Looks like some modern equivalents are around, but none that look like the Tardis.
Edited to add: Actually, on reading that article, it appears that the London call boxes were purely for the use of police officers, not for the public. And yet the TARDIS clearly says “POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX” on it.
At the time of the series’ debut in 1963, the police box was still a common fixture in British cities. It provided a direct telephone link to the local police station, but contrary to popular conception, the telephone was on the exterior of the box, and the box itself was designed for use as a temporary holding cell.
The fact that they were a common sight in the 60’s was significant inasmuch as the Tardis was supposed to adopt the look of it’s surroundings to blend in and become anonymous.
This function broke when it took on the guise of a police box and it became fixed in this appearance.
Yes, I saw it from episode 1.
Most of the ones in the centre of Edinburgh were sold off and have been turned into little coffee kiosks, and the remainder in the suburbs are mainly slowly rotting away…
Except for one about 50 yards from where I work - it’s been standing empty for years, but as part of an area rejuvenation project (and to help bolster the police presence at night when the area’s full of drunks) it’s about to be restored and put back in use as a police box.
Another one on the High Street has touchpad information screens fitted for visiting tourists…
I see you are not in The Inner Circle.
As Tom Baker, the greatest Dr. Who said to me once…
Oh, and a mate of mine says his Dad used to be a policeman decades ago.
The Police Box had a phone on the outside for the public to call the police station, while the inside was for P.C. Plod to take a break.
I’m really in doubt about that last part - is there a more authoritative cite than Wikipedia for the box being designed for holding prisoners in? I remember we had this very discussion on the Dope a few months back. Note that this (pdf) article makes no mention of any such function.