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Play Gallery, Mini Museum, Case 14

TARDIS

Biscuit Tin
1980 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Tall cuboid container made from lithographed tinplate. The design resembles the fictional vehicle, TARDIS: an old-fashioned police telephone box, with panelled doors and small rectangular windows. On the front of the tin is shown the actor Tom Baker, standing in one of the opened doors, dressed as his iteration of the fictional character Dr. Who, wearing a long overcoat, pale tweed waistcoat and knitted striped scarf. The lid is hinged and it opens backwards from the image of The Doctor. The top of the lid has some pressed decoration: a round-cornered square with a central circular bump, the latter of which is surrounded by a print of a white flare, to represent a flashing light.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleTARDIS (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Pressed lithographed tinplate
Brief description
Biscuit tin, TARDIS, Dr Who, (Tom Baker); Tin, English, BBC Enterprises, 1980
Physical description
Tall cuboid container made from lithographed tinplate. The design resembles the fictional vehicle, TARDIS: an old-fashioned police telephone box, with panelled doors and small rectangular windows. On the front of the tin is shown the actor Tom Baker, standing in one of the opened doors, dressed as his iteration of the fictional character Dr. Who, wearing a long overcoat, pale tweed waistcoat and knitted striped scarf. The lid is hinged and it opens backwards from the image of The Doctor. The top of the lid has some pressed decoration: a round-cornered square with a central circular bump, the latter of which is surrounded by a print of a white flare, to represent a flashing light.
Dimensions
  • Height: 14cm
  • Width: 7.5cm
  • Depth: 7.5cm
Production typeMass produced
Marks and inscriptions
'POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX'
Object history
Part of the Edward Castle collection.
Subjects depicted
Collection
Accession number
B.85-2016

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Record createdNovember 1, 2016
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