Saturday, 13 February 2016

Series Nine Exhibits Materialise at Doctor Who Experience

Series Nine materialises at the Doctor Who Experience with a new range of exhibits. The episodic collection will include Davros and his hospital room, 'Witch's Familiar' to all those who have followed the recent series. Davros' emissary Sarff, the Mire, the Sandmen and the Veil are all amongst the line-up of foes whom the Doctor has faced in his Series Nine adventures.And, for all those 'Hell Bent' on visiting the TARDIS studio set at the adjacent BBC Wales studios, we are pleased to announce additional tour dates!
The new exhibits will be on display from Wednesday 2nd March and will cover all 13 episodes from Series Nine - that's everything from 'The Magician's Apprentice' through to the Christmas Special 'The Husbands of River Song'.  

So, as well as the Doctor's new costume, outfits from Clara, Ashildr and River Song will be on display as well as screen used props and, most exclusively, the Doctor's new Sonic Screwdriver!
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TARDIS Studio Set Tours
As part of our Filming Locations Tour programme, we're pleased to announce additional dates for our exclusive TARDIS studio set tour with dates between Saturday 20th February and Sunday March 6th 2016. Tickets go on sale midday Tuesday 16th February 2016.
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How to book your tickets:TARDIS Studio Set Tours will be running five times a day, from Saturday 20th February through to Sunday 6th March 2016 (please check seasonal opening times during this period as on some days the Doctor Who Experience will be closed).
Tickets will go on advance sale midday on Tuesday 16th February through and on 0844 801 2279 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your network access charges).
Existing ticket holders for these dates can upgrade their tickets via the same channels.
TARDIS Studio Set Tour tickets also include entry to the Doctor Who Experience.
Tickets are also available from the Doctor Who Experience Box Office from midday Tuesday 16th February, subject to availability.  

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Friday, 12 February 2016

Tales from the TARDIS Number 3 - On sale Now


Gabby, Cindy and the Doctor face their greatest challenge yet! The whole year has been building to this – what state will the Doctor and his companions be left in when the smoke clears?!

A terrifying pyramid has appeared in the skies above New York City, and it’s here to claim an ancient secret – buried in the body of a very-much alive movie star! As the Doctor attempts to unravel the conflict, Gabby and Cindy’s friendship is stretched to breaking point. Has Gabby changed too much in her short time away – or has she changed just enough to save the day?!

'Weapons of Past Destruction' concludes! Has one of the Doctor's beloved companions flipped sides? The final conflict between the Unon and the Lect – will one of them take the Time Lords' place as the guardians of the universe? 
We have five Doom Coalition 2 box sets worth £40 up for grabs! To be in with a chance of winning one of five copies of this AWESOME prize, pick up a copy of Doctor Who: Tales from the Tardis #3, available at all good retailers or buy online from Forbidden Planet

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Doctor Who to land in Stockport

“Have you ever thought what it’s like to be wanderers in the Fourth Dimension?”  The First Doctor, An Unearthly Child

Michael Herbert will be teaching an 11 week evening  class  on the history of the television programme, Doctor Who,  starting on  Monday 11  April 2016, at Aquinas College , Stockport.   This is the only evening class on the subject of Doctor Who in Britain.

This course will look at  the creation of Doctor Who by BBC’s head of drama, Sydney Newman, and producer Verity Lambert, in 1963. It will  then  follow its history over the following five decades, including the Twelve Doctors from William Hartnell to Peter Capaldi;  the many companions from Susan to Clara;  and the role of producers and script editors in the programme  such as Verity Lambert,  Terrance Dicks, Barry Letts,  John Nathan Turner, Andrew Cartmel,  Russell Davies and Steven Moffat .

 The course will examine why Doctor Who was taken off air in 1989 and how, against all the odds,  it returned in 2005 to  critical acclaim and is now  watched  by millions,  both in Britain and abroad.  Each week the course will view a number of  classic episodes from each Doctor’s era.

 The course will be led by historian and writer Michael Herbert,  who watched the first episode,  “An Unearthly Child”, aged 8, on 23 November 1963,  He has been watching ever since. His pamphlet “Doctor Who and the Communist” : the television career of Malcolm Hulke was published by Five Leaves Press in January 2015. Paul McGann  (the Eighth Doctor)  tweeted; “Michael Herbert has nicked the title of my memoirs”.

The  course first ran in 2015. Michael  was interviewed about the course by local TV station Quays News which can be seen here.

Michael said,  “I  am delighted to be presenting  this course again  at Aquinas College. I  am hoping that  viewers who  have become fans of the programme since 2055  will come along and find more about the  history of the programme. I also hope that viewers of my generation would like to revisit their memories of Doctor Who.“

Frazer  Hines, who played Jamie in Doctor who in the 1960s, sent a message to the course last year.  “I wish all the course members the best of luck and I hope you all have as much fun as I did working with the lovely Patrick Troughton. There is hardly a day that goes by that I don’t think about him as my den is full of photos of the two of us.Of course if I was invited I would love to reprise my role as Jamie (somewhat older though! Ha Ha) and if Patrick was still with us, the fun we would have in the current brand new, special Tardis! One only as to watch the DVD’s of our shows to notice the fun, love and camaraderie that the two of us shared with our female companions as well!”

Michael Troughton , whose father Patrick played the Doctor, and has himself appeared in the show,  also sent a message. “I know my dad would be very honoured, if not a little amazed,  to be included in such a course. After all, he did say right at the beginning of rehearsals for 'The Power of the Daleks' – ‘without Bill, it will probably only last 6 weeks.’ How wrong he was! It still survives today, stronger and just as popular as ever. In fact, I was so pleased to be able to fulfil a childhood dream and appear in the Christmas Special last year. What an emotional experience that was. It took me back to those heady days of studio visits to 'The Web of Fear' set and seeing Yeti and Daleks - I was just 12 years old then. I think if it hadn't been for the wonderful new character he was able to create for the Doctor, so different and above all believable, we would never have enjoyed the incredibly talented Doctors who followed. We have a lot to thank him for. Good luck with the course and hears to another fifty years of exploring time and space.”

For more information  or to book places  on the course,  please contact Sheila Lahan at Aquinas College, Stockport. Tel: 0161 419 9163. email:

Michael Herbert  is an historian who specialises in the history of Manchester’s radical and feminist  movements. His latest book is “Up Then Brave Women”: Manchester’s Radical Women 1819-1918. He also  teaches classes on  the history of radical women at Aquinas College.