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Sunday, January 20, 2013

DOCTOR WHO Fan's Message in a Bottle Travels North Sea to Australia

Time is just a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, oceany-woceany stuff.

According to a recent article by The Telegraph, an 11-year-old boy named Cade Scott threw a message in a bottle into the North Sea seventeen months ago that arrived just before Christmas 2012 all the way down under in Australia.

At the age of eight, the young Whovian wrote a short message on a Doctor Who postcard in August 2011 that said "I love Dr Who. If found, please send back with your name and address and how old you are. Cade."  With the help of his father, Cade sealed the postcard in a wine bottle and tossed it into the sea at Roker, Tyne and Wear.

A response arrived seventeen months later in the form of a postcard from 25-year-old Matthew Ellam in Perth, Western Australia.  Matthew wrote back again on January 7, 2013 and said "Hi Cade, thanks for your postcard. I found it whilst celebrating Christmas on the beach in Perth, Western Australia! Happy New Year!"

Cade bottle had traveled across the world almost 10,000 miles and it's believed this could be the longest-ever journey made by a message in a bottle.

Cade was glad his message was found by someone.  "I’m really pleased I got a reply," he said.  "I didn’t know how far away Australia was."

Of course, with Doctor Who, it's entirely possible that the bottle made several unexpected detours to the 51st Century, the planet Skaro and the Apollo 11 launch in 1969 first...

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