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.)
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?