Doctor Who star opens Walsall UK school playground

HE’S the bungling boyfriend of Amy Pond in Doctor Who.

But Brummie actor Arthur Darvill took time out from his character as Rory Williams to return home to the Midlands and open a play ground made out of scrap.

Arthur, aged 29, from Bournville, previously had a job as a play scheme worker, and reckons the new PlayPod at Whitehall Infant School, in Walsall, is a lot like the Tardis.

He said: “It’s simple-looking from the outside, but a world of magic and wonder within.

“Watching the children playing with all this stuff I wonder how we haven’t thought of it before.

“It’s fantastic to see the kids having so much fun with things that would otherwise be thrown away.”

The facility, the first of its kind in the West Midlands, was installed by charity Children’s Scrapstore, which makes practical use of scrap material for youngsters’ play activities, including tubes, crates, netting, phones and keyboards.

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That’s where I’d like to settle down. In one of those houses that back on to the private park, which I’d get a key for! That’s really living the dream. I’d probably only be able to afford a box in somewhere like Kensington, so I might well come back to Birmingham. I have a real love for the city. When I was younger I was desperate to get out, but now I have fallen in love with it again.
Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill picks his favourite spot in the universe…and it’s Birmingham

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