Doors. They’re an essential part of every type of property you are likely to encounter. They come in all shapes, styles and sizes and can give access or deny entry depending on how they are made. In one way, doors make the world go round.
However, some doors are more recognisable than others. Whether you’ve only ever seen one or two movies in your lifetime or whether you’re a full-on TV buff, it is likely that you’ll have seen at least one or two doors on this coming list. See if you can recognise them all!
495 Grove Street – Friends
The name of the apartment block in which Monica, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler and Joey spend much of their free time telling jokes, making Lasagne and practising Unagi may slip many minds, but it is the door to Monica’s apartment that still manages to conjure up that well-known theme song. Even if you weren’t a big fan of this TV series, no doubt you know what the iconic purple door with that odd little picture frame surrounding its peephole looks like.
In fact, the door in itself is so iconic that the directors decided to see it through as the last ever captured shot that we see in the last episode of friends, aired on May 6th, 2004.
The Door to the TARDIS – Doctor Who
Does a door of a police box that is, in fact, a time travelling, dimension altering spacecraft still count as a door? As an interdimensional product of the advanced technology of the Time Lords, the TARDIS is one of the most recognised and most often filmed locations spanning the many Doctor Who Series throughout the course of television history. Even if you have never before seen an episode of Doctor Who in your life, you are bound to recognise the blue police box that serves as The Doctors partial lifeline and primary method of transport throughout the galaxy.
Jurassic Park Gates – Jurassic Park
“Welcome….to Jurassic Park”
John Hammond’s quote from the start of the film is as memorable as it is deceiving in the cult classic Jurassic park. It is a childhood dream; dinosaurs brought back to life and given refuge in a huge zoo filled with wondrous spaces and viewing platforms for people to see them in their natural habitat.
The huge iron gates with the blood red signage are one of the first hints at something being a little awry, and the whole film just becomes a rollercoaster ride of thrills and emotions once the security systems are accidentally shut down and the ‘raptors break free. If you’ve ever watched the film or any of its sequels, it is unlikely that you will forget your first sighting of those ‘pearly gates’.
The Plain Garage Door – The Simpsons
The plain pink – sometimes peach – garage door at the front of the Simpson’s household is seen in every introduction to the show ever made. Normally followed by Homer screaming and running into the safety of the garage as Marge rushes at him with the other car, the door itself is a constant in one of the longest running TV shows of all time. While it may not be an incredibly important aspect of the show in the grand scheme of things, you would be hard-pressed to find an individual who doesn’t remember that comedic opening sequence that leads into the show.
The Wardrobe to Narnia – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
The door to Narnia, hidden in a plain wardrobe in a dusty old house in the country, is one such door that every young child who has ever read the books or seen the films has dreamed about finding in their home. A mysterious yet wonderful world full of talking animals, fantastical beasts with homes and fireplaces and tea sets of their own, Narnia is a very British rendition of a supernatural world within our world. Even if you have never seen nor read the stories, you’ll know exactly where to look if you wanted to find a Narnia of your own.
Characters can be added to a cast or killed off, people can develop relationships, children grow up and leave the nest, but often the settings in long-standing TV Shows remain the same. Which is often why many of these doors are so iconic to us; they represent the shows themselves in their continual state, and that is oddly comforting in a world that changes so quickly.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with Corporate Garage Doors, a UK based garage door specialist established over 30 years ago.