Doctor Who lands at World Museum Liverpool


Science meets fiction in the epic new exhibition Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder which is receiving its world premiere in Liverpool.

The massive show, opening at World Museum Liverpool today, features monsters, costumes and props from the long-running BBC sci-fi favourite and aims to bring science to life through the Doctor’s adventures through space and time.

It includes the Doctor’s canine companion K-9, Daleks, Cybermen, Davros, Weeping Angels, The Face of Boe and more than one Tardis as well as models, gadgets, spacesuits and robot probes. There is also a chance to record your voice to sound like a Dalek.

The show features sections on ideas and areas of scientific research like bioscience, AI, regeneration, cybernetics, teleportation, evolution, the environment, extremophiles and cloning.

Mark Gatiss narrates while actress Zoe Wannamaker and The Sky at Night Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock have lent their voices to different parts of the exhibition which runs at the William Brown Museum until October.

Doctor Who is the world’s longest-running sci-fi TV series. It was first aired on November 23, 1963 with William Hartnell playing the lead. Since then, the character has been reincarnated 12 times with previous Doctors including Liverpool-born Tom Baker and Paul McGann.

One of his most famous companions meanwhile was Sarah Jane Smith, played by Liverpool actress Elisabeth Sladen who starred alongside Tom Baker’s scarf-wearing, sweet-eating Time Lord. And even Ken Dodd made a fleeting appearance in an episode with Sylvester McCoy the seventh Doctor.

Most recently comedian John Bishop has taken on official companion mantle, with scenes for the latest series also filmed in Liverpool.

The exhibition is presented by Sarner International – which also worked on the Doctor Who Experience in London and Cardiff - under licence from BBC Studios.

Vanessa Hamilton, director of brand development for Doctor Who at the BBC, said: “Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction series in the world and next year we’ll be celebrating its diamond ‘Who-bilee’.

“Liverpool is the ideal place to premiere this exhibition which includes rare artefacts from the BBC archive.”

And Fiona Philpott, Director of Exhibitions at National Museums Liverpool, added: “It’s a chance to explore the mind-blowing science behind the popular sci-fi TV series which has delighted audiences for almost 60 years, transporting us through time.

“The exhibition is full of fascinating stories and adventures, iconic gadgets, clips from shows, behind-the-scenes footage and exhibits never seen before.”

Tickets are £14 for adults in advance and £16 on the door. Concessions are £13/£15 and tickets for children aged six to 17 are £8/£10. Under fives go free.

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder is at World Museum Liverpool from May 27 to October 30. Tickets HERE