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'Doctor Who' preview: TARDIS, are you ready for your closeup?

The Doctor and Clara Oswald obviously spend a lot of time in TARDIS as they fly through space in "Doctor Who." Viewers, however, have had only glimpses of them aboard the time-traveling blue police box that's bigger on the inside.

Until Saturday, when "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" debuts on BBC America.

Written by Stephen Thompson ("Sherlock") and directed by Mat King ("Law & Order: UK"), "Journey" opens on a spacecraft carrying the three-member salvage team of Gregor (Ashley Walters) and Bram Van Baalen (Mark Oliver), and their coworker Tricky (Jahvel Hall). When the team drags the TARDIS aboard their ship, the TARDIS has a meltdown--she's pissed!

"We spend a lot of time within the TARDIS," Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays Clara, told me earlier in the season. "We go exploring through all the corridors and Clara finds some things she wishes she hadn't."

Clara gets trapped within the malfunctioning ship. The Doctor (Matt Smith), stuck outside the TARDIS with the salvage crew, has just 30 minutes to save Clara and the TARDIS before the police box self-destructs. Oh, there's one other wrinkle: Dangerous ossified monsters are chasing Clara and the others.

The TARDIS is "quite a scary place sometimes," head writer and showrunner Steven Moffat told Digital Spy. "We make a lot of use of that."

"Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" airs at 7 p.m. CT April 27 on BBC America.


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