Mark Anderson and his kids Casey and Logan with the Dr Who TARDIS he built for them, Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle
Mark Anderson and his kids Casey and Logan with the Dr Who TARDIS he built for them, Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle Kevin Farmer

Father builds Dr Who icon

YOU'D be forgiven for thinking Dr Who had touched down in Toowoomba if you drove past Mark Anderson's house and saw the iconic big blue box in his front yard.

Mr Anderson has built a life-size TARDIS for his children Logan, 13, and Casey, 11.

The TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) in the front yard of the Andersons' family home near Gowrie Junction, doesn't look out of place, but has been attracting a lot of attention in the past few weeks.

"The kids got interested in Dr Who after watching it on TV and asked me to make them a TARDIS," Mr Anderson said.

"I was going to just make a cardboard one but ended up making this one instead."

Mr Anderson grew up watching Doctor Who on television, but wasn't too much of a fan beyond that.

"Everyone remembers Tom Baker," he said.

"The new episodes started up on TV and the kids started watching them.

"The young fella (Logan) is a reader so he's up reading about it on the Internet all the time."

So at his children's request, he started creating the time travel machine, made of a steel frame and wood panels, in October last year.

Family issues stopped production for a while, but he got back into it this year and finished it a few weeks ago.

Mr Anderson is a boilermaker by trade and has also built other life-size models, including a Santa's sleigh.

He's even thinking of making a Dalek.

"I've got a mate looking into making the light work and putting some sound effects in there too," he said.

Mr Anderson said people driving past usually stopped when they realized what it was to take photos.

"We've got someone coming out to do a photo shoot with it as well," he said.

THE DOCTOR'S TARDIS

  •  The TARDIS is the Doctor's irreplaceable time machine and the letters stand for Time and Relative Dimension In Space.
  •  It looks like a police box because of a problem with its "chameleon circuit" which occurred in the very first episode, leaving it stuck with this appearance from then on.
  •  It is bigger on the inside.
  •  In addition to the console room, the TARDIS contains a library, a swimming pool, sleeping quarters, a squash court and who knows what else.
  •  According to River Song, the distinctive whirring sound the TARDIS makes as it materialises and dematerialises is caused by the Doctor always leaving the brake on.


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