Top five Doctor Who themed outings in London

06:10 08 August 2013

Glasgow-born actor and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi will play the 12th incarnation of the Doctor. Picture: Rankin/BBC/PA Wire

Glasgow-born actor and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi will play the 12th incarnation of the Doctor. Picture: Rankin/BBC/PA Wire

The announcement of the new Time Lord in Doctor Who has generated much excitement, and to mark the occasion VisitEngland grabs its sonic screwdriver and rounds up some of the best Whovian experiences in London.

1. Take a tour

Brit Movie Tours offers a Doctor Who Walking Tour, taking visitors on a capital adventure looking at Doctor Who locations from the past 50 years, accompanied a Whovian expert guide. Visitors will get to glimpse 15 ‘set-jetting’ locations, including sites featured in The Invasion, Remembrance of the Daleks and more recently, Rose.

Tours run at 11am on August 11 and 25, September 29, October 27 and over the 50th anniversary weekend, November 23 and 24. Each sessions runs for approximately 2 ½ hours and costs £12 for adults and £10 for children.

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2. Visit an iconic landmark

Many of the capital’s iconic landmarks have taken centre stage in recent times. When the Doctor met Shakespeare, they filmed inside Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Today, the Globe Exhibition and Tour gives visitors an opportunity to channel their inner David Tennant and learn more about this unique building and its most famous playwright.

Even the most upmarket addresses in London have featured in Doctor Who. Buckingham Palace narrowly missed being hit by the Spaceship Titanic in the 2007 Christmas special Voyage of the Damned, while the Slitheen infiltrated 10 Downing Street in 2005 episode, Aliens of London.

3. Find a blue box

If like the Doctor you love nothing more than a quick jaunt through time and space, you’ll find a blue police phone box parked near Earl’s Court Station in London. Any day of week, large groups of tourists and fans alike can be seen outside the TRADIS-like landmark, taking advantage of this unique photo opportunity.

You can also see a TARDIS at London Film Museum. This TARDIS was piloted by Peter Cushing in the 1965 film Dr Who And The Daleks.

Also, Kensington Palace is rumoured to be getting just what the doctor ordered…William and Kate’s new home is set to have a TARDIS-like police box installed in the garden at the east corner of the north boundary wall. Let’s hope The Doctor will be keeping a watchful eye on young Prince George!

4. Go shopping

Why not nip into town for spot of shopping? For Doctor Who memorabilia, books and toys make sure you visit The Who Shop, a dedicated Doctor Who shop and museum in Upton Park. You will also find Doctor goodies at Forbidden Planet and Hamleys.

5. Head to an exhibition

From November 22 to 24, ExCeL will get a whole lot bigger on the inside as the stars and monsters from Doctor Who take over for three out-of-this-world days. A gateway to a whole universe of adventure, the official Doctor Who 50th Celebration will bring together panel sessions with stars from five decades of space and time travel, alongside behind-the-scenes information from the production team and crew who’ve been bringing the magic to our screens for 50 fabulous years.

The Doctor Who Experience will be presenting Walk Like a Monster workshops every day, and visitors will even be able to design their own monster with the artists and team from the official Doctor Who magazine, Doctor Who Adventures.

Even if you’ve got 13 lives, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Doctor Who fans, young and old. Standard tickets cost £49.04 for adults and £22.12 for children.

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