Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder science exhibition to land in Scotland

The Time Lord will land at the National Museum of Scotland in December.

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder science exhibition to land at National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh in December National Museum of Scotland

The “mind-bending” science behind Doctor Who is to be explored at an exhibition in Edinburgh this year.

The Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition is set to take place at the National Museum of Scotland (NMS) this December, and will feature eight zones where visitors can explore scientific topics from the world’s long-running adventure show.

A range of hands-on immersive experiences and interactive features, produced by design experts Sarner International, will take visitors on a journey through space.

Guests will be able venture into a Tardis tech room and explore the science behind time travel asking whether it really is possible, as well as the Monster Vault, where they can get up close with some of the weird and wonderful characters that have appeared throughout the years.

Liv Mullen wheels a Dalek into the National Museum of Scotland ahead of the exhibition.Duncan McGlynn/National Museum of Scotland

The exhibition premiered at National Museums Liverpool’s World Museum, but will make its Scottish premiere on December 10 and will run until May 1, 2023.

Alison Cromarty, head of exhibitions and design at NMS, said: “We are tremendously excited to be bringing this exhibition to Scotland. From the wonder of the science fiction of the TV show to our present-day understanding of the big scientific topics it touches on, there is something for everyone.”

Doctor Who has a number of strong Scottish connections. To date three Scots, Sylvester McCoy, David Tennant and Peter Capaldi have played the role of The Doctor, with a fourth, Ncuti Gatwa, recently announced to take over the role. 

Other notable cast members have included Companions Karen Gillan and Neve McIntosh as well as Michelle Gomez as Missy (The Master), with Alan Cumming having also appeared recently as King James VI and I. 

Ed Cookson, projects director, Sarner International: “For almost 60 years Doctor Who has been exploring mind-bending scientific developments.

“The iconic characters, monsters, stories, and settings of the television series provide a perfect guide through the wondrous worlds of space, time and science.”

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