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Discover the Science Behind Doctor Who in New Worlds of Wonder Exhibition

Mark Gatiss will narrate the imminent Doctor Who exhibition, Worlds of Wonder, which launched in Liverpool at the end of May.

Worlds of Wonder, at the World Museum from 27th May 2022, will include contributions from stars across the fields of science and entertainment, along with the opportunity to find out more about the many links between Liverpool and the long-running sci-fi show.

Zoë Wanamaker CBE will also be reprising her Doctor Who role as Lady Cassandra O’Brien, the last ‘pure’ human who became obsessed with a warped idea of perfection through surgery, seen in The End of the World and New Earth.

Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead; Cold War), who will be guiding visitors through space and time, 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.”

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

She said:

“As a child, science fiction played a critical role in my life and inspired me to become a Space Scientist – it allows us to explore tales of wonder and shows us the possibilities for the future and how science fiction can become science fact. I hope the Doctor Who exhibition – and my contribution to it – will inspire, inform, and excite everyone in the same way.”

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

National Museums Liverpool can also reveal the inclusion of a special Liverpool Connections area within the exhibition, delving deeper into the links between the classic TV show and the city of Liverpool, including Merseyside guest stars like Sir Ken Dodd OBE (Delta and the Bannermen) and John Bishop (current companion, Dan Lewis). 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 Series 13 (aka Flux). 

Fiona Philpott, Director of Exhibitions at National Museums Liverpool, said:

“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 will open on 27th May and runs until 30th October 2022; tickets are available now. Adult tickets are priced at £14 in advance or £16 on the day. Tickets for members are free. In addition to free entry to the exhibition, members receive limitless free entry to all other exhibitions, discounts in shops and cafes, and invitations to exclusive events.  

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Discover the Science Behind Doctor Who in New Worlds of Wonder Exhibition

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