I have seen a few pictures of a Red Police Box in the Doctor Who sites, but there are no particulars as to its significance. Can anyone help me out? I am trying to write a fiction based on the Red Tardis.

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    In the sound of drums the interior of the tardis Looks red after the Master turns it into the Paradox Engine.
    – Richard C
    Jan 6, 2019 at 15:23
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You may be thinking of The Happiness Patrol (three Seventh Doctor episodes, Season 25 Serial 2), in which the TARDIS is pink for a while. From the transcript:

(The Doctor and Ace return to see the Tardis is now pink.)
ACE: Professor, look what they've done!
DOCTOR: Yes, it looks rather good.
DAISY: You look rather unhappy about something.
DOCTOR: On the contrary. Just admiring your handiwork. [To Ace] Huh, miserable looking thing, wasn't it?

Thanks to @Valorum who found the full video online and also an image:

characters standing in front of a pink TARDIS

The significance of it in this story is that they are on a planet where sadness is illegal, and blue is associated with sadness while pink is a more jolly colour. (The episode was intended to be a satire on Thatcherism. Some reviewers have claimed there's a gay subtext in the pink TARDIS, but this theory doesn't seem to be widely believed.)

Other than that, the TARDIS has never canonically been red, outside of jokes and spoofs:

joke Red TARDIS with Russian inscription and hammer and sickle symbol

(click for full size version). You're not the only person to think so though.

  • i went through the internet searching for the site where i saw a Red Police Box and could not find it. maybe, as you suggest it was only a Police Box and not from the Doctor Who series, or probably a spoof. Thank you for the reply and @Valorum for the links. Jan 9, 2019 at 11:40

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