Doctor Who fans successfully rally to save endangered TARDIS

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Jul 15, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT (Updated)

Here's why a local Doctor Who group in Salem had to begin a "Save the TARDIS" campaign.

Massachusetts has an art program where artists paint drab, boring utility boxes. Artist Amanda Dunham started painting one of those boxes -- as the TARDIS. Her reasoning for the project was:

I started thinking of something that would be significant to Salem, and the TARDIS is a time machine. It invokes the past and present. Salem being a place of historical importance, as well as a new (growing) art scene, it’s not just about the past, it’s about the present.

But not all was well in Salem for the big blue time machine. Rumors abounded that the box would be painted over. Well, part of it, at least. Dunham received an email from the city saying that multiple residents were concerned that people might confuse the painted utility box with an actual police box.

Which makes us wonder if there are a lot of British expatriates who grew up in the 1960s living in Salem. Police public call boxes did exist in the United States, granted, but were more of a late-19th-century convention.

Whatever the reason, there was some possibility that the "Police" part of the design might be painted over. But thanks to quick word of mouth through a local Doctor Who group, Dunham, says that a desire to save the TARDIS "just blew up somehow."

And so, at least for now, it seems that the Doctor's time machine is here to stay. Whew!

(via The Salem News)