A TEENAGER whose Tardis design featured in an episode of Doctor Who has now had a toy modelled on her idea.
Susannah Leah, 14, won a Blue Peter competition to design a new time-travelling machine made from household junk for the sixth series of the iconic BBC show.
Programme-makers were so impressed they went ahead and built it, and now a miniature version of the console is about to hit the shelves of major toy stores.
Susannah, of Cross Stone Road, Todmorden, said: “It’s amazing, I don’t think I still believe it really.
“I looked online and saw it and my name was on the box. It just doesn’t seem real.”
The Todmorden High School pupil is a huge fan of the show and has watched it since it was revived in 2005, starring Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Doctor.
So it was a dream come true when she found out her design had won. She said: “It was the best feeling ever. I thought someone was joking.
“There have only ever been a few people who have designed a tardis – less than 10 – so it’s an honour, really.”
She was chosen as the winner by none other than current Doctor Matt Smith, who she got to meet as part of her prize.
“He was really sweet, he said he really liked it and he thought it was really good,” she said.
“He was telling us all about how he became an actor and how he learns his lines.”
Susannah has now visited the set in Cardiff three times to watch her creation being built and filmed. The episode featuring it, The Doctor’s Wife, aired on May 14 this year.
In it, the Doctor deletes part of his Tardis to traverse a rift that leads outside of the universe. He then lands in a scrapyard and takes pieces from old time machines and adds other bits of junk to build a new console so he can travel through time again.
Susannah said: “When it came on it was like any other Doctor Who episode. Then when I saw my name on the credits it was amazing.”
Proud mum Janet said: “We are absolutely over the moon for her. It has just been amazing all the way through, and it’s just gone on and on.”
l Susannah has signed five of her toys to give away to Courier readers. For a chance at winning one, tell us: What does Tardis stand for?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Tardis Competition, Promotions Department, Halifax Courier, King Cross Street, Halifax, HX1 2SF, with your name, address and phone number by Wednesday August 10.