WEST JEFFERSON-The mystery behind a local homage to the British cult classic TV series Dr. Who will remain just that.
At least for now.
Eagle eyed visitors to downtown West Jefferson recently spotted a TARDIS – officially “Time and Relative Dimension In Space” – a central feature of BBC’s long running Doctor Who science fiction series. In the series, a TARDIS is a time-traveling spacecraft that can transport its occupants to any point in space and time.
Many visitors stopped to take photos of themselves entering or emerging from the giant blue box fashioned in the style of a 1960s London Police box, which was positioned near West Jefferson’s public bathrooms.
But just as soon as it appeared, like it’s television counterpart, West Jefferson’s TARDIS was gone.
Reta Jones Winebarger took to local Facebook forum Ashe Co. in the Know to figure out the whereabouts of Dr. Who’s means of travel, which kick started a lively discussion about the quirky sci-fi series.
“Wait – there was a TARDIS in WJ,” Teri Johnson Pasley asked. “It’s way more interesting back home than it was when I lived there.”
Florence Thomas Art School’s Kelly Cameron said she knows who the artist behind the display is and said he wants to remain a mystery for the time being.
“TARDIS is in for repairs at the moment,” Cameron said. “But you could very well see TARDIS again within a 50 mile radius around the time school is back in session.”
When TARDIS returns we’ll update with its whereabouts.
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