The National Museum of Scotland has announced A Night of Science and Wonder, two exclusive evenings celebrating their Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition. These adult-only events will explore the creative innovation and cutting-edge science behind the global hit television series, Doctor Who.
Each night will feature an expert perspective on either space science or Doctor Who, plus themed hands-on activities. Your ticket also includes entry to the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition.
On Thursday 2nd March, it’s your chance to listen to Marcus Chown, formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology. Marcus, who I had the pleasure to meet some years ago while I was working on the Lancaster Literature Festival, is a science writer, journalist and presenter best known for his ability to explain the intricacies of cosmology and astronomy in a fun and accessible way.
His books include The Ascent of Gravity, which was The Sunday Times Science Book of the Year; The Magicians; Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand, What A Wonderful World; Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You; Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil; and We Need to Talk to Kelvin and Afterglow of Creation, which were both runner-up for the Royal Society Book Prize. Marcus has also tried his hand at Apps and won The Bookseller Digital Innovation of the Year for Solar System for iPad.
Marcus will be discussing some of the incredible scientific realities behind the Doctor’s adventures through space and time.
On Friday 3rd March, longtime Doctor Who fan Andrew Beech, a Doctor Who Content, Production and Rights consultant for the BBC, who had a pivotal role in the Doctor Who Appreciation Society back in my days as editor of Doctor Who Magazine, takes the stand.
Andrew, who was also Curator of The Doctor Who Experience, contributed to the development of the exhibition and will be sharing his passion and unique insights about the television series and displaying some of his favourite costumes and show props.
Andrew was associate producer of the Reeltime Pictures video production Downtime, and appeared in The Corridor Sketch. He also played a Time Lord in Dimensions in Time.
On each evening the whole event will run from 6.30 10.30pm. During that time there are two talk timeslots: 6.45 and 9.00. You will be asked to select your talk time when you book your ticket/s.
The events will include pop-up science activities in the Museum’s Collecting Stories gallery, plus a unique chance to see some Doctor Who props and costumes not usually on display. There will also be a licensed bar. Coming along in costume is encouraged!
Timed entry slots for Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder will be allocated on arrival so that everyone can enjoy the interactive exhibition content either before or after the talk. There will be plenty of activities to explore before and after your exhibition visit.
Hands-on, immersive experiences take you on a journey where science fiction meets science fact, exploring innovative technologies, bioscience and space travel. Enter The Monster Vault and come face to face with some of The Doctor’s most famous foes over the past six decades.
• A Night of Science and Wonder 6.30 – 10.30pm 2nd and 3rd March, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF – Enter via Lothian Street |Pricing: Strictly age 18+ – Adult £22 | Over 60, Disabled, Unemployed £20 | NMS Member, Student, Young Scot (age 18-21) £18 including talk and exhibition entry | Book your tickets here
• Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder, The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF, 9th December 2022 – 1st May 2023 | Book in advance to save
With thanks to Saul Nassé