St John Ambulance reclaims its spot on the TARDIS

New Doctor outside police box

The time lord, Doctor Who, is gracing our screens again for another series, and to the delight of the charity, so too is the former St John Ambulance logo.

As part of a programme revamp, the previous St John Ambulance logo has been given pride of place on the TARDIS.

Absent for over 40 years, the logo initially appeared when the programme launched in 1963, with William Hartnell playing the Doctor. It was also displayed in a number of Dr Who films in the 1960s before disappearing altogether. It has recently reappeared with the new reincarnation of the Doctor played by Matt Smith.

We’re delighted that the St John Ambulance logo is back on the TARDIS and hope it reminds people to learn first aid...

Sue Killen
CEO St John Ambulance, NHQ

Pamela Willis, Curator at the Museum of the Order of St John, explained why the logo was on police boxes in the first place:

'The police were all trained in first aid by the St John Ambulance Association, and police boxes all had the Association badge on them to show that trained help and first aid equipment was available.’

St John Ambulance has since changed its logo although it still continues to train police forces around the country to equip them with life saving skills.

Sue Killen, CEO at St John Ambulance, said:

‘We’re delighted that the St John Ambulance logo is back on the TARDIS and hope it reminds people to learn first aid so that they can be the difference between a life lost and life saved.’