Returning to Dr John Smith’s Cottage

It’s a pleasure that most geeks would love to have but would never see realised – their beautiful and loved collection immortalised after they have gone. But that’s what Tony Bannister has done for his late brother, David, who passed away suddenly aged 51.

David left a treasure trove of Doctor Who memorabilia that his brother has now put on display in his 19th century cottage-and as previously reported, he’s now taking bookings from fans eager to escape the winter blues.

Tony told KentOnline;

“My brother was a big fan and it was such a shock when he died. He was born in 1957 so he was six-years-old when it started and he loved it right up until he died. He would have loved the new Doctor but sadly he never got to see him.”

Dubbing it Dr John Smith’s Cottage the house, which is in Lydd, Kent features: a living room with wood-burning stove and exposed timbers, full-sized talking Dalek, a master bedroom and single bedroom, robotic K-9 watch-dog, kitchen/diner, a complete video and DVD collection of the TV show, a private courtyard, a selection of Doctor Who action figures and audio plays along with a walk-in TARDIS currently storing garden furniture.

Tony added:

“I think he would have loved it here. He had such a big collection and I thought it was a shame other people couldn’t enjoy it as well. When I was putting the TARDIS up the children next door were saying ‘wow, look at that’ and they came over to see it and they just thought it was brilliant.”

Ever since the cottages website was mentioned on GallifreyNewsBase the site has received over 2000 hits a day.

For a guided tour of the cottage and its ‘apple barn’ annex click here, or else go make a booking!


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