It may be a small flat, but from the sheer number of robots, aliens, monsters and technology, a visitor might be fooled into thinking it’s bigger on the inside.
Doctor Who superfan Colin Young has filled every corner of his home with memorabilia from the long and varied history of the UK’s favourite science fiction show.
And as the BBC show prepares to turn 50, some of the prized items among his collection are being transported – by truck, not Tardis – to the National Media Museum in London to take pride of place in a special exhibition.
Colin, 45, began amassing his time-horde as a young boy and it has now grown to include more than 4000 items worth close to £100,000. His vast collection includes a full-size Dalek from the Patrick Troughton era, as well as classic artwork and more modern memorabilia. All of it will go on show at Doctor Who and Me: 50 Years of Doctor Who Fans, an exhibition which opens this weekend to coincide with the hit BBC show’s half century.
Colin said: “I watched Doctor Who for the first time in 1972 and was hooked straight away. I never got into any other science fiction like Star Trek or any of that. I’ve got stuff all over the flat and I’ve had a number of fellow fans around to view my collection.
“My favourite period was the early 60s and I’m always on the hunt for classic stuff from back then. I’m a fan of the modern Doctor Who too, of course, but the first Doctor, William Hartnell, has always remained my favourite.”
Colin, who works as a chef at Liberton Hospital, counts a Servo Robot prop – from 1968’s The Wheel in Space story – as his most treasured item, for which he paid “thousands of pounds.”
His superfandom doesn’t just end with his memorabilia collection either. He also has four Doctor Who tattoos – including a Dalek on his right shoulder and a Cyberman on his left shoulder.
And he said that his passion for the Doctor had never stood in the way of finding his own companions. “All my friends and family know that it’s my passion so they’re not bothered by it,” he said. “All my girlfriends have been fans too, so there’s never been an issue.”
Organisers of the exhibition issued an appeal to fans for items and stories back in July, resulting in hundreds of offers from around the world.
Curator Toni Booth said: “The stories and objects in the exhibition will show just how intertwined into their everyday lives the Doctor has become for so many people.”
NEW DIMENSION FOR INDEPENDENCE DEBATE DAFTNESS
THE Doctor and his trusty sonic screwdriver have been thrust into the centre of a political rumpus over whether a post-independence Scottish Broadcasting Corporation would be able to broadcast the popular BBC show.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has insisted a national broadcaster would be created from the “existing staff and assets” of BBC Scotland if Scots vote Yes. This is disputed by Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who said: “The SNP simply cannot guarantee that we’d still get Doctor Who after independence. Running a new broadcaster means something has to give.”
However, Yes Scotland chief Blair Jenkins has hit back, stating: “Even by Project Fear’s own standards, this scare story is in the stratosphere for sheer daftness.”