Fans of Doctor Who will be thrilled by the news that an exhibition about the world's longest-running science fiction television series is opening in Scotland tomorrow at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.
Although Doctor Who: The Exhibition has been attracting record audiences down south over the past three years, this is the first time the BBC-approved show has been mounted in the north. It will run in Glasgow until January 2010 and, while an education programme has not been created, the organisers anticipate that schools may want to book timed tickets for end-of-term outings. They are offering two free teacher places for every 10 pupils, at Pounds 4.50 each.
Kelvingrove's temporary exhibition space in the basement has been extended and turned into "a whole new universe" for the show, which features props, costumes and monsters from the TV series, including those from the most recent episodes, as well as a recreation of the programme's art director's office, plus video clips and interactives with sound effects, strobe lighting and smoke adding extra atmosphere.
Visitors can see models of Scotland's own Doctor Who - David Tennant - plus Martha Jones, Donna Noble and Captain Jack. Also expected are the Cybermen, the Autons, Slitheen, the Face of Boe, the Weeping Angel and, of course, the dreaded Daleks. As one adult visitor to the show in Cornwall recounted: "I clicked a button and a door slowly opened to reveal a full-scale Dalek. The sound of 'Exterminate, exterminate' played loudly through the speakers and, I admit, I was more frightened than the little girl behind me."
For a photo tour, Google Justin's Blog: Doctor Who Exhibition.