19 November 2013

Doctor Who - the Museum and Shop

Look away now if you're not a Sci-Fi fan (you might like to see Mr Kiwi feels about living with a Kiwi geek). I've never read any Doctor Who books - with the TV series being so captivating I've never really felt the need to.
 
I have however graced a Doctor Who Museum. Will that do instead? Museums are hallowed places full of learning much like books. Just think of it as a living book.
 
 
The first ever Doctor Who Episode "An Unearthly Child" was filmed in the East End of London, so it's a nice echo that the shop & museum are here too. One rainy Saturday afternoon (the same one we discovered the Cockney Cash Machines and attended the Blogger Afternoon Tea - totally unrelated but a fantastic day) we hopped on the miraculously working tube and ventured to Gallifrey Upton Park for a morning of who-licious-ness. (Sorry.)

(Being a good prepared stupid blogger, I didn't take my camera.
Thank you RunawayKiwi you are a legend.)

The shop was set up by two dedicated Whovians in 1984, and is a treasure trove of memorabilia and things you never thought could possibly exist. The front of the building is a shop filled with every piece of Kit you could want. Tom Baker Scarf? Done. Sonic Screwdriver TV Remote? Done. K9 Christmas Tree Decorations? But of course. It's almost a consumer temple itself to the weird and wonderful.
 
 

Much like the TARDIS, the shop is much bigger than it seems, and also contains a Museum, full of actual props, costumes and memorabilia. It's a treasure trove for Whovians (and part of the £3 entry fee goes towards a charity. This means you're worshipping at the temple of Who for a good cause.)

There are also life size Daleks. Do I need to say anymore?


I loved wandering through, marvelling at everything - even Mr Kiwi loved it as we ran across the Maggots, a baddie that made him cower behind the couch as a kid.


('scuse the retro tint, a) I couldn't resist b)the light was horrendous)

Directions? Turn left (here).
 
 
Well - kinda! For further better directions and essential info the website is here. They don't know who I am, or why I'm writing this, just sharing the love.
 
So, what do you think are the best Doctor Who Monsters? An old or a new one?
And Daleks can now fly. Thoughts?

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18 comments :

  1. Ooh didn't know about this place Emma, thanks. Love their shoplifters sign! I didn't ever really find any of the monsters scary - watched too many horror flicks as a teen I guess. However, weeping angels…if I saw a statue that looked like that I'd have to run away very fast! Vohn x

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    1. It's a fab little shop! I didn't like the children in gas masks, and the weeping angels are genius!

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  2. I think the episode that creeped me out the most was the kids in gas masks. "Are you my mummy" sent shivers down my spine!

    Looks like a great place :)

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    1. I was exactly the same - how clever, and disgusting are they!?

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  3. Isn't there a big Doctor Who experience in Cardiff, Wales?! You ought to check that out!

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    1. I'm sad to say I've been when it was in London, such a #geek!

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  4. I had no idea this place existed! I'm taking my husband to the experience next year for his birthday and may have to add this to our list of places to go!

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    1. You definitely have to! It's really sweet.

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  5. Awesome! I am definitely going to try and check this one out soon!

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    1. it's great fun and the staff are really sweet.

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  6. Wow, I love it! Must definitely go there the next time I'm in London. Thanks for the tip!

    When I was there in May I had to visit the "tardis" (old police box) outside of Earl's Court Station. xD Oh, and in Brooklyn, NY I found a Dr Who themed bar called the Way Station. Super cool ;D

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    1. My pleasure - it's great to meet fellow Whovians!
      OH COOL!!

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  7. I've been a fan of Doctor Who my whole life and Tom Baker was my first. I've never been to the Doctor Who shop but I have been to the Experience 3 times, twice in Earl's Court and once in Cardiff. It's a lot of fun but needs to be updated more often!

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  8. Never been to either this or Experience - I don't even know why! I'm a huge Whovian, but I guess it'd be different if I were VISITING London, as it is, I just go: it'll still be there next week, month, whatever, I'll have time to go. Do you do that as well?
    I'm going to the Shop and Museum next week and THAT IS FINAL. : )
    Happy to have found your post while googling for London Who ; ))

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  9. Going next week and that is FINAL. : )

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  10. Going next week and that is FINAL. : )

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