Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Ultimate break for Doctor Who fans

Doctor Who star Matt Smith stands next to a Tardis, one of which fan Tom Nichols has outside his house
Doctor Who fanatic Tom Nichols, who is offering overnight stays in his memorabilia filled home to raise money for the Scout Association (Andy Tyler/PA)

A Doctor Who fanatic is offering devotees of the sci-fi series the ultimate overnight stay - in his room which he has turned into a shrine to his favourite TV programme.

Scout leader Tom Nichols, 22, has collected memorabilia, including replica costumes, Tardis keys and a full-size Dalek which featured in the Asylum of the Daleks episode.

Now he hopes fans of the show will pay for overnight stays in his double room within a three-bed houseshare in Reading, Berkshire, through the social accommodation website

Outside the terraced property is a 10ft-tall Tardis which Tom and a friend bought in 2010, and he hopes by inviting people to stay in his Doctor Who-inspired room, fans will come from far and wide.

Tom is offering overnight stays and tours for £50 a night to tie in with the BBC programme's 50th anniversary, with proceeds being donated to the Scout Association.

He said: "My Dad has always been a keen fan of Doctor Who. It was him that really got me into it as a child and since then I've become a massive fan.

"When they brought the show back to TV screens in 2005, it rekindled my passion for Doctor Who and it has been a really big part of my life.

"I imagine my offer will attract a lot of Doctor Who fans who will come forward as it's the 50th anniversary. It's something that could appeal to anyone, young or old."

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