‘Doctor Who’ police telephone booth to be restored to its former glory

A Welsh town is set to have its last police telephone booth restored.

The Grade II listed police telephone booth on Acacia Avenue, Newport, will return to its former glory after falling into disrepair.

The phone booth, often known as the Somerton Tardis for its resemblance to Doctor Who’s famous time machine, was last restored in January 2010, when Cadw was awarded £ 10,500 to restore the structure. This is the last police phone booth in Newport.

Newport City Council said it would soon repaint the box and renew its famous scarf, which was painted in the 1980s by local residents in reference to the scarf worn by the Fourth Doctor, played by actor Tom Baker.

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The Somerton tardis was restored in 2010 but has seen better days

Councilor Roger Jeavons, Newport City Council Cabinet Member for Municipal Services, said: “I am delighted that Council is able to breathe new life into the old police station.

“Although it has been affected by concrete cancer, ‘Tardis’ – as it is known locally – is an important local feature and is regarded with great affection by residents.

Police booths were once deployed in the UK as a police telephone communication point before public and mobile phones were widely available. The Somerton Police Booth has a lamp mount on the top that flashes to indicate an incoming call.

The first British police boxes were deployed in 1888, and the familiar form of “tardis” first appeared in 1929. British police stopped using such boxes in 1969.

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