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Stars align for Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder

Mark Gatiss will narrate a new blockbuster exhibition opening at World Museum Liverpool this month.

The Sherlock and Dr Who writer and Game of Thrones star is one of a number of names from the world of entertainment and science who are involved in Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder which will take over the William Brown Street museum this summer.

Science meets fiction in the new show which features epic monsters, costumes and props from the long-running BBC sci-fi favourite, bringing science to life through the Doctor’s adventures through space and time.

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.

In addition to Gatiss, actress Zoe Wannamaker will lend her voice to an exhibit about her Doctor Who character Lady Cassandra O’Brien, while interactive ‘ask the scientist’ sections will feature space scientist, author and presenter of The Sky at Night Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock who will provide expert analysis and explore the science behind the iconic show.

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.

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

Above: Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder. Top: A dalek at World Museum Liverpool. Photo by Pete Carr

Mark Gatiss said: “So many people who have gone on to work in science have had their interest piqued by watching Doctor Who, and one of the amazing things about the show is its ability to make us wonder.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the exhibition and I do hope as many curiously minded people as possible take the opportunity to visit.”

And Fiona Philpott, Director of Exhibitions at National Museums Liverpool, added: “We’re thrilled to announce a small taste of what visitors can expect at the world premiere of Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder, and we can’t think of anywhere more fitting than Liverpool to host it.

“There is truly something for everyone within the exhibition – from science-fiction fans to families, and from Doctor Who buffs to those who simply have a curious mind. The behind-the-scenes knowledge that the contributors bring to the exhibition is mind-blowing.”

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

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