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Published on April 15th, 2011 | by Patrick Riley

Where’s *Your* TARDIS?

Imagine living in the US (if you don’t already), relaxing on your sofa while enjoying one of those extra-long Doctor Who marathons BBC America sometimes runs.  It’s time for a commercial break, and you’re too lazy to pop into the kitchen for a quick snack, so you sit through the endless flow of hair product adverts, movie trailers, and car insurance spots.  Imagine your reaction if, in the middle of all that, you see this:

If your imagined reaction is one of utter bewilderment, you’ve just pictured yourself experiencing what this writer lived through back in December during BBC America’s run-up to A Christmas Carol.  Honestly, I’d have written about this sooner, except for some reason I’ve spent the past few months believing I already did.

So if the above video is brand new to you, you must be wondering what the cardiovascular-fluid-covered demonic location it’s all about.  You can click on the following link to www.wheresthetardis.com and find out for yourself, or you can just stay right here on this article and I’ll tell you.

For the last few months, as part of the promotion for Doctor Who Series 6, BBC America has been running a competition for US fans to build their very own TARDISes, with a few conditions: You must be a resident of one of the original 48 states (sorry, Alaskans, Hawaiians, and everyone else), you must include photos (okay, yeah, that’s a given), and you must cleverly place your TARDIS in a public location!

Inspired by an increasing number of public TARDIS appearances over the past few years on both sides of the pond, such as the MIT rooftop prank from last August, this “Where’s the TARDIS?” competition promises you, if you’re the winner, a huge Doctor Who screening event in your town for yourself and 50 friends, and nearly $3000 worth of Who DVDs (Yes, $3000)… in other words, every single Doctor Who television story currently available in the US.

And you don’t have to build an average, full-sized TARDIS either.  Many entrants are getting creative with TARDIS suitcases, clothing, kites… go ahead and think outside the box (sorry, couldn’t resist)!  My personal favourite is this entrant from the state of Maine who made his police box entirely out of balloons!  Wheresthetardis.com has hundreds of other examples from those who have already submitted if you need some ideas to get you started.

The competition ends May 15th, which means you have one month from today to grow your time machine and submit it before it’s too late!  Check the official rules for more!

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Patrick is a temporal hitchhiker who spends most of his time in the future. His favourite Doctor is the Fourteenth. If you're especially lucky, you might even hear him tweet to all you merry folk in the past @10PatrickRiley.




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