Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 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

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 Wimdu.co.uk.

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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