About a month ago, the first in a series of 50 individually decorated statues of Paddington Bear was unveiled, as designed by Michael Sheen. It’s part of the Paddington Trail, a VisitLondon initiative combining a treasure hunt across London with a celebration of a hero of British children’s literature. And it’s a fund-raiser for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) too, with contributions from artists and actors (like Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch) and other public figures.
Peter Capaldi, who plays the grumpy neighbor Mr Curry in the new Paddington movie, was asked to design a bear, and thanks to his day job in Doctor Who, he managed to find not just the time, but the space in his busy schedule to turn Paddington into a TARDIS, with a Dalek on its back.
Here’s the entire thing. Note the TARDIS lamp hat, bigger on the inside for the storage of even more marmalade sandwiches:
Fittingly, the statue has been placed on the Prime Meridian line in Greenwich, because for the residents of Earth, that is where time and space begin and end.
Here’s Peter in the trailer for the Paddington movie:
Paddington is (currently) set to appear in U.S. theaters on January 16.
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