The program of free Doctor Who: Worlds of Wonder events continue in Liverpool this month ahead of the exhibition’s move to Scotland this Christmas
The thrilling series of free events and activities at blockbuster exhibition Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder continues this month. From TARDIS Building and a chance to play VR game The Edge of Time, the programme of events offers something for the whole family. With props, monsters and never before seen artefacts from almost sixty years of the TV show, the exhibition explores the science behind Doctor Who.
Fiona Philpott, Director of Exhibitions at National Museums Liverpool, said: “Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder has seen families and fans of all ages making the trip to Liverpool to experience this landmark exhibition, alongside the bugs, sea creatures and dinosaurs also on display at World Museum. Running until 30 October, there’s still plenty of time to get your ticket and join us for this exciting series of events throughout the summer holidays.”
The Edge of Time VR Experience
3, 10, 17 and 24 August 2022. 10am – 1pm, Drop in
Embark on an experience through space and time with virtual reality. A new mysterious enemy threatens to tear apart the universe and only you can stop them! Doctor Who: The Edge of Time lets players set out on a Doctor Who adventure. Watch as the TARDIS travels through time in Virtual Reality and help solve puzzles to earn Time Crystals. Join us on the fifth-floor skyline gallery for this VR experience on Wednesdays during half term. Suitable for ages 10+.
4 August 2022. 10:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30 – 4pm, Drop in
The TARDIS, in the form of the blue police telephone box, is one of the most iconic objects on TV. Join us to make your own TARDIS using recycled materials, which will be displayed in the museum afterwards. Everyone knows museums are bigger on the inside!
Create a Costume
11 August 2022, 10:30-12:30 and 1:30-4pm, Drop in
Costumes are a big part of our Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition, from alien prosthetics inspired by the animal kingdom to spacesuits and even the iconic outfits of each regenerated Doctor. Join artist Jane Gordon for a drop-in family workshop and create all kinds of weird and wonderful costumes from art materials inspired by your favourite Doctor Who character.
Meanwhile, the Scottish premiere of Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder will take place this December when it moves to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh
Alison Cromarty, Head of Exhibitions & Design at National Museums Scotland, said, “We are tremendously excited to be bringing this exhibition to Scotland. From the wonder of the science fiction of the TV show to our present-day understanding of the big scientific topics it touches on, there is something for everyone.”
Meanwhile, Ed Cookson is Projects Director at Sarner International, the company bringing the exhibition to life. He says, “For almost 60 years Doctor Who has been exploring mind-bending scientific developments. The iconic characters, monsters, stories, and settings of the television series provide a perfect guide through the wondrous worlds of space, time and science.”
The move to Edinburgh is the latest part of a long relationship between Doctor Who and Scotland
Doctor Who has strong Scottish connections, of course. To date three Scots have played the role of the Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, David Tennant and Peter Capaldi (the seventh, tenth and twelfth Doctors respectively) with a fourth, Ncuti Gatwa, recently announced as the new Doctor. Scottish companions have included the 18th century Jacobite piper, Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines) and more recently Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).
Other notable cast members have included Neve McIntosh as well as Michelle Gomez as Missy (The Master), with Alan Cumming having also appeared recently as King James VI & I. Another Scot, Steven Moffat, was showrunner from 2008 to 2017. And of course, one of the Doctor’s most iconic friends is Brigadier Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, formerly of the Scots Guards, who made appearances from 1968 to 2008.
The show has featured several other Scottish icons. The Loch Ness Monster appears in 1975’s Terror of the Zygons with Tom Baker. Meanwhile the Picts featured along with the 9th Legion of the Roman army in 2017’s The Eaters of Light, which starred Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez and was written by award-winning Scottish playwright Rona Munro. Other episodes set in Scotland include 2006’s Tooth and Claw, set in the Highlands, Under the Lake/Before the Flood (2015), set in Caithness, and Jamie’s introductory episode The Highlanders (1967) set in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden.
The Liverpool leg of the tour highlighted connections between the city and the Doctor’s world, so it seems likely Edinburgh will also include a space celebrating the Scottish Who relationship.