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I've been trying to figure this out for some time now and have decided that it's very difficult to try to assign a sense to a medium that completely lacks any perception of that sense save for what is delivered to us in dialogue or smells we should already know.  So that got me thinking about what the different characters would smell like as well.  Tennant would probably smell like his leather coat and something bright and energetic, Matt Smith for some reason I feel would smell like old books and maybe something a bit sweet like custard or cookies.  Anyone else got any ideas for scents from Doctor Who?
 

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I should like the TARDIS to smell of jasmine and oranges, and perhaps a hint of old books.

And that hot electronic smell ...
 

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We discuss these kinds of things all the time at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab forum. The consensus is that the TARDIS smells of ozone, machine oil, dusty books, a bit of Timelord funk (probably some musk), metal and a whiff of a companion's perfume.
 

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And Jelly Babies, don't forget Jelly Babies.
 

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Scheherazade said:
I've been trying to figure this out for some time now and have decided that it's very difficult to try to assign a sense to a medium that completely lacks any perception of that sense save for what is delivered to us in dialogue or smells we should already know. So that got me thinking about what the different characters would smell like as well. Tennant would probably smell like his leather coat and something bright and energetic, Matt Smith for some reason I feel would smell like old books and maybe something a bit sweet like custard or cookies. Anyone else got any ideas for scents from Doctor Who?
I think you mean custard and fish sticks. :D
 

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I have always wondered if there's a bathroom with a shower in there somewhere. In the Tom Baker years they showed some of the other rooms but they never do now. Anyway, an enclosed space with people in it who don't get a chance to wash much can smell a little funky.
 

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MeiLei nailed it.  The Tardis smells of electricity and lubricants.  Probably strongly, so many of the systems are a bit haywire, why should ventilation be any different?

I wonder what some of the aliens smell like?  The Ood in particular.
 

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I get the impression of oiled leather and brass polish from the Matt Smith/Moffat Tardis.  9/10's Tardis was more greased metal and burnt plastic.
 

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Yeah, I was trying to figure out a Dalek smell.  I'm curious about the different companions too.  Especially Sarah Jane who is the only one I can remember them mentioning actually using perfume in the show.  I seem to remember Tennant's doctor liking some sort of fruity, tropical shampoo or something from one episode but I can't remember which one to save my life.
 

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Well now we just this season saw the Tardis as a very pretty lady.
So I would suspect that she has a tantalizing perfume that at least the Doctor can smell....and we know that he has always talked to "her" affectionately.

Just sayin.....
 

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Well now we just this season saw the Tardis as a very pretty lady.
So I would suspect that she has a tantalizing perfume that at least the Doctor can smell....and we know that he has always talked to "her" affectionately.

Just sayin.....
And we have confirmed a swimming pool, so there'd be a faint chlorine smell.
 

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The Doctor can probably concoct whatever scent he wants... depending on the day or hour. Gasoline for morning, lilacs for afternoon, whatever...
 

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Time and relative disinfectant in space.
 
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