Lord Montagu dresses as Tom Baker’s Doctor Who as vehicles and Daleks hit Beaulieu for show’s 60th anniversary
DALEKS have invaded Beaulieu as the National Motor Museum takes visitors on a voyage through space and time to mark Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary.
As well as the mutated metallic meanies from Skaro, the attraction is showcasing two of the most famous vehicles used by the Doctor when he wasn’t travelling by Tardis.
Bessie, a faux-vintage yellow roadster, was the Time Lord’s pride and joy, first introduced in the 1970 adventure Doctor Who and the Silurians.
She was initially used by Jon Pertwee as the exiled-to-Earth third Doctor helped Unit (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce) battle various alien incursions in the home counties.
Fourth Doctor Tom Baker got behind the wheel for his first story, Robot (1974/5), before Pertwee took control again for 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors (1983).
Six years later, Sylvester McCoy’s seventh Doctor took Bessie for one last spin, and she briefly appeared in 2013 Matt Smith story The Name of the Doctor, via flashback.
The futuristic hovercraft-like Whomobile, commissioned by Pertwee himself is also on display.
This outlandish vehicle appeared in Invasion of the Dinosaurs and the third Doctor’s final adventure, Planet of the Spiders (both 1974).
One of the displayed Daleks is an original that sent children scurrying behind the sofa, having starred in all but one of the classic Dalek episodes.
An avid Whovian, Lord Montagu spoke of his pride at hosting the exhibit during the recent Beaulieu Estate Dinner.
He also fondly recalled a visit Pertwee paid to Beaulieu during his time playing the Doctor.
“This is a programme close to my heart, especially as I worked on the technical restoration of several Doctor Who serials at the BBC and helped to return two missing episodes a few years ago,” he said.
“Jon came here to open our traction engine rally in , and it was one of the most exciting events of my childhood; little did I imagine that 50 years later we would be exhibiting two of his cars in the museum!”
The display can be seen until the end of February 2024 and is included in a general admission ticket to Beaulieu.
For more information and to book tickets, visit beaulieu.co.uk