The Ideal TARDIS
I spotted an image of the TARDIS lurking in one of the publicity posters for this year's Ideal Home Show at Highgate Station. It is always nice to see one of the icons from my favourite ever television programme acting as cultural visual shorthand.
The BBC is usually fiercely protective of the TARDIS design. Even back in the 1980s it was one of the elements of the series that was copyright to BBC Enterprises, and in 2002 the BBC astonishingly won a court battle with the Metropolitan Police for the trademark of it.
If the advertising featuring the TARDIS does lure you to Earls Court for the Ideal Home Show, you'll also be able to see one of London's real police phone boxes sitting outside Earls Court station.
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