Various websites and news organs have featured the event in the run up to the launch, with the BBC’s Official Doctor Who website in particular demonstrating some of the marvellous costumes and set recreations, such as the various TARDIS interiors, and monsters such as Davros and a Zygon.
A recent interview with former Doctor Who special FX man Mike Tucker revealed the work that had gone into restoring some of the old monster costumes which have spend the last 30+ years cluttering shelves, costume departments and auction halls.
Of course it wouldn’t be a true Doctor Who Experience without the Daleks – and a particularly interesting feature at the event lines up 5 different models, from a 1960s version right up to date with the Dalek Paradigm build. This is the Evolution of the Daleks exhibit (which you can see decorating this article) and it is accompanied by a similar exhibit based on the Cybermen, featured at SFX along with the restoration of Robot‘s K1 Giant Robot.
Previews of the exhibition by press and lucky competition winners have already taken place, with publications as disparate as The Times and Regwardware getting a look in – the latter explains how the opening 20 minutes of the exhibition is structured as a storyline in which guests must help the Doctor (Matt Smith on a video loop) be reunited with the TARDIS, although they do wonder if there is truly anything new in the event if previous exhibitions have been visited.
Clearly there is a difference between the Doctor Who Experience and the Cardiff and Newcastle static events that are now closed, and we here at Kasterborous would be surprised if this didn’t turn out to be the greatest Doctor Who event yet, based solely on the number of exhibits and the care that has gone into bringing them to life.
Opening on Sunday, 20th February 2011 at London’s Olympia 2, the Doctor Who Exhibition is open 10am to 6pm 7 days a week and has an entry price of Â£20 for adults and Â£15.50 for children (5-16) and Â£65 for a family of four.
Note however that these are “on the door” charges – pre-booking can save up to 30% on this price, and you can do this online at www.doctorwhoexperience.com/booktickets.