Unusual Uses For An Old Police Box

As outer plasmic shells go, the form that the Doctor’s TARDIS has been stuck in is one of the most recognizable on television, nay, the Universe.

The Type 40 Time capsules’ exterior exists in a different dimension to its interior and can take on any size or shape to allow it Time Lord pilot(s) to park as inconspicuously as possible. Practical, less flashy than the walking, talking sentient Type 102 TARDIS exterior. But what do you do if it gets stuck? And what if you were stuck with just the plasmic shell?..

On the Interweb a number of enterprising souls have wrestled with just this conundrum: “I have the exterior of a time machine that can’t travel in time and looks like a police box – what do I do with it?!” They might have come by these architectural gems when 20 squatter and more classical-looking Edinburgh boxes went on sale in 2012.

Now you have your plasmic shell – and you’ve followed (or disregarded) instructions to paint it a different colour, what do you do with it? A popular choice seems to be allowing the internal dimensions around the TARDIS food machine to leak to the exterior. Coffee shops and snack bars have emerged from within surviving police boxes where punters can accelerate their morning with a hot cup of trans-temporal coffee…

The Edinburgh boxes (such as the one seen above) have been in on the act too as well as one disguising itself as a miniature art gallery and performance space. Alasdair Peoples provides a potted history of the plasmic shells of the Scottish capital on his blog.

Another empty time capsule has been colonised by the Little Free Library movement. This community of, um, little free libraries, allows you to deposit/ collect a book from an -ideally- TARDIS-shaped depository/ collection box.

Other empty Timelord transports have been converted into mini-shops and the famed Earls Court box has a CCTV camera installed on top (and may or may not have a space-time machine inside).

Are there more out there Kasterborites? Have we missed some re-generated Police Boxes? Do you have one?! And what would you do with your own blue bombshell of a TV icon? Information booth? Mini nail bar? Minibar? Puppet theatre? Or would you put it to more heavy-duty good vs evil use? Tell us below…

Meanwhile, for more police box goodness, check this week’s podKast which features a chat about Brian Terranova’s collection of TARDIS photos.


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