Gallus Glasgow T: the Tardis

Hands up the Doctor Who fans! Ok, so you know about the Tardis then – an old, blue Police Box which is bigger inside than out. At one time there used to be over 300 in Glasgow, allowing officers to keep in touch with their stations and access first-aid boxes. At least one of the handful remaining is now in use as a coffee shop, though, sadly, when I looked inside the interior was just as tiny as the outside.

However, Glasgow does have a Doctor Who connection. Look at the box in the bottom right picture which, I’m sure you’ll have noticed, isn’t real. It’s part of a University of Strathclyde mural (see the previous post on Street Art for more) and is there because the University Archives hold the papers of Verity Lambert, founding producer of Doctor Who in 1963. I’m old enough to remember watching the first episode. I was six and we’d only recently got a television so I didn’t have much to compare it with, but I was entranced.

For more on the Police Boxes, see STV Glasgow’s article and the Facebook page Police Signal Box. Tardis.

U tomorrow, in which we take shelter from the rain.

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55 thoughts on “Gallus Glasgow T: the Tardis

  1. Candia October 13, 2016 / 16:13

    Claim to fame?- have been kissed by Dr Who, aka Sylvester McCoy, in a purely social way, I hasten to add.

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    • Anabel Marsh October 13, 2016 / 16:32

      Ah, probably not the one I would have chosen! I see you have been having an A-Z binge…..

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      • Candia October 13, 2016 / 16:40

        Followed by a Victor and Barry extravaganza!

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          • Candia October 13, 2016 / 17:10

            Alan Cumming was in cabaret in Melbourne last December, when we were there, but somehow managed to miss him.

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            • Anabel Marsh October 13, 2016 / 17:35

              He was at the Edinburgh Festival this year, possibly the same show, but we were away. I’ve seen him on stage twice – mesmerising.

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  2. Su Leslie May 23, 2015 / 23:59

    I was terrified by Dr Who as a child; but watched it anyway (usually from behind the settee). In those days NZ only had one channel and I guess we would have watched anything however good, bad, or scary. Some kindly relative in Scotland sent my brother and I toy Daleks, which was precisely what made Dr Who so frightening. Don’t know what happened to them, but I’d love to have one now. Thanks for spurring my trip down memory lane 🙂

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  3. jazzytower May 12, 2015 / 21:46

    Very interesting use as a coffee shop. Wonder how they manage that. On second thought it probable works well enough. Just like the truck they use here in NYC for a hot dog stands maybe. Interesting.

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  4. Lori L MacLaughlin May 12, 2015 / 18:35

    I can’t believe they could fit a coffee shop in one of those boxes. They’d have to hand mine out to me. I’d be too claustrophobic to go in.

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    • Anabel Marsh May 12, 2015 / 19:24

      You can’t actually get in, only the person serving. It looks a squash even then!

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