This article first appeared in issue 234 of .net magazine – the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

A few weeks ago, I was enjoying the first ever episode of Doctor Who, titled ‘An Unearthly Child’. Aside from the title character (who needs no introduction), the programme – 50 in November – is notable for introducing the TARDIS: a machine that can travel anywhere in time and space, is bigger inside than out and can blend in with its surroundings! It appears as a London police box, common in 1963 when the series first aired.

As I watched I thought of recreating the TARDIS in the browser using CSS3. I found myself re-imagining the police box’s key components as HTML5 elements, then considering how they might be styled. Realising that this was all seeming quite plausible, I grabbed my MacBook and began putting my theory to the test.

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