As a fan of both franchises, something has long nagged at me. Looking at the bridges of several Romulan vessels, I can't help but notice a common design element: a central column which some or all of the bridge officers face inward toward:
Once I was introduced to Doctor Who, this naturally came to mind once I saw The TARDIS console:
My question is, out of universe, was the Romulan design cribbed from Doctor Who? Do they both draw from some real-world design? Is it total coincidence?