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Published on March 16th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Runaway Bride Banknote Baffles Cabbie

Doctor Who news from the North East! For real(ish)! About a banknote of all things!

According to The Northern Echo, a cabbie was conned with a £20 note from the “Bank of Doctor Who” (a prop from The Runaway Bride), a taxi driver – who wishes to remain nameless (surely not?) – picked up a fare from Darlington and took them to nearby Newton Aycliffe in County Durham. With a wallet and a visible £20 note on the dashboard, the driver had nothing to worry about, or so he thought…

The driver was suspicious when the man failed to return after five minutes.

He looked in the wallet, unfolded the note and discovered it was a fake. Instead of a picture of the Queen, there was a picture of one of Doctor Who’s foes, the Cybermen. Across the top was written Bank of Doctor Who, instead of the usual Bank of England.

The wallet contained nothing else of value. The driver said: “I normally ask for the money up front.

“It was a good con, but if I see him again, I will make him eat the wallet.”

Local boy Mark Gatiss is not believed to be involved.

Gadget-mad Simon Jansen has built a – wait for it – MAME arcade machine into a Police Box exterior. You can see from the accompanying pictures that this is utter genius, and by following this link can read Simon’s full instructions for building your own. According to Macworld:

You’ll only need some plywood, an old Linux machine to install with MAME, and—repeat after me—way too much time on your hands.

Time you would of course have if you owned a time machine…

The second instalment of Millenium FX’s Creating Character Prosthetics In Silicone is available from the company’s website, with this installment covering:

• Casting out a positive cast

• Sculpting the prosthetic appliance

• Moulding for overlapping appliances

The DVD runs for 60 minutes and shows Neill performing the tasks listed above whilst providing a running commentary including many tips and tricks.

The 60 minute instructional DVD costs £30.00.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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