Alan Hoyle is a man on a mission. His aim is to raise £900 through the Kickstarter website to build a replica TARDIS to take around the UK to various events, children’s hospitals, hospices and schools.
In 2012, Alan was one of the lucky few to be selected as an Olympic Torch bearer and since then he has spent his time traveling the length and breadth of the country with the torch, raising money for a variety of charities and visiting terminally ill children.
On his travels one thing became very clear to him.
“Just about everybody wished to have their photograph taken next to the TARDIS, from young to elderly, the TARDIS is a timeless icon which links generations together.”
The design itself is ambitious, not only will it be collapse-able (including doors that will fold in half once detached) but it will have infra-red sensors housed within its signage that will respond to a sonic screwdriver remote control that will active the light as well as the famous de-materialisation sound and a smoke machine. But even that isn’t enough for Alan:
“We also plan to provide young people at each event with a Doctor Who themed ‘goody bag’ including Dalek, TARDIS, Cybermen, K9 and Sontaran shaped biscuits, cakes and chocolates. (Subject to allergies and parents permission).”
The initial target is to have the TARDIS ready for a combined Halloween/Bonfire night event in Alan’s home town in Northumberland, which also fits nicely with the 50th anniversary celebrations.
The campaign runs until September 5th and can be found here.
There are a variety of packages ranging from TARDIS Engineer certificates through to booking the finished TARDIS for an appearance at an event of your choosing.