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.

55 thoughts on “Gallus Glasgow T: the Tardis

  1. Sue Archer April 29, 2015 / 02:11

    Yay, the Tardis! I was a Tom Baker fan back in the day. I’ve watched some of the newer ones, but not recently. I thought Christopher Eccleston did a great job, and was sad to see him only do it for one season.


    • Anabel Marsh April 29, 2015 / 07:55

      I never got into the new ones, or any of the post-Tom Baker Drs really. He was the man!

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  2. Ros April 28, 2015 / 23:20

    I know where I’m going for coffee next time I’m in Glasgow!


  3. cassam101 April 28, 2015 / 16:09

    I always thought policemen looked very mysterious when they disappeared into one of those boxes. I remember the first DrWho too and hiding behind the settee when the darkeks appeared.


    • Anabel Marsh April 28, 2015 / 20:03

      Yes, the settee features in a lot of my memories too.


  4. Kern Windwraith April 24, 2015 / 05:24

    My family was living overseas when Dr. Who first hit the screen, but my sisters used to watch it late at night when we were finally back in Canada. Unfortunately, I’m a morning person, and every single time I tried to watch with them, I’d drift off within the first fifteen minutes. It was so frustrating!

    When the newer series came along–in prime time–I was finally able to watch. Love the show. My goal is to catch up on all the old ones on Netflix.

    And my other goal is to build a Tardis. That will probably take a wee bit longer.


  5. njmagas April 24, 2015 / 01:14

    *whispers softly* I have never seen Dr. Who.


  6. Diane Coto April 23, 2015 / 23:02

    Hi there – The boxes almost remind me of the neighborhood mini libraries I’ve seen on FB. BTW, I’m dropping in from a shout out to your blog from Rosie Amber’s blog
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews


    • Anabel Marsh April 23, 2015 / 23:15

      Yes, I’ve seen those too, and thanks for visiting. It was great to get the shout out.


  7. paulaacton April 23, 2015 / 22:59

    Totally Fangirling right now, had my photo taken next to the one in Scarborough last summer might have to come to Glasgow just to get one next to this one 😀


  8. Elizabeth Mueller April 23, 2015 / 22:25

    T-t-TaRdIs!!!! I wonder how many people have actually walked into those things in hopes of finding the Doctor in there. Seriously,some people take things a little too far. btw, I’m sharing this on FB with my kids–they LOVE Dr. Who!

    Elizabeth Mueller
    AtoZ 2015
    My Little Pony


  9. Fee April 23, 2015 / 21:33

    *raises hand* We’re all big fans in this household. My favourite used to be Tom Baker, until David Tennant came along. Another great post 🙂


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