Fans of Dr Who will be aware that the Cybermen, probably one of the three most famous opponents of the Doctor alongside the Daleks and The Master, first appeared in The Tenth Planet, shown in 1966 and set in the then futuristic world of 1986. 2016 then sees their 50th anniversary, and The National Space Centre marked that occasion with Delete 50 with the 15th Cyber Legion helping to track the history of the Cybermen on screen.
The National Space Centre does sometimes host events like this – I wrote about a Star Wars event there – and in the normal style, as well as the exhibits on show and the seminars, visitors could mingle with characters from Dr Who roaming about the centre. The characters were from the 15th Cyber Legion, a Dr Who fan group which formed in 2012 and who do work for charity appearing as various Dr Who characters.
As well as Cybermen in attendance, there were a number of Doctors, a couple of K9s, a Dalek and even a few troops from UNIT there keeping an eye on what was going on.
My son was particularly taken by the Dalek and was keen for me to meet him and shake “hands”. I wasn’t so sure.
There were presentations too on Cybermen which were well attended, with pretty much every seat in the lecture area filled.
I was particularly amused by the Cyberman with a 50th birthday badge that played “Happy Birthday” in a rather cyber sounding way. He, like all the other members of the 15th Cyber Legion were friendly and happy to talk to those there about Dr Who, Cybermen, or whatever else you wanted to chat about.
If that wasn’t enough, there was of course plenty to inform and entertain at the Space Centre from the regular exhibits.
The Space Centre is always worth a visit, but definitely worth watching out for some of the events there. As well as Sci Fi days there have been recent talks from astronauts Tim Peak and Chris Hadfield, and future events include Steampunk in Space and the showing of Aliens to mark its 30th anniversary. You can keep up to date with events on the centre’s website.
Here are a few more photos from the Delete 50 event.