Homemade TARDIS

You know how much we love stories about fan efforts at building Doctor Who props – however it seems that there’s becoming something of a demand as this TARDIS shed shows…

Based on a Liverpool dockside road this version of the TARDIS has attracted a lot of interest since being recreated by MDL Timber, local merchants.

Apparently manager Greg Mercer decided before Christmas to recreate the Doctor’s machine out of exterior plywood.

MDL Timber has sold two versions already with each build taking joiner Steven Conlin and his small team a day to complete.

Costing £375, the “funky-shed” is not yet “bigger on the inside”, and inside the wooden structure there is just a wooden seat.

The SHEDDIS isn’t quite as robust as the real thing, and the flashing blue police light has recenlty broken after being left on for hours!

“It’s just the bulb that’s gone,” said Mr Mercer, the designer and son-in-law of MDL owner Eddie Stephens.

“What we wanted to do was create something special for kids that takes them away from their computer consoles and lets them use a creative space imaginatively.

“We’ve heard people on the radio phone in and ask when The Doctor landed on Great Howard Street.”

Fellow manager Alan Bretherton added: “We’ve had loads of people stopping and taking pictures. If we’d got paid for people asking to take pictures, we would have made a few pounds by now.”

Although not Doctor Who fans Mr Mercer said he does enjoy wathing with his family on Saturday evenings.

Not certain how the BBC’s licensing people would feel about this…

Christian Cawley

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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