Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weird and wonderful props from the world of Doctor Who...

I'm as a much a fan as the next person as the sleek futuristic world of Star Trek, but what I've always loved about Doctor Who is that a lot of the contraptions the eccentric Time Lord invents are made of cobbled together parts and everyday objects (and we're not talking about the wobbly sets of the classic episodes).

Original animatronics and props used in Doctor Who
Animatronic Triceratops Doctor Who Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
Dalek eyestalk prop Doctor Who
TARDIS keys Doctor Who
Here's a final collection of screen-used Whoniverse props, including TARDIS keys and destroyed Dalek eyestalks, from visiting the Doctor Who Experience exhibit in Cardiff Bay, Wales on May 20 and December 9, 2013.

Original screen-used Doctor Who props
Doctor Who Video device The Idiot's Lantern
Doctor Who Whisk device Amy's Choice
Doctor Who Whisk prop Amy's Choice
Doctor Who Monster viewing device Vincent and the Doctor
Some of the other creations of the Doctor's on display included his Video Device from 2006's 'The Idoit's Lantern' in which in 1950's England David Tennant's Tenth Doctor trapped the 'Wire' creature in Betamax video cassette.

In 2010's fifth season episode 'Amy's Choice', Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor creates the whisk device to generate enough power for the TARDIS scanner.

Plus in another fifth season episode from 2010, 'Vincent and the Doctor', which featured an adventure with the famous troubled painter, Vincent van Gogh, the Doctor created this Monster Viewing Device to be able to see the invisible 'Krafayis' creature.

Doctor Who Dinosaurs on a Spaceship poster
Doctor Who Dinosaurs on a Spaceship poster
One thing you can always count on in Doctor Who is the weird and the absurd, so it was pretty cool to see the animatronic Triceratops used in the seventh series episode, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (who was quite partial to chasing golf balls).

Animatronic Triceratops from Doctor Who's Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
Animatronic Triceratops Doctor Who Dinosaurs on Spaceship
Triceratops prop Doctor Who Dinosaurs Spaceship
Animatronic Triceratops Doctor Who Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
Animatronic Triceratops Doctor Who
If you're a dinosaur fan, be sure to also check out this baby animatronic Triceratops and more original models and props from the Jurassic Park movies.

Plus if you're a fellow Whovian, take a look at all the fantastic costumes and props on display at the Doctor Who Experience.

Personally I can't wait to return to the U.K. for another visit to see what new delights from the 50-year-old show are part of the ever-changing exhibit.

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