The National Media Museum in Bradford, Yorkshire — which is, delightfully, “the very first UNESCO city of film” — is organizing an exhibit to open in November called “Fifty Years of Doctor Who Fans”… and they want your stuff. From the museum’s blog:
With cult and long running television shows comes the inevitability of the super-fan; those who know every single morsel of trivia about their favourite series and who lovingly dedicate themselves to their preferred fictional worlds.
For a major exhibition this autumn, to coincide with five decades of Doctor Who, we’re turning our focus away from what is seen on screen and, instead, celebrating the fans who make the show the enduring force of nature it is.
Running from 12th November 2013 until 2nd March 2014, Fifty Years of Doctor Who Fans is set to be a tribute and testament to the devotion and affection held towards the much loved sci-fi show and, in order to make this the best exhibition possible, we need your help!
We’re appealing to all people with a love of Doctor Who in their hearts to help us answer the following questions – What does the programme mean to you? What makes a fan? How do you demonstrate your affection?
We aim to make this a show for fans, about fans and so we’re looking for devotees of the series to help us shape our exhibition and its content too!
If you own Doctor Who collectibles and souvenirs, or you have an interesting story relating to the programme, we want you to get in touch. Likewise, if you’ve ever knitted your own Dalek or made a custom K-9 from Lego, we’d love to hear from you. This is your story we want to tell and we can’t wait to share your fandom.
The museum doesn’t want your actual physical stuff, at least not yet. For now, they just want your story and a photo of your stuff. Go here for more info on how to submit the evidence of your fandom.
We’re collecting offers of contributions until Friday 9 August.
Probably best to get your stuff in sooner rather than later.
I wish I had access to the fanzines I published in the late 80s and early 90s! But the only copies I have are packed away in storage in NYC. Doh!
image from Doctor Who Toy History
(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)