Fans of British cult science-fiction TV series Dr Who were in for a treat recently when the iconic TARDIS police box, through which the aforementioned doctor takes his time- and space-traveling journeys, made a brief appearance in Berkeley when on a surprising journey of its own.

The blue kiosk was photographed on the roof of Birge Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on January 29.

Berkeleyside’s on-campus spies climbed to the top of Sather Tower yesterday to try to see TARDIS, but reported that it has disappeared.

According to MIT’s online Hack Gallery, the illuminated TARDIS (which stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space) has popped up at MIT in Massachusetts and at CalTech in Pasadena. Fans and geeks alike should keep an eye on the Hack Gallery to find out where the famous box might turn up next.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...