Dr. Who fans will love this Android Google Now Easter Egg

Dr. Who fans will undoubtedly appreciate this Easter Egg that can be found by popping open Google Now and searching for “When am I?” on your Android phone.

Do it. Seriously. Right now, do it… I’ll wait right here in this smartphone booth.

tardis

See? Told you it was worth the effort and I’m still right here waiting for you. For those not following along at home, here is what we’re audibly told (SPOILER):

“The present, of course. TARDIS functionality is still undergoing development. Sorry.”

I won’t pretend to be a Dr. Who expert and after getting schooled by Wallie Hawkins in the comments, am passing along his far superior explanation of the TARDIS (you can read more here):

he didn’t create it, he stole it. It’s a space filled with different dimensions, each room being a different one and the doorway is simply that. a doorway to another dimension. and then the whole thing travels through space and time. and it’s not made out of a phone booth. It has a cloaking device to blend in with it’s environment. He ended up in London and it broke and is stuck as a police box. He could fix it but he likes it…

Clearly there is at least one, and probably many, Dr. Who fans at Google.

I’m a bit obsessed with time travel movies myself, but never got entrenched in Dr. Who. Perhaps this will kick off my next unhealthy Netflix binge.

[Via Thomas Maiocco]

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  • Wallie Hawkins

    I don’t want to be the geek to correct you….I really don’t. But he didn’t create it, he stole it. It’s a space filled with different dimensions, each room being a different one and the doorway is simply that. a doorway to another dimension. and then the whole thing travels through space and time. and it’s not made out of a phone booth. It has a cloaking device to blend in with it’s environment. He ended up in London and it broke and is stuck as a police box. He could fix it but he likes it…anyway….. it’s an awesome easter egg that made me smile

    • robjackson81

      Allow me to downgrade my “not an expert” to “disgraced newb”… I stand corrected and appreciate the clarification! Updated the article to reflect your superior geekery. Appreciate your comment, thanks for schoolin’ me!

      • The Doctor

        Also, if you start watching, don’t judge it by the first season. :)

        Still watch the first season, but give it a chance. Season 2+ is amazing!

      • Josh

        I’m surprised nobody mentioned this but it’s “Doctor Who” never “Dr. Who”.

        • h4rr4r

          Or simply “the Doctor” which is what he calls himself. “Doctor Who” is what other people ask.

          • Daniel Winchester

            He was the first person to say “Doctor Who?”

    • ShirtlessKirk

      According to the storyline, the TARDIS herself claimed that she “stole” him. Then again, even later in the storyline Clara directed him to that particular TARDIS from a line of available ones.

      I’m not getting the Easter Egg in UK.

      • robjackson81

        So was Wallie re-outgeeked? I’m staying out of this from here on out… I’ll let the experts in the comments hash it out!

    • EarlyMon

      It’s not a cloaking device, it’s a chameleon circuit.

      Not to be confused with an SEP (somebody else’s problem) field from H2G2.

      TARDIS – time and relative dimensions in space.

    • Chad Vincent

      Ah! But there’s the rub… There are two TARDISes, and two Doctors.

      One is the one we all know and love, celebrating the 50th anniversary in 2 weeks.

      The other is the original US remake staring Peter Cushing. In that version, Doctor Who created the TARDIS himself. But he’s also human, and actually has the surname of “Who”.

      • PSarge

        Cushing’s Doctor while having a TARDIS and fighting Daleks doesn’t fit into the cannon of the TV show though. Just to save confusing things :)

    • kc

      I think you’re off on a few things Wallie. No offense. I think there might be more down votes on your post if people didn’t have to login to down vote. But thanks for playing. :)

    • Daniel Winchester

      He tried to fix it once, turned it into a piano I think.

  • jurrabi

    Geek mode activated:

    Do it. Get hooked. The new revision (called Doctor Who 2005 in many places) is a good place to start…

  • CGS

    Haha, just tried it. Awesome.

  • Peter Bognar

    Actually, the thumbnail for the Google calendar widget also has a Doctor Who joke ever since Android 4.0…

    • http://zielak.pl/ Zielak

      THIS is amasing!

    • No_Nickname90

      WHAT!? *goes check*

  • snsethy

    I just get a map.

  • http://makingmoneywithandroid.com/ David Webb

    Google’s Sydney office even has a room named after the TARDIS. I think it’s safe to say they have a few fans.

  • Guest

    My Gnex just tells me the time and my location :(

    • Dean Politis

      Is it the GNex from Verizon? Maybe they blocked this to prevent a “system error”.

    • sdrawkcab25

      works fine on my gnex on verizon, also works on an iPad…definitely not device/network dependent… turn your volume up?

    • No_Nickname90

      Speak it. I typed it and it just showed the time.

