15 metres wide painting by Paul Curtis depicts fearsome Doctor Who monsters invading Liverpool
An epic mural depicting icons from Doctor Who landing in Liverpool has been unveiled at World Museum, just days before the world premiere of the blockbuster exhibition Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder on Friday 27 May.
The handiwork of Liverpool artist Paul Curtis, the striking mural is almost 15 metres wide and three metres high and was painted entirely by Paul – taking two weeks to fully complete. Alongside a stunning depiction of Liverpool’s iconic skyline, classic symbols of the TV show are seen descending on the city. From the instantly recognisable TARDIS to petrifying Weeping Angels and Sontarans, the mural weaves together icons of over 60 years of Doctor Who – the longest running science adventure show in the world.
Paul Curtis said: “It’s been really exciting to work on this painting at World Museum – the mural contains some classic icons from over 60 years’ worth of TV, along with the fascinating scientific elements that underpin the exhibition. Acting as the entrance point to the show, I hope it can attract visitors to come in and explore some of the incredible behind the scenes stories about the science that brings Doctor Who to life. At over 15 feet wide, you certainly can’t miss it!”
The mural has been unveiled to coincide with the opening of Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder at World Museum on Friday 27 May. This ground-breaking new exhibition will explore the science behind the global hit series Doctor Who and will give fans a chance to experience the Doctor’s adventures from a scientific perspective.
Through a range of immersive experiences and interactive content, visitors can journey through Cosmic Curiosities, discover more about the time traveling Police Box in the TARDIS Tech room, and visit the Monster Vault to get up close with some of the weird and wonderful characters that have graced our screens. The exhibition gives visitors the chance to engage with rare, behind the scenes artefacts some of which has been procured from the BBC’s own archive. Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder will offer a thrilling exploration of the science behind the stories for both established fans of the TV show and newcomers alike.
National Museums Liverpool recently announced that the exhibition will include contributions from stars across the fields of science and entertainment – including narration from actor and writer Mark Gatiss, a new contribution from actress Zoë Wanamaker, and space scientist and presenter of BBC’s The Sky at Night Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE.
Fiona Philpott, Director of Exhibitions at National Museums Liverpool, said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming the world premiere of Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder to World Museum. We’re so lucky to be the first museum in the world to host this must-see experience, which offers exclusive insight for Doctor Who buffs, science fiction fans and anybody else with a curious mind.”
“Paul’s fantastic new mural really highlights the many links between Liverpool and Doctor Who over the years – which is explored further within the exhibition with a fascinating new ‘Liverpool Connections’ area, underlining the many links behind the TV show and our great city.”
Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder opens on 27 May and tickets are available now. Adult tickets are priced at £14 in advance or £16 on the day – concession rates apply. Tickets for members are free. In addition to free entry to the exhibition, members receive limitless free entry to all other exhibitions, discounts in our shops and cafés and invitations to exclusive events.
For further information and to book tickets, visit liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/doctorwho