Published on May 19th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett
TARDIS for Kent
There are many statues and points of reference in the UK to teach travellers and locals about important historical figures or events. But despite the fact that Doctor Who is a national institution in the UK and despite the fact that it has been active in one form or another for the last 48 years, there is nothing to symbolise that for all to see, in the way that Nelson’s Column is there to remind us of the Battle of Trafalgar.
One Doctor Who fan has decided that enough is enough and is trying to get a full size replica of the good ship TARDIS erected in the town of Herne Bay in Kent at its seafront.
Jason Onion, a local prop maker, has had this idea since an early age and is spurred on even more by the fact that the writer of the very first Doctor Who adventure Anthony Coburn, who wrote An Unearthly Child, lived in the area when he came up with his wonderful ideas.
Mr Onion’s mission statement is very simple, he wants fans to flock to the area and appreciate it for its golden status:
“When fans think of Doctor Who, they are going to think of Herne Bay too.”