When Dr Who started in November 1963, the Dinky toy company was already producing a toy police box. It is quite accurate in its detailing, and the call panel and St John's Ambulance badge are on one row lower than on the TARDIS-type police box. This is because the Dinky police box is based on the Mark 1 police box, whereas the TARDIS is based on a later design. These models turn up quite frequently on eBay. The two examples shown here have different coloured roof lights.
Here is another well-detailed metal police box, quite similar to the Dinky toy but slightly larger. There are no manufacturer's marks of any sort on this model, although it has been suggested to me that the manufacturer is either Budgie or Triang. There is no call panel, and the St John's Ambulance badge has been applied slightly off-centre. I acquired this model in an eBay auction.
This model is a casting in some lightweight resin of a Dinky police box, even down to the call panel and St John's Ambulance badge being on the lower row. I bought this model is a now-closed-down comic shop in central London sometime around 1985. There was no packaging to indicate who the manufacturer was.
These models by Britannia Miniatures are perhaps the most accurate in my collection. Although the outer two models look identical they do in fact have different coloured roof-lights, whereas the centre model is obviously a lighter shade of blue completely.
I bought this model through yet another eBay auction. The seller was in Australia, so this model probably qualifies as the most well-travelled in my collection. I have seen this model twice on eBay, though described in one auction as a 1950's scenery accessory for Hornby model railways, but in the other as a decoration to perch on top of one's pencil. The model is made of metal, although the details are printed on paper and attached as a wrap-round label. The proportions are slightly wrong, as this model is too tall for its width. The windows are also wrong, being three rows of two rather than two rows of three. As far as I can tell, this model bears no manufacturer's markings.
I found out about this model made by Anchor Cottage Collectables after seeing a posting about it in the early 1990's on the rec.arts.drwho newsgroup. The model is on a paved-stone-effect plinth, with greenery in the background. There is no call panel or St John's Ambulance badge, and the door handles are horizontal rather than vertical. There is also no door lock detailing.
These two models of identical size were made by Ainsty and marketed as model railway scenery accessories. I bought the opaque model directly from the manufacturer in 1998, and the transparent one from yet another eBay auction. The proportions of these models make them appear too squat.
This is the smallest model in my collection, being only 15mm high. It was made by Langley Miniatures.
This is a plastic police box made as money box, the coin slot being on one of the far sides. The photograph shows a lack of panelling on the rear, and is therefore possibly based on a Mark 3 police box. Only one side has a "Police Public Call Box" sign, which on this example is incomplete. I myself was not been able to determine the name of the manufacturer, or the year in which it was made, but I got an email from a gentleman called Michael Dennis in which he told me that this box was made in 1965 by Raphael Lipkin Ltd, and came in a cardboard box with a black and white photograph of William Hartnell on the side. It was sold as a "Dr Who Money Box", and sold for 4s/6d (25 pence in modern money).
I bought this resin model in the mid-1990's. The maker is unknown.
This model, made by Stevelyn & Co, was spotted on a dealer's table at the Memorabilia Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham (UK) in September 2001. As can be seen, it's a fairly basic model with minimal detailing. Although hollow, it is surprisingly heavy.
This model by Harburn Hobbies Limited is to the correct scale for OO/HO model railway layouts. It was supplied ready-painted, and looks a little like a scaled-down version of the Dinky toy.
I bought this teapot in the Covent Garden Tea House in central London sometime in the early 1990's for around £30. This was actually the second time that I had seen a police box teapot in this shop, the first time being several years previously and I couldn't afford it then. The staff in the shop were unable to find the original packaging, but the teapot bears the rather cryptic mark "PQ96" on its base.
In 1992 the arcade pinball manufacturer Bally produced a Dr Who themed game, and this is the police box from one of those machines. I bought it in an eBay auction from a dealer in Sweden. The bulb on the top is a type 555, operating at 6.3V.
This candle has obviously been based on the Dinky toy, even down to the call panel and St John's Ambulance badge being on a lower row. I bought this candle in yet another eBay auction, and I commented to the seller at the time that I wasn't so sure about the wisdom of making a candle with a wooden base! My father remarked that perhaps the wick should have been blue.
I bought this model over the Internet from a company in Chicago that markets model tin soldiers. Some assembly was required, and the model also had to be painted.
Not strictly speaking a model police box, these resin bookends still made it into my collection. They were supplied already-coloured, and the only thing that needed doing was the application of stickers comprising the signage.