamm, do let me know…

Maybe the stick helps...

UPDATE: Yep, that should do it…



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Chris Williams October 16, 2011 at 4:43 am

Unfortunately this is NOT a correct version of the key to time. I made one of these paper models a couple of years ago and was quite pleased with it….until I began trying to work out which episode each segment came from. The more I studied the television episodes the more I realised that these pieces are totally incorrect.
I did some research on the internet and found a website featuring original Doctor Who props ( One of the props on this site was the original Key to Time prop. I contacted the owner of this prop and he told me the story of how producer John Nathan-Turner came to give him this amazing item. He also confirmed to me that the pattern circulating on the web is completely inaccurate.
SO….If anyone wants an authentic version you will have to be very careful. It would seem that some very dubious material has been posted as authentic, when is is definitely not.

Stephen Hobley October 16, 2011 at 8:13 am

I remember checking a couple of pieces against the TV version, and seemed to think that they were correct – I only checked two of them, but that was enough for me! 🙂

propmaker January 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I,ve made a full set of primary blocks for casting the pieces. there are 6 in total. And they fit together nicely.

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