Doctor Who News A TARDIS in a bottle

Published on January 20th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who Fans Sends Message Through Time and Space

Slightly Fortean news – or simply another illustration of the power of Doctor Who? It’s hard to say, but if I were to tell you that a young lad from Sunderland sent a message through both time and space, you’d think me barmy, wouldn’t you?

A TARDIS in a bottle

But that’s exactly what happened, using just a piece of paper, a bottle and the ocean. Back in 2011, younr Cade Scott, now 11, placed this message in a bottle:

“I love Dr Who. If found, please send back with your name and address and how old you are. Cade.”

17 months later, the bottle had travelled not only in time (to Christmas 2012) but also in space – to Australia, where it was found by 25-year-old Matthew Eltham, who replied on January 7th using more immediate methods:

“Hi Cade, thanks for your postcard. I found it whilst celebrating Christmas on the beach in Perth, Western Australia! Happy New Year.”

Isn’t that cool? Not only that, but the bottle experienced all manner of temperature extremes, from the freezing cold climes of Roker, Tyne and Wear, to the sweltering Australian summer that coincides with Christmas.

No doubt it found itself dragged through a few vortexes too!

(Via The Telegraph)


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+.

One Response to Doctor Who Fans Sends Message Through Time and Space

  1. avatar Alex says:

    The bottle must have gone at a pretty good clip to make it from the UK to Australia in only a year or so, considering it had to go around the south end Africa. Vortex indeed!

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