This work by D7606 has the signature iconic photograph of a celebrity, in this case Marilyn Monroe, combined with an iconic piece of British street furniture, in this case a Police Box, more commonly associated, I would imagine, with long running BBC science fiction series “Doctor Who“. You can find out more about D7606’s other works via Facebook or Twitter [for those of you who aren’t planning a trip to Sheffield in the near future].
The sight of this made me smile, which is more than enough reason to share it with you. I expected to see the Doctor’s T.A.R.D.I.S at the BBC Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, in fact the exhibition has numerous Police Boxes used as props on the show over the years, but I didn’t expect to see one displayed in such a dramatic fashion!
If you head towards the Doctor Who Experience, Discovery Quay, Port Teigr, you wont be able to miss it if you look towards the Bay as you walk along (but the view is currently obscured by a metal fence, as you can see in the photograph above).
To the right of the Doctor Who Experience you will find a sign that reads “World of Boats“, which is a brilliant little collection of boats from around the world with a very well appointed cafe, offering refreshments and an excellent alternative view of the T.A.R.D.I.S and good general view of the Bay area.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can even see the T.A.R.D.I.S from the Bay. I paid £3 to go out on board the Daffodil, “The slowest boat on the Bay”, to quote her skipper. The boat leaves from the quay opposite the Pierhead Building and then works its way around the Bay in an anti-clockwise direct. The round trip took about 20 minutes and we passed right by the Box.
The Doctor Who Exhibition was a happy coincidence on my visit to Brighton and it seemed rude not to visit it once I discovered it at the end of the Pier. The Dalek was my favourite exhibit, but it wasn’t as photogenic as the Slitheen, who were relatively new additions to the pantheon of villainous Doctor Who aliens at the time.
I met this employee of I C Fancy Dress in Cardiff whilst searching for something for breakfast (having refused to pay the extortionate price of bed and breakfast at the hotel). After roaming Cardiff city centre for what seemed like an age I ended up having a cup of tea and a doorstep sandwich in Coffee Barker across the Castle Arcade from the fancy dress shop and it’s Dalek doorman.
The Castle Arcade runs from the High Street (if you enter from the High Street end you will confront the Dalek head on, as I did) and then it takes a right turn towards Castle Street and Cardiff Castle. I can recommend Coffee Barker for a nice brew and a thick sandwich, but I didn’t go in the fancy dress shop, so you’ll have to investigate that yourself.
Both of these businesses have Facebook pages: Tea and sandwich: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coffee-Barker/147298511987541
This knitted Dalek or “knitted oddity“, as my good friend Mrs. W would probably describe it, reminds me, every morning, of holidays (holidays in Dorset, to be exact). Mrs. W, my friend, guide to the South coast, historian, tea enthusiast and expert knitter, created it for me and I found it waiting for me in her newly redecorated guest bedroom, back in the Summer of 2011. The exact location of the guest bedroom I would not like to say, but “Dorset Dalek” reminds me of the Wimborne Minster area the most, but also Poole, Wareham, Dorchester and Bournemouth.
I believe the red colour scheme was my choice, to achieve a Peter Cushing, “Daleks – Invasion Earth”, 1960’s, feel (other Doctors and colours are available).
Above: Dalek boarding the train at Poole and heading for Waterloo.
This post is dedicated to everyone who made my holidays in Dorset so memorable.