Monday, 30 November 2015

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New fan club as Doctor Who is re-born again

Callum MacFarlane

DALEKS will invade Carlisle this weekend, thanks to a Cockermouth man.

Callum MacFarlane, 37, who works at the British Cattle Movement Centre in Workington will launch Border Who, a Doctor Who fan club, at the Lakes Court Hotel in Carlisle with huge inflatable Daleks.

The event will be open to all Cumbrians and has been designed to coincide with a new series of the hit TV show.

Callum, of Waterloo Street, the brains behind Border Who, does not have a huge collection of memorabilia, does not attend conventions and does not even collect videos or DVDs of past shows.

But he is a huge Doctor Who fan whose enjoyment of the show stemmed from when he a little boy in Scotland.

He would go to his grandmother’s house on a Saturday afternoon and watch the wrestling.

Then he would have tea in front of the television set and be scared witless by Doctor Who and his enemies.

He started watching when John Pertwee was Doctor Who but his own generation’s doctor was Tom Baker, who remains his favourite.

Callum decided to start the club after seeing hundreds of Doctor Who fans attend an event with former doctor Colin Baker in Workington, and to coincide with the new BBC series planned for March.

He said: “I plan to hold meetings once a month at the Lakes Court Hotel in Carlisle, with actors from all the series, video screenings, newsletters and trips to exhibitions.

“People will also have the chance to play Doctor Who games and - the most important part - just enjoy talking to each other about Doctor Who past and present.

“With the new series being launched soon, it’s an exciting time and I hope a whole new generation of fans will be hooked.

“Most adults have childhood memories of being scared by Daleks and Cybermen, and the new series is an opportunity for everyone to create lots more.”

The club will meet in the Lakes Court on the first Sunday of every month, between 1pm and 6pm.

Members will pay £3 on the door to attend the events, to cover hire costs. The club is non-profit making.

For more information about Border Who, visit the website at


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