Time Lords travel into 21st century Leicester this weekend

By Ollie Churm

Doctor Who fans in Leicestershire had sonic screwdrivers and model Tardises out in force last weekend when a Science of the Time Lords event took place at the National Space Centre.

William-Hartnell

Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann (the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth doctor), were all in attendance at the event on the Sunday, which caused a huge stir amongst fans of ‘the Doctor’.

Peter Sheehan, a local nurse and long-time Doctor Who fan and collector, expressed his enthusiasm ahead of the event as he looked forward to meeting the Doctors that he used to watch while he was growing up.

“I’ve been watching Doctor Who ever since the first episode aired in 1963 and I’ve been collecting videos and antiques ever since,” he said.

“There’s just something about it which I think appeals to all audiences, whether it be the children who enjoy the adventure and science fiction elements, the mothers who enjoy the romance, or the fathers who enjoy the old memorabilia such as vintage radios.

“Sylvester McCoy is my favourite Doctor of them all since he brings a certain humour to the role. Being able to meet him there will truly be amazing. I’m hoping to get a picture with him in the TARDIS while I’m there on the Sunday.”

The event allowed visitors to discover the science behind Doctor Who and welcomed fans of all ages. There were plenty of workshops and challenges aimed to teach youngsters more about space and science as well, whilst it provided a fun and enjoyable experience.

Visitors had the chance to get an autograph, or have their photo taken with the doctors in the Tardis set with full scale Tardis interior, as well as a fan-built recreation of the Dalek City, including a 14ft Emperor Dalek.

Many actors and actresses that have appeared on the show also made appearances, with special guests such as Dan Starkey (Strax), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra) and David Bradley, who portrayed William Hartnell (the first doctor).

Many students in Leicester were also very excited about the event, including Arondeep Nandra, a Biomedical student from DMU, who could not contain his excitement for the event.

“I’ve been a Doctor Who fan since I was really young and used to watch it at home when David Tennant was the Doctor and I’ve kept watching it even since I’ve been at uni,” he said.

“I’ve bought tickets to go with a few friends on the weekend and really can’t wait for it. It looks like it’s going to be so good and they’ve got loads lined up for it. I think it will get everyone excited for the new but controversial series with a female doctor.”

The event included an exhibition, Time Lord Trail, Hyperspace Hypermarket, and Doctor Who craft zone, which provided fans with a truly authentic experience.

There was an artist alley, which showcased lots of artwork including the works of some of the UK’s best-known artists such as comic book artist Grant Perkins and graphic designer Stuart Manning.

This Doctor Who event has been running for the past four years and looks as though it will be continuing well into the future with this year’s event being extremely well-attended.

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