Manchester Exhibition Ends

The Doctor Who Up-Close exhibition, which has been held over the last few months at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, has come to an end.

Over 225,000 sci-fi fans visited the exhibition since it opened in March 2007, giving the exhibition the distinction of being the best-selling show ever hosted at the Museum of Science and Industry – and tomorrow the exhibits will be dismantled to provide room for the controversial Body Worlds 4 show, which begins February 22nd.

The museum’s acting director is Tony Hill and he has expressed hopes that the Doctor Who exhibition has a long-term effect on children and lead them into a lifelong interest in science:

“Doctor Who has been a fantastic success for the museum and for Manchester. It’s attracted thousands of people into the city from all over the country and has put us on the map for Doctor Who fans worldwide.

“Science fiction can be a great way for children to get inspired about science, and the exhibition is a fascinating window into the special effects department of the BBC.

“Most of our visitors stay to look at MOSI’s other galleries and visit other attractions in Manchester.”

Similar exhibitions have been held in Brighton, Leicester, Merseyside and Cardiff, but the the enormous 700 square metre gallery at Manchester allowed larger items from the TV series to be shown for the first time. Most recently this included Kylie Minogue’s costume from the Christmas Day special Voyage of the Damned.

The Doctor Who Up-Close exhibition was originally scheduled to end in November, with popular demand pushing this date back to January 6.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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