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Friday 19 September 2014

Doctor Who fans creates Glasgow Tardis house

Doctor Who fan Erica Quinn looks out from her window after she turned her house into her very own Tardis. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 22, 2011. Life sized cardboard cut-outs of the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations of the Doctor, as played by Matt Smith and David Tennant, companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and time agent Captain Jack (John Barrowman), and a sly Dalek peer put from behind the curtains of the flat-turned-Tardis. Mrs Quinn dresses them up on special occasions like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Easter - giving each a costume. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Doctor Who fan Erica Quinn at her front door after she turned her house into her very own Tardis. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 22, 2011. Life sized cardboard cut-outs of the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations of the Doctor, as played by Matt Smith and David Tennant, companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and time agent Captain Jack (John Barrowman), and a sly Dalek peer put from behind the curtains of the flat-turned-Tardis. Mrs Quinn dresses them up on special occasions like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Easter - giving each a costume. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Doctor Who fan Erica Quinn at her front door, after she turned her house into her very own Tardis. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 22, 2011. Life sized cardboard cut-outs of the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations of the Doctor, as played by Matt Smith and David Tennant, companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and time agent Captain Jack (John Barrowman), and a sly Dalek peer put from behind the curtains of the flat-turned-Tardis. Mrs Quinn dresses them up on special occasions like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Easter - giving each a costume. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A Scottish Doctor Who fan has transformed her house into her very own Tardis.

Erica Quinn has recreated the famous time machine from her front door in Glasgow.

She even matched the paint from an original 1960s police box that still sits a stone's throw away at the corner of the city's Botanic Gardens.

Life-sized cardboard cut-outs of the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations of the Doctor, as played by Matt Smith and David Tennant, companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and time agent Captain Jack (John Barrowman), and a Dalek peer out from behind the curtains of the flat-turned-Tardis on Clouston Street.

Mrs Quinn dresses them up on special occasions like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Easter - giving each a costume.

The Captain Jack figure even spent last year wearing a black armband in mourning for the regeneration of the tenth doctor, played by Scottish actor David Tennant.

The 39-year-old rearranges them throughout the year - currently the enemies and companions are grouped together, with the two Doctors occupying her bedroom, and a solitary Ood in the hall vestibule.

Mrs Quinn, who shares the house with her husband Quinn, two daughters, Joan and Alice and cat, Lucy, said: "They switch around and sometimes they come out of the windows," she said.

"They are an excellent deterrent against having your house broken into because it looks like someone is watching".

The house has become a local landmark, with passers by stopping to take pictures of her tribute to the show.

She said: "I call it my double take door. People walk by and just stop and stare. People have started calling me the Doctor Who House Lady.

"Once I was getting a taxi on the other side of Glasgow - and I went up to the taxi rank and asked to go to the West End.

"One of the drivers said: 'I'll take you, because I want to go past the Doctor Who House. I was like, "That's my house".

"There have been so many people that I have run into in different places and discovered that they knew about my house. People use it as a point of reference to tell people where they are.

"I think it's great that people love to talk to me about it. You often here people stopping and talking about it outside the house. Everyone under the age of five loves Amy the most."

She said her tribute to the cult show began as a joke, but rapidly expanded.

"I'm no more of a Doctor Who fan that most people in Britain - I watch it and I enjoy it, but I'm not obsessed," she said.

The couple, who originally hail from California and Australia, bought the main door flat in 2003 and have been painstakingly restoring it.

It is next door to where the Scottish Colourist JD Ferguson once lived - but no planning permission was needed for the work.

Mrs Quinn said: "It's just when we came to redo the front door, I thought it should probably have a theme. Doctor Who seemed as good a theme as any - it became a bit of a running gag.

"The front door was really terrible. It was brown UPV. My husband hated it more than life itself."

Mrs Quinn is now making plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show next year.

She hopes to build a replica console room in the hall vestibule to complete the effect.

And she's hoping John Barrowman might admire her handiwork this year.

The Glasgow-born actor is in the city to star in pantomime Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates with the Krankies.

Last year, she contacted the actor's agents inviting him to come and have a look - but he was struck down by a chest infection.

Later she was sent a goodie bag addressed to "The Doctor Who Fan".

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