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A life-size replica of Doctor Who’s Tardis has been sold for £3,200 at auction in Canterbury

By Marijke Hall

A life-size replica of Doctor Who’s Tardis has been sold for £3,200 at auction in Canterbury.

The fictional time-travelling machine was recreated by lifelong fan of the series Jason Onion, who is also a friend of the family of the show’s co-creator, the late Anthony Coburn.

He has raised at least £4,000 for Children in Need taking the model to conventions around the country and intends to donate the proceeds of the sale to the charity.

The Tardis in all its glory

The Tardis in all its glory

Jason Onion and his Tardis at the Herne Bay Bandstand

Jason Onion and his Tardis at the Herne Bay Bandstand

Constructed of reclaimed oak and weighing one ton, the Tardis was built to mark the 50th anniversary celebrations of Doctor Who in Mr Onion’s home town of Herne Bay, where Mr Coburn lived.

It was his widow, the now-late Joan Coburn-Moon, who was the first guest to step inside the Tardis when it was unveiled at the Herne Bay bandstand in 2013.

The police box has been shown at various sci-fi festivals and events since – and signed by various actors, cast and celebrities – and was auctioned by Canterbury Auction Galleries yesterday (Wed), fetching the hefty sum.

Speaking ahead of the sale, auctioneer Tony Pratt said: “It’s quite a difficult thing to value but there is a worldwide following of Doctor Who.

“We have given it an auction estimate of between £3,000 and £5,000.”

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