WebFinds: The Space Museum 

The Space Museum - Collecting Doctor Who Promo

When an account titled @spacemuseum63 starts following you on Twitter, you need to double check they aren’t Dalek agents. I’m glad I did, because it led me to The Space Museum web site –  dedicated to cataloging Doctor Who collectibles from 1963 to 1989— the original run of the BBC TV series.

The items in the galleries – so far, only the 1960s features are live – come from the collection of Christopher Hill, who has approached the subject with an eye to simple design, offering a year by year guide to Who merchandise and accompanying photo galleries. The navigation is simple but effective and the articles offer a fascinating snapshot of the items for sale down the years that have been inspired by the show.

While inevitably there might be the occasional foray into considerable detail of particularly rare items, the features are well written and will surely spark plenty of nostalgia for those of us who may remember owning some of the items on show, or anyone curious to know if there really was a Dalek bath sponge!

TV Comic Issue 674, cover dated 14th November 1964 – the first issue with a Doctor Who strip
TV Comic Issue 674, cover dated 14th November 1964 – the first issue with a Doctor Who strip

Christopher’s collection focuses on toys and games, books, magazines and other printed material, and promotional, advertising and point-of-sale items.

Doctor Who's Space Adventure Book - Walls Sky Ray 1967
The album for your Doctor Who Sky Ray lolly card collection, released in 1967

The Space Museum, which includes many rare newspaper cuttings is extensive and impressive. Work on the 1970s and 80s galleries is still in progress, and Christopher is also still searching for a number of items to add to the collection. These are listed on the WANTED page.

A gossipy Doctor Who item from the magazine Reveille (22nd - 26th December 1966)
A gossipy Doctor Who item from the magazine Reveille (22nd – 26th December 1966)

Take a plunge back into Doctor Who‘s past as the BBC starts pushing new series. The Space Museum is well worth a visit and will certainly grow over time.

• You can find The Space Museum at thespacemuseum.net | Follow the Space Museum on Twitter or Facebook for updates to the site

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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