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