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Has anybody noticed the TARDIS stationed in Steve Temple's front yard in Lakewood Park?

For those less sci-fi oriented than me - and boy, would you have to be living on a different planet for that - let me explain a TARDIS.

A TARDIS, as told to me by the biggest science-fiction fan I know, is a Time And Relative Dimension In Space vehicle that is disguised in the "Dr. Who" television show as a telephone booth.

It has transported the show's starring character through the various time-space dimensions of the Public Broadcast Station since the early 1960s.

My star-crazed friend tells me the booth - "bigger on the inside than on the outside" - flies the good doctor around the galaxy, landing anywhere and any time.

It seems to have made its most recent landing at 6620 Fort Pierce Blvd.

But - either due to the rapid, heat-generating entry into the Earth's atmosphere or because the renegade time lord from planet Gallifrey somehow absconded with his archenemy's TARDIS appearance-changing "chameleon circuit" - the TARDIS next to Temple's driveway is a little different than the one British television fans have come to associate with the show.

It's red, not blue like the one on the show. That's because it really is supposed to be a London telephone booth - not a space-time machine.

At least that's what Temple - if that really is his name - tells me. He claims he built it himself as a novelty piece, although talk around town leads me to believe that Temple is really Dr. Who in disguise.

Although he doesn't profess to being a huge "Dr. Who" fan, Temple says people often stop and ask him if the booth was fashioned after the show's famous transporter.

He tells them, 'no,' he built it to remind him of home.

"Every time I drive down the road, it makes me think of England," said Temple, who claims to be from a little seaside town outside Bristol. "It's quite simple to make, really."

Yeah. If you have a super-morphing particle vaporizing ... thingy ... whatchacallit.

He says it's made of wood and glass and that the telephone inside actually works (when he's not dialing "M" for mega warp-speed, I'm sure.)

If Temple is to be believed, he's just a mild-mannered handyman who moved to the United States 17 years ago.

Sure. And I'm an alien life form from the planet Kripsckkkpsppper.

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  • APA 6th ed.: Mitchell, Christina (1999-08-06). Dr. Who's Phone Booth Makes House Call. Vero Beach Press Journal p. A9.
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