The Whovian Guide to Glasgow
Doctor Who enthusiasts, hold on to your TARDISes...one of
Glasgow's best-loved actors, Peter Capaldi, is to become the
twelfth incarnation of the one and only Time Lord, and Glasgow is
getting ready to welcome him.
So to celebrate the city's Whovian links and to welcome Capaldi to
our screens, we've created the very first 'Whovian Guide to
Glasgow'. Take a journey to over a dozen locations around
Glasgow, and learn about how each spot is linked to the iconic TV
series and Peter Capaldi. Enjoy!
The Whovian Guide:
St Ninian's High School
Peter Capaldi attended St Ninian's High School, situated about 20
minutes outside Glasgow city centre, in the 1970's and during this
time formed his very own Doctor Who Fan Club. The joining fee was
20p and members could pay to have their own Tom Baker-style scarf
knitted! Peter even wrote a letter to the Radio Times
announcing the formation of the club. Little did his clubmates know
that the young Peter would go on to become the 12th
Glasgow School of Art
Peter studied graphic design at the world famous Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1980,
before his artistic interests turned to the screen. The School's
magnificent Mackintosh building is currently closed for
restoration, however, visitors can still enjoy learning about
Mackintosh's design and vision at the GSA's new visitor centre and
embark on a city walking tour. Here's what Peter thought of
his time at the school:
It always seemed to me when I studied there, both as a student and as a child in Saturday morning art classes, an exotic place of the imagination…all nooks and crannies, guarded by stern ancient statues and full of artistic possibilities.”
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
A year-long exhibition dedicated to Doctor Who ran at the
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in 2009, featuring iconic
characters like the Cybermen, Daleks and Sontarans alongside the
TARDIS. The museum is one of Glasgow's finest landmarks and one of
the most visited museums in the United Kingdom outside London.
Peter's not the first Doctor to have a connection with the city -
David Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor, studied at
the esteemed Royal
Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, one of Scotland's leading
performing arts venues. Such was the young Tennant's love for
Doctor Who that, aged just 3, he cited it as his inspiration for
wanting to become an actor. In a romantic twist, Tennant is married
to Georgia Moffett, the daughter of the fifth doctor, Peter
The SSE Hydro
A symphonic celebration of Doctor Who takes
place in May 2015 at The SSE Hydro, a 12,000 seater multi-purpose
arts venue on the banks of the River Clyde. The hotly anticipated
show will feature the show's musical scores alongside some of the
Doctor's famous adversaries, including the iconic Daleks, Cybermen
and The Silence.
The Sunken Dalek Mural
Followers of a new City Centre Mural Trail will see Glasgow
graffiti artist Rogue-one's captivating depiction of a giant
sunken Dalek sitting on the bottom of the River Clyde's seabed,
highlighting the city's long and warm relationship with Doctor Who.
Check it out next time you pass Clyde Street!
Peter showed an early promise for the spotlight, joining the
"Antonine Players" at age 15 - an amateur community theatre company
regularly performing in the Fort Theatre. The Antonine Players are still
active today, performing a variety of plays from drama to comedy at
this local theatre.
The Crystal Palace Pub
Glasgow loves the Time Lord and none love him better than
the Glasgow Doctor Who Society, who meet at
the Crystal Palace pub on the
1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.
Peter has a lot in common with the Society, having run his very own
fan club as a teenager and even urging the BBC to appoint him as
president of the official fan club!
When Doctor Who first aired in 1963, blue police phone boxes
were scattered all over the UK, providing the inspiration for the
Doctor's time machine, the TARDIS.
Introduced in 1891, each box contained a telephone linked to the
local police station to allow patrolling officers and
members of the public to contact the station in an emergency.
With only 14 boxes remaining in the UK today, let's take a look at
where you can still find some of these iconic booths around
The Wilson Street police box was still coloured red until a
couple of years ago when it was painted blue, bringing it up to the
Time Lord's standards. Did you know that Glasgow is home to more
police boxes than any other city in the UK? Of the 14 police boxes
remaining in the UK today, six are in Glasgow.
Located near the majestic Glasgow Cathedral, this box has another
life as a coffee kiosk, serving refreshments to thirsty visitors.
Did you know that the TARDIS has a broken chameleon circuit?
Hence why it's stuck in the shape of a police box!
You'll find this box sitting in the busy Buchanan Street, right in
the middle of the Glasgow Style Mile. Today it's the home of a
coffee kiosk…although fortunately they also sell tea, the Doctor's
tipple of choice!
Great Western Road
Sitting in the middle of an iron fence on the edge of the tranquil
Botanic Gardens, this police box looks as if it's landed right out
of space and taken a chunk out of the fence - definitely worth a
Glasgow's old Transport Museum was the previous home of this box.
Now it's been located to Sauchiehall Street, selling Glasgow's
daily newspaper, the Evening Times and brightening up it's
surroundings at the same time.
Situated on London Road at the Gallowgate, this is the only police
box in Glasgow which is still used for its original purpose by
Glasgow City Council's Community Safety Team and Police
We hope you've enjoyed reading through our Whovian Guide -
here's a handy map to help you get around all the
different locations. If you're out at any of the spots featured,
remember to take a pic and share it with us on Twitter and Facebook!
Watch out for Peter Capaldi as the Doctor on BBC One at 7.50pm
every Saturday from August 23, and keep up to date with all the
latest news at the official Doctor Who website.