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Day of the Doctor transforms downtown

Day of the Doctor transforms downtown

Day of the Doctor transforms downtown
April 06
23:58 2015

Byron Thompson / Senior Staff Photographer

A foreign phone booth appeared in front of the Denton Courthouse early Saturday morning. Around 11 a.m., a small crowd formed. Men and women dressed in dapper jackets and bow ties along wih fez-topped Dentonites form a small congregation. Doctor Who had come to Denton.

John Coward of the sci-fi club USS Joshua built his portable TARDIS replica about four years ago and travels to different locations to set it up for a photo opp.

On Saturday he brought it to the Courthouse lawn in honor of the first annual Doctor Who Day in Denton County.

The occasion follows the printing of 1,000 Doctor Who comic books set in Denton.

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Members of the Irving-based Sci-fi Club, USS Joshua, set up the TARDIS in front of the Denton Courthouse to match the Doctor Who comic cover illustrated by local artist Jake Ekiss.

Owner of More Fun Comics and Games Tim Stoltzfus has been working with Titan Comics for over a year to create an issue set in Denton.

He was proud to see it come to fruition last Wednesday with local artist Jake Ekiss illustrating the Doctor and the Courthouse together on the cover.

That same day, news broke that Mayor Watts had signed aproclamation to make Doctor Who Day a Denton County holiday. Most assumed it to be an April Fools’ prank.

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 John Coward, right, puts the final touches on the TARDIS as the crowd accumulates. He built it four years ago when the television show came to the United States.

Sharp-eyed skeptics saw that the document was signed by Jennifer Walters, the She-Hulk’s alter ego. But when City Secretary Jennifer Walters showed up in the flesh to make the announcement, dozens of the Doctor’s biggest fans knew there was no joke.

Past-professor of mythic rhetoric of super heroes Shaun Treat now works for the Office of History and Culture making things like Who Day a reality.

“What you see here is Whovians coming out of the woodwork, or the time stream. How about that,” Treat said.

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 Dentonites take pictures with diehard “Whovian” Kristy Reynolds who is costumed as a Dalek, the villainous race of cyborgs the doctor faces off against in the series. Reynolds began working on the costume for last year’s Fan Expo in Dallas. With 60 hours of work put in over the last year, she still has more to do before it’s complete.

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 Shaun Treat of the Denton County Office of History and Culture, left, and city secretary Jennifer Walters (SheHulk) announce April 4 as Doctor Who Day to a proud crowd in front of the Courthouse.

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The line to purchase a copy of the limited edition, Denton-set Doctor Who comic book wrapped through the narrow aisles of More Fun Comics and Games, out the door and around the corner onto Locust Street.

Featured Image: Sporting a new TARDIS backpack, Mattie Sargent was one of the first to show up on Saturday morning for the announcement of Denton County’s first official “Doctor Who” Day. Her mom, Leann Dodd said they go to everything “Who”-related.

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