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

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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 Doctor Who.

Glasgow School of Art

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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.”

Peter Capaldi

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

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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.

Royal Conservatoire

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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 Davidson! 

The SSE Hydro

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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

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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!

Fort Theatre

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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

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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!



The TARDIS

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 Glasgow...

Wilson Street

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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.

 

Cathedral Square

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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!

 

Buchanan Street

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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

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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 picture!

 
 

Sauchiehall Street

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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. 


Gallowgate

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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 Scotland.



Stay tuned...

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.