Lates: Doctor Who - Science in the Fiction

After hours at the Museum

Enjoy exhibitions, talks, science demos, food and drinks by night on the last Friday of the month.

Join us as we celebrate science fact and science fiction at Lates on Friday 25 October.

For years, scientists have been fascinated with discovering more about the vast universe we live in, and science fiction has been there to fill in the blanks and capture people's imagination.

Doctor Who, the longest-running science fiction television series, has been building adventure around space, aliens and time travel since 1963. Find out about the real-world science that inspires the creators of stories like those seen in Doctor Who.

Chat to scientists, meet the Doctor Who special effects team Millennium FX, and discover the science fact behind the science fiction.

  • 25 October 2019, 18.00-22.00

Plan your Lates

Visitors talking to a scientist at a pop-up science station

Pop-up science stations

Meet our scientists, find out about their latest research and see incredible specimens.

Free, no ticket required

Take your photo with the TARDIS

Find it under the six-metre suspended Museum of the Moon artwork in the Jerwood Gallery. Your Instagram feed will look out of this world. 

Free, no booking required

David Tennant as Doctor Who and Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones standing back to back in front of the Moon

Watch the episode 'Smith and Jones'

Grab your sonic screwdriver and head to the Moon. Catch the Doctor and Martha Jones helping the Judoon to find the vampiric alien in episode one of series three.

Attenborough Studio
18.00, 19.00, 20.00 and 21.00
Free; first come, first served 

Naturally Monstrous

Join a Museum scientist and Doctor Who special effects artists to discover how creators draw inspiration from animals to create both the look and the lifestyle of aliens.

19.00 and 20.15
Flett Theatre
Free; first come, first served

Mission to Mars

Code a Martian rover using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 robotics sets and traverse a large-scale replica of the surface of Mars.

Darwin Centre
Free, drop-in

Spirit collection tours

Explore the amazing diversity of life on Earth with a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoology spirit collection. 

£15, bookings essential
Tours run every half hour from 18.30

Experience nature up close

Encounter the beauty and fragility of wildlife, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know extraordinary species, exhibited on 100 lightbox displays.

Advance booking is highly recommended. 

Stay late at the Silent Disco

Make waves on the dance floor under Hope the whale, and curate the soundtrack to your night as three DJs make you move.

Adult: £22, Member: £20

Important information

Please note that photography and filming may take place during this event, in which you may be identifiable.

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If you have any concerns about being filmed or photographed, please speak to a member of staff.

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