By MARK BOGGIS
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Fans of the longest running sci-fi show in the world have been given another treat in Lowestoft.
Fervent Doctor Who followers descended on town on Saturday as a star from the show’s past travelled through time to visit the Dawn Of Time coffee shop.
One of the programme’s most popular characters, Frazer Hines, materialised at the comic, collectables and coffee shop dedicated to Doctor Who in Lowestoft High Street.
And as the only “Who” themed coffee shop in the UK hosted their third celebrity in just a few months since their opening in November last year, excited fans queued out of the door to catch a glimpse of Mr Hines, who played The Doctor’s companion Jamie McCrimmon between 1966 and 1969.
Posing for pictures with the fans, signing autographs and chatting about his time on the show, Mr Hines was companion to the second doctor, who was played by Patrick Troughton.
Last October nine missing episodes from their stories The Web of Fear and Enemy of the World were found abroad, to the delight of show’s fans.
Mr Hines said he was pleased to be back in Lowestoft, meeting locals and hearing the Suffolk accent as his father was born in Ipswich.
He said: “Its great to be back here. This is an amazing little shop and its bigger on the inside like the Tardis.”
So what did he think about the missing episodes being found?
“I was over the moon,” Mr Hines said. “I’m so pleased as Enemy of the World was one of Patrick’s best performances – it was a great story and brings back so many memories.”
After the success of previous visits from Doctor Who stars Sophie Aldred and Terry Molloy, shop owner Jim Poole blended into the occasion once more dressed as the second Doctor.
Admitting he was thrilled to bring the star to Lowestoft to be reunited with the second Doctor, Mr Poole added: “Doctor Who is something quintessentially British. I have always been a fan and to have Frazer come to Lowestoft is a real big coup.”