The Rise and Fall of the Police Box @ The TARDIS Library (Doctor Who books, DVDs, videos & audios)

The Rise and Fall of the Police Box

No. 135 of 350 in the Miscellaneous factual books series
<< Previous     Next >>

Cover image for The Rise and Fall of the Police Box
By:John Bunker
Rating:  Awaiting 3 votes  Vote here
Review:  None yet  Add a review
Released:  October 2011
Publisher:  Brewin Books
Format: paperback
Order from
New: £10.95
Used:  £10.95
Prices as of 30 May 21:24 GMT   More info
Order from to fetch price)
Order from
New:  $24.37
Used:  $18.72
Prices as of 30 May 21:24 GMT   More info

Description:  Not technically a Doctor Who book but nevertheless of interest to Who fans as a comprehensive real-life history of the British police box.

Cover blurb:
The ‘Tardis’ of the Doctor Who BBC television series is all that most know about the police box. These boxes have a far more interesting history, which was virtually unknown today before the publication of this book.
   The 1880s saw companies in America develop, from earlier fire alarms, police call points and kiosks before they pursued clients in Britain. Just a few police forces in this country took an interest in the idea in these early years. Although the Metropolitan Police in London experimented with systems, it was the police in Glasgow and Liverpool that were particularly active before the end of the century.
   The ‘heydays’ for the police box were the years between the 1920s and 1960s when a large proportion of the many police forces, that existed at the time, introduced some form of communication from the street for both police officers and the public to use.
   This important aspect of policing is described using the, often amusing, experiences of retired police officers from all areas of the United Kingdom. The dying days of the police box after 1960 show the lasting interest there has been in this abandoned method of policing with museums always keen to acquire a ‘retired’ box for display.
   The Rise and Fall of the Police Box is a meticulously researched and illustrated book by a retired Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police who is well qualified to write on the subject as the boxes were an important part of his day to day duty as a young constable in London in the 1950s and 60s.
   Although this book is really directed at the ordinary reader with an interest in finding out more about this iconic part of police history, it will also be a godsend for the researcher and academic. Libraries and museums will find it a source of unequalled reference, as will police box afficionados and Doctor Who enthusiasts.

Go back

Active session = no / Cookie = no