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Brantham: Time travelling shed for wife

12:00 07 January 2012

Brantham, Suffolk.
A green fingered Doctor Who fan was given the perfect present when her husband built her a life-size 
Tardis to use as her GARDEN SHED. 
Horticulturalist Sandra Gibbons, 46, of Brantham, Suffolk, told her husband Gary that she needed a new shed for all her gardening tools the last thing she was expecting was for him to recreate the famous prop from the television series.
Pictured: Sandra Gibbons with her 'tardis'.

Brantham, Suffolk. A green fingered Doctor Who fan was given the perfect present when her husband built her a life-size Tardis to use as her GARDEN SHED. Horticulturalist Sandra Gibbons, 46, of Brantham, Suffolk, told her husband Gary that she needed a new shed for all her gardening tools the last thing she was expecting was for him to recreate the famous prop from the television series. Pictured: Sandra Gibbons with her 'tardis'.

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A GREEN fingered Doctor Who fan was given the perfect present when her husband built her a life-size Tardis to use as her garden shed.

When horticulturist Sandra Gibbons, 46, of Brantham, Suffolk, told her husband Gary that she needed a new shed for all her gardening tools the last thing she was expecting was for him to re-create the famous prop from the television series.

But after months of hard work, she now has a Tardis complete with flashing blue light on top and police sign on the outside.

The mum-of-three who works at a smallholding in Lawford, Essex said the unusual creation in their back garden had been the talk of her street.

She said: “I needed a new shed for all my gardening tools so I could get them into one place and Gary piped up and said ‘why don’t’ I make you a Tardis?’

“I thought he was joking at first and did not think he would actually go through with it, but there it is in our garden.”

Gary, 51, who works as a design lecturer started building the sci-fi shed back in October <2011> and completed the project during evenings and weekends.

The royal blue phone box is more than 8ft high and 5ft wide and had to be assembled during two weekends in the garden because the pieces were too big to keep indoors.

Mrs Gibbons said: “I am so pleased with it - it really is very big - too big really.

“All the neighbours have been commenting about how quirky it is and asking what time Doctor Who will be arriving.

“My children absolutely love it - my son Jody, who is a big sci-fi fan, helped Gary to build it.

Mrs Gibbons has been a fan of Doctor Who since back in the 1970s and rates the earlier doctors like Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker as the best.

She is not so keen on the latest incarnation of the famous time lord played by Matt Smith.

She said: “I can’t really get into him as much as some as the other doctors - I think that the stories were better back in the 1970s.”

The wacky time travelling family are planning to hold a sci-fi party in the summer with the Tardis taking centre stage along with a replica of a Dalek which Mr Gibbons also built.

The couple have three children, Jody, 25, Jaye, 23, and Jet, 20.

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