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Get A Snapshot with the T.A.R.D.I.S. at Zia Record Exchange in Tempe

As any Whovian worth his or her weight in Jelly Babies can tell you -- in between elated squeeing, at any rate -- the last 72 hours has featured much feteing of Doctor Who's 50th birthday, including that epic feature-length special that starred both David Tennant and Matt Smith and (spoiler alert) kind of bollocksed the continuity a wee bit.

And thanks to the members of AZ TARDIS, the local Whovian cosplay group, fans of the renowned Galifreyan have an opportunity to keep the celebration going. Or, at the very least, get a picture with the good doctor's trademark time machine.

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The group will set up full-sized and spot-on mockups of the T.A.R.D.I.S. (the towering, blue-colored British police call box that Doctor Who has used to navigate the time vortex and trek around time and space, usually with an attractive lass in tow, for the past five decades) on Tuesday, November 26, at the newly opened Zia Record Exchange at Southern and Mill avenues in Tempe. (Another T.A.R.D.I.S. will be set up at Zia's Tucson location on Oracle Road.)

Fans of the long-running BBC science fiction series, or anyone else who happens to be at the store, can get their picture with the T.A.R.D.I.S. (which stands for Time And Relative Dimmersion In Space, in case you weren't aware) through Tuesday, December 3.

Sadly, unlike the version seen in the clip above, these particular call boxes don't happen to be bigger on the inside. Zia's staff, however, are hoping to fill said interior space with canned and non-perishable food items that they're encouraging T.A.R.D.I.S. visitors to bring along, which will be donated to Valley View Community Food Bank.

And by the way, despite being a screen-accurate recreation of an actual T.A.R.D.I.S., it can't actually travel through time. But that doesn't mean you can't pretend. Allons-y!

The "Stuff the T.A.R.D.I.S. Food Drive" takes place from November 26 to December 3 at Zia Record Exchange in Tempe.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.