  • Robabobbob

    I hope TARDIS functionality be coming in Android 5!

  • Mark Slavin

    :( Didn’t work for me.

  • blest

    Doesn’t work for me

  • Edward Crosby

    Works with the Google app in iOS too. Tried it on my wife’s phone. Works on my HTC One.

  • PSarge

    What are you waiting for Rob? The 50th Anniversary special is only 2 weeks away (as of tomorrow) if you forgo sleep and food and the bathroom you can at least catch up with the episodes that aired since it’s return in 2005 ;)

    • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

      I’m going to see it with a couple friends in the movie theater I can’t wait.

      • PSarge

        Lucky, it’s not in a theatre close enough to me, I will have to content myself with watching it on tv…..several times…..that day :p

  • Me007

    Doctor Who rocks…Start watching it… T.A.R.D.I.S. was not stolen she picked him.

    • Aaron Sua

      well, stolen in the same sense of the word as you steal a girlfriend then. ;-)

  • Calvin Douglas

    “I’m a bit obsessed with time travel movies myself, but never got entrenched in Dr. Who.”

    Good lord, what’s wrong with you?

    • Brian Preble

      This was obvious, since he spelled the name of the show wrong. It’s Doctor Who. :)

      • jaiotu

        Unless you are referring to the movies staring Peter Cushing. Then it is Dr. Who and it’s not “the TARDIS” just “TARDIS”

  • TheHowiie

    watch The Doctor and his companions, you will fall in love.

  • Ben Lutgens

    False, does not work. I’m on a Note 3, stock.

    • Donald Williams

      I second this one. Tried with Caps, no caps, and the “. I have the official time in AZ

      • Ronnie Ron Weez

        Wait you typed it in ? If in not mistaken you are supposed to pose the question using the voice search

      • h4rr4r

        How do you speak in caps? Did you yell?

        You do know voice search means you have to talk right?

      • Robb Nunya

        Don’t be shy little fellow! Speak out like ya got a pair!

    • Chimphappyhour

      Stock Note 3 here also and it does indeed work. Make sure you’re using Google Now and not S-Voice.

    • Spazmonic

      it works fine.

  • Dean Politis

    It works on the Chrome Browser in Windows too. Just click on the microphone and pose the same question. You must be on http://www.google.com and not within a search when you initiate the voice search.

  • Chimphappyhour

    Bwa ha ha ha! If you do start binge watching Dr Who on Netflix, you also need to binge watch Portlandia. They have an episode in each of the first two seasons about binge watching Battlestar Galactica. The second episode about binge watching has a very fun twist to it.

  • Christopher Robert

    You must be running Google search v.2.8.8.849 is the newest update.

  • Anothermuse

    Try asking Who are you? ….I didn’t know Google Now has started being clever.

    • Anothermuse

      Oh, and it gave the correct answer..

  • Mark

    It just gives me a map of my location.
    Would be neat but nope… no go.

    • No_Nickname90

      You have to say it.

      • socalrailroader

        I did, and it still just brings up a map of my location.

  • companyemails

    Another cool Easter egg is instead of say “Ok Google” try saying “Ok Jarvis” and watch everything work just the same. Jarvis, if you remember, is Tony Stark’s much abused computerized assistant in the Ironman movies.

    • Nick

      Ok Jarvis worked 1 out of 10 tries for me. Ok Google has worked every time.

      • companyemails

        Weird. Both work every time for me.

        • wtfsss

          It only works if I’m already in the actual google now app, not from the homescreen on my nexus 5

      • William C Boehm Jr

        same here, worked the first time…then didn’t work…it’s as if google was like “okay, you have had your fun w/ that easter egg..now knock it off!” lol

  • Mad Mike

    Another small easter egg, try saying “Who’s on first?”

  • Karen Swartz

    I don’t even know what Google Now is.

    • Robb Nunya

      Then no TARDIS functionality for you! When the Daleks come, you’re mincemeat.

      • Karen Swartz

        Exterminate.

  • guitarist5122

    It didn’t work when I typed those words in. You have to speak it.

    • No_Nickname90

      LoL!! It showed the time. I was like “all it showed was the time”. =.S

      • http://www.harddrivehousecalls.com/ GadgetMomma

        I spoke it, didn’t work…:-(

        • William C Boehm Jr

          it didn’t work for me at first..i had my phone on vibrate…took it off vibrate..it worked

  • Daniel Winchester

    Start watching at the beginning, ep 1 “An Unearthly Child”

  • Austin_tacious

    It sounds more authentic with English UK set in voice settings.

  • xiwang

    tinyurl.com/l3cselt

    v

  • James Dobbins

    ask it “Who’s on first?” and then “who’s on second”