Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition opens this month

Who’s your favourite Doctor? Jodie Whittaker? Christopher Eccleston? Colin Baker? Peter…no, let’s just forget that one. Whovians, Time Lords and John Bishop, grab your sonic screwdriver because now is your chance to go behind the science of the hit TV series Doctor Who with a ground-breaking new exhibition.

Explore the surprising tale of when the Beatles almost met the Daleks.

National Museums Liverpool is hosting the world premiere of Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder, a new exhibition which promises to plunge fans of all ages into a scientific universe to explore the longest running science fiction show in the world.

Tardis World Museum Doctor Who Exhibition Liverpool Dalek Image Pete Carr
Do not destroy the intruders Image: Pete Carr

Through a range of hands-on immersive experiences and interactive content, visitors can journey through Cosmic Curiosities, visit the Monster Vault, and discover more about the time travelling Police Box in the TARDIS Tech room.

The blockbuster exhibition at World Museum from 27 May, will include contributions from stars across the fields of science and entertainment.

Game of Thrones star Mark Gatiss - co-creator of BBC’s Sherlock and writer of several episodes of Doctor Who - will narrate the exhibition, guiding visitors through space and time.

Tardis World Museum Doctor Who Exhibition Liverpool © Gareth Jones
Doctorin' the TARDIS Image: Gareth Jones

Space scientist, author and presenter of BBC’s The Sky at Night Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE will provide expert analysis and explore the mind-blowing science behind the well-loved TV show, through interactive “Ask a Scientist” sections located throughout the exhibition. 

Zoë Wanamaker CBE will be reprising her Doctor Who role, lending her voice to an exhibit all about her iconic character Lady Cassandra O’Brien - the last "pure" human who became obsessed with a warped idea of perfection through surgery.

Visitors will also be able to delve into the classic set designs of the original series, as well as the incredible special effects and makeup design that bring the show to life – all from scientists, designers and producers who have worked on Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker John Bishop Mandeep Gill C Film Liverpool
Filming at Albert Dock - Jodie Whittaker, Mandeep Gill and John Bishop Image: Film Liverpool

Despite all the travel through space and time, production for Doctor Who is based at BBC Studios in Cardiff, Wales. However, Liverpool has a strong connection with the Doctor.

The cast and crew visited Liverpool in 2021 for filming across iconic city centre locations, including the Albert Dock and Museum of Liverpool, serving as a backdrop for the sci-fi storyline of Flux

It’s not the first time Liverpool has been closely associated with Doctor Who. The legendary Tom Baker, who grew up on Scotland Road, played the much-loved fourth Doctor in the mid-1970s, and Paul McGann took the lead role in 1996 becoming the eighth Time Lord. And in 2008, Kensington-born David Morrissey played The Next Doctor in a Christmas special alongside David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor.

Doctor Who Worlds Of Wonder World Museum Liverpool
Important questions about time travel and the real meaning of 'huge' Image: NML

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder will also feature a special section on the Liverpool connection. 

Not only can visitors discover more about the many Merseyside stars who have featured in Doctor Who - from Sir Ken Dodd OBE to John Bishop – but this area will also explore the surprising tale of when the Beatles almost met the Daleks, and the story behind the “Mad Mole” of Edge Hill Joseph Williamson’s inclusion in Season 13 of the TV show. 

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder will open on 27 May and tickets are available now. Adult tickets are priced at £14 in advance or £16 on the day - concession rates apply. Children aged 6-17 are £8. Tickets for members are free. 

For more info and to book Doctor Who - Worlds of Wonder, visit National Museums Liverpool.


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