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.


  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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


  5. *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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