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Home Sweet Tardis! Doctors and Daleks rub shoulders in Erica's West End flat

A Doctor Who fan has turned her house into her very own Tardis.

Erica Quinn has recreated the famous time machine by painting the front door of Glasgow flat like a police call box, matching the paint colour from an original 1960s police box that sits a stone s throw away by the Botanic Gardens.

Life-sized cardboard cut-outs of the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations of the Doctor, as played by Matt Smith and David Tennant, companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and time agent Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), and a Dalek peer out from behind the curtains of the flat-turned-Tardis on Clouston Street.

Mrs Quinn dresses them up on special occasions, like Christmas, Hallowe en and Easter.

The Captain Jack figure even spent last year wearing a black armband in mourning for the regeneration of the tenth doctor, played by Scots actor David Tennant.

The 39-year-old rearranges the figures throughout the year currently the enemies and companions are grouped together, with the two Doctors occupying her bedroom, and a solitary Ood in the front hall.

Mrs Quinn, who shares the house with her husband Quinn, two daughters, Joan and Alice and cat, Lucy, said: They switch around and sometimes they come out of the windows.

They are an excellent deterrent against having your house broken into because it looks like someone is watching.

The house has become a local landmark, with passers by stopping to take pictures of her tribute to the sci-fi show.

She said: I call it my double take door. People walk by and just stop and stare. People have started calling me the Doctor Who House Lady.

Once, on the other side of Glasgow, I went up to a taxi rank and asked to go to the West End.

One of the drivers said: I ll take you, because I want to go past the Doctor Who House. I was like: That s my house!

There have been so many people that I have run into in different places and discovered that they knew about my house. People use it as a point of reference to tell people where they are.

She said her tribute to the show began as a joke, but rapidly expanded.

I'm no more of a Doctor Who fan that most I watch it, but I m not obsessed.

The couple, who hail from California and Australia, bought the main door flat in 2003.

Mrs Quinn said: When we came to redo the front door, I thought it should probably have a theme. Doctor Who seemed as good a theme as any.

Mrs Quinn is now making plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show next year.

She hopes to build a replica console room in the hall to complete the effect.

And she's hoping John Barrowman might admire her handiwork this year.

The Glasgow-born actor is in the city to star in pantomime.

Last year, she contacted his agent inviting him to come and have a look but he was struck down by a chest infection.

Later she was sent a goodie bag addressed to The Doctor Who Fan.

GRAPHIC: Erica Quinn outside her West End home which is a shrine to Doctor Who

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