While the town of Lowestoft is more well-known for its place in the history of the settlement of Britain, another part of history has come to the town.
A new coffee and comics shop with a Doctor Who theme has opened its TARDIS doors to the public.
Dawn Of Time, owned by Who fan and Second Doctor cosplayer Jim Poole and his business partner Amy Pond look-a-like Nikoya Sutton opened the shop in town’s High Street last month.
Along with the TARDIS doors entrance beckoning Whovians to the shop, they have on display many items related to the show, including a Dalek, a Cyberman, and their very own K-9, as we as photographs and other ephemera.
While only open a short time, the shop already hopes to soon have a customer in the Doctor himself – John Hurt, who lives near the town of Cromer, and pops out to local events from time to time…
Poole recently went to the town’s Christmas lights display dressed in full Whovian gear:
We went to the Cromer Christmas lights in our Doctor Who gear and John said to us ‘Ahh, Whovians’ and seemed very interested when we told him about the Dawn of Time. Word of mouth is spreading about Dawn of Time and we have had people up from London visiting. It is a place where people can enjoy a nice coffee and tea and talk about their favourite programme as well if they are a fan.
Poole and Sutton aren’t the only ones who get in on the act of dressing up as their favorite characters from the show; Poole’s daughter loves to dress as the Seventh Doctor’s companion Ace, the shop’s IT expert bears a passing resemblance to Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, and the rest of the shop’s staff all dress in character on Saturdays.
There are also plans to add a Weeping Angel to the shop as well as a lounge.
In an interesting historical bit of information, the shop has and a number of “regenerations”, most recently having been a card shop. But it was, at one time, one of the town’s first milk bars – opened in 1963.
(via The Lowestoft Journal)