I’ve previosuly met up with Bob Mitsch, Ian Cummins, Jonathan from Paris. This time it was the turn of Mark Ferris, who last year did a run of replica five and Six Shirts, and is known as linxthesontaran. He has also made a SUPERB replica Dalek ala The Chase (see below).
He is currently half-way through a one-year trip to the UK, and has been living and working in Harrogate in Yorkshire. We had been hoping to meet up sooner, but travelling costs down to london and back can be prohibitive, especially on a tight budget.
As it happened, Mark and his friend James, have been on a short holiday to Egypt and were routing through Heathrow for their journey. The return trip from Ciaro to London and then Harrogate would have been a nightmare, so they sensibly broke it up with an overnight stop at a London hostel, giving them a free day in town and a chance to finally meet.
The plan, as usual now when I meet forum members in London, is to do a walking tour of Who locations around the capital.
Mark is much more of a classic series fan than new, so the emphasis was on these stories for the locations I choose.
It wasn’t the best day to be in central London as there was a tube strike, which had closed a number of stations with a lot of lines on reduced service, however, we planned to walk pretty much everywhere, so it didn’t really affect us as such, beyond a busy bus to get us to where we needed to start from.
When I conducted this tour I thought there were only two surviving Police Posts in London.
I have since discovered that there are a lot more.
You can read about all of them under
Eleven TARDISES For Eleven Doctors
We chatted a fair bit about the story, and I pointed out that despite it being a Dalek story, and this being the sole exterior location, only one scene using a Dalek had been shot here.
It was around the back streets here that the Daleks had staged their running battle in the Sylvestor McCoy story, Remembrance Of the Daleks.
As a result there were some panicked phone calls to the emergency services fearing a terrorist attack!
As we were looking around Mark spotted a little bit of grafitti on the wall. It said his name - MARK. Walking around the corner we spotted another. And another. Before long we had spied nearly a dozen of these chalked tags on the walls and it was starting to freak us out!
It was like some kind of warning from the future ala Bad Wolf!
Something Mark said, which I had taken for granted and never quite appreciated, is the proximity of buildings to the Thames. Knowing the place for many years, and simply recognising it in the series, meant I just knew where it was and didn’t notice that you don’t see the river.
Again, looking at it through new eyes, it is a very ugly part of London, with juxoposed walls and textures. It was fururistic when it was built, and you can see why it was used - but maybe it’s had its day . . .
There isn’t really anywhere in Austraila that stocks Doctor Who mercendise to this level, so the pair of them are like kids in a sweet shop, not knowing where to look or what to pick up next! The Cyberman cufflink? The Dalek keyring? The 11th Doctor action figures? I kept out of it!
time was moving on, and we needed to as well, so we caught a bus and went past Trafalgar Square, down Whitehall and around Parliement Square.
It’s a very attractive Georgian house in a relatively quite back street near Victoria, which was handy, as the guys needed to get their coach back to Harrogate from the coach station there.
After a long day walking the four corners on the centre of London, we had a welcome sit down with a coffee before I pointed them in the right direction to head them home.
All in all a great day out with some pleasent company :)