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New Doctor Who invited to open replica Tardis in Boscombe
THE Tardis will be materialising in Boscombe in November – coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
A 1960s-style police box has been mooted since 2008 as a permanent replacement for the police van commonly parked in the Precinct as a deterrent to crime in the area.
However, organisers hope the iconic but fully-functioning box, which has been granted planning permission, will also be a tourist attraction.
Earlier this month TV star Peter Capaldi was announced as the 12th Doctor in the BBC series, and local councillor Phil Stanley-Watts said he intended to invite the actor to the November launch.
The former mayor first suggested the idea for the Tardis five years ago.
“There used to be a lot of police boxes about,” he said.
“There’s going to be a police presence there. I think it does a number of things and it’s an attraction in itself.
“I’m trying to get Peter Capaldi to open it. I bumped into him when I was working as an extra on a play.
“I will contact the BBC so it will depend on what they say.
“This will put Boscombe on the map in a positive way.”
Boscombe Police have been parking a police van outside McDonalds on Thursdays and Saturdays – the market days.
Capaldi is the joint-oldest actor – at 55 – to play the part with first Doctor William Hartnell.
An Oscar-winning director, he is most famous for his role as foul-mouthed spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC series The Thick of It.
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