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TARDIS-painted utility box gets re-paint reprieve

by on Jul.15, 2013, under Fun Stuff, Television

This is somewhat local to me, although I haven’t seen it yet…

The town of Salem, Massachusetts has an art program called “ArtBox”, which paints up typically drab utility boxes on streets to be nicer. One box on Bridge Street happens to have been painted as the TARDIS from Doctor Who. But it seems someone thought it might be confused for an actual Police box.

Once rumors started that they might paint it over (although it was later learned they may have only planned to alter the “POLICE” reference at the top), a “Save the TARDIS” campaign started. But now it appears that there are no plans at all to alter the TARDIS, as confirmed by Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll.

Amanda Dunham from Salem started painted the utility box two weeks ago, but received an email saying that some citizens “were concerned” it could be mistaken for the real thing – a police call box, not a time machine.

Of course, for decades in this area police call boxes were very small devices like public fire alarm boxes, not walk-in detention units with built-in telephones…


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