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Published on July 12th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Colin Baker Opens Giant Dalek Maze 50th Anniversary Tribute

Here’s a fun way to commemorate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary – navigating your way around a giant maize Dalek!

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Like the TARDIS materialising from another dimension a giant Dalek has cropped up in a field of maize on the outskirts of York. Is it the work of alien invaders or crop circle pranksters? In fact it is an inspired piece of field art created by Yorkshire farmer and Doctor Who fan Tom Pearcy as his tribute to the 50th anniversary of the show.

York Maze itself is 18 acres (8 football pitches) in size, and this latest design (previous years have included Harry Potter and James Bond mazes) features the biggest image of a Dalek ever created, over 300m (1000ft) long, cut out of an 18 acre field of over one million living maize plants.

The design also includes images of the first Doctor in 1963 William Hartnell and the current Doctor 2013’s Matt Smith, and as befits the title the 10km of pathways form an intricate maize maze which visitors can explore. York Maze is the largest maze in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

Says Tom Pearcy,

Like many kids I grew up watching Doctor Who from behind the sofa and fell in love with the show. I wanted to create a piece of art as a tribute to the 50th anniversary and also make it interactive so visitors can have their own adventures in time and space inside the maze.

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The Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker will meet up with some of his old foes the Daleks at the launch of the York Maze.

It is fantastic to see how much interest there is in the 50th anniversary of the show. I have been invited to join events all over the world this year, but what York Maze have created with their giant maize maze has to be one of the most imaginative ways to mark the 50th anniversary I have seen. Who would have thought almost thirty years after I played the Doctor that the show would continue to go from strength to strength reaching a new generation of fans.

It is great that children and their families will be able to have their own Doctor Who inspired adventures in the York Maze this summer.

Oh, and Kasterborous editor Christian Cawley will be at the maze today, hoping to chat with Mr Pearcy and the special guest.

The rather wonderful York Maze (come on, it’s a maze, made from maize!) is open to the public from Saturday 13 July to Monday 2 September. See for details.


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About the Author


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+.

5 Responses to Colin Baker Opens Giant Dalek Maze 50th Anniversary Tribute

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  2. avatar Caity says:

    Am I the only one who didn’t hide behind the sofa as a child? I have no memory of ever being scared of Doctor Who. Yet it’s become the stock phrase everyone seems to use for their experience of watching the old series. My mum tells the story of how, during transmission of The Pyramids of Mars my grandmother popped in and began to berate her for letting me watch it on the basis “it’s too scary for her”. To which my mum’s reply was “does she looked scared?!” I was six and obviously braver than my grandmother!

    • avatar Francis Cave says:

      Nope, me too!!

      The only thing that scared me was Sapphire and Steel!

    • avatar Doobledoo says:

      There’s definitely been times when I jumped at something, but I’ve never really hid behind the sofa. I did have a nightmare about the Weeping Angels, though. Can’t remember what happened, just Weeping Angels.

  3. avatar Caity says:

    With that I agree! S&S totally freaked me out!

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