Piece of Doctor Who memorabilia could be yours
Cybershade is going to lose its head – and a lucky visitor to
Spaceport will win it. The head of a Cybershade – a shaggy
varient of Doctor Who nemesis the Cybermen – is now on show at
Spaceport as the Wirral-based attraction celebrates the extension of
the hugely successful The Art of Doctor Who exhibition. The
Cybershade head was made by Millennium FX, who have designed and
created these and many other famous adversaries of the Doctor.
“The Next Doctor” was a tantalising precursor to the long-awaited
news that Matt Smith will be following David Tennant as the 11th
Doctor. Matt will appear in his 1st episode in Easter 2010.
Ken Moss, Spaceport Manager, said:- “We wanted something big
to celebrate the fact that we have extended The Art of Doctor Who
exhibition until March 1st, and we’re absolutely delighted to have
the Cybershade head – it’s a ‘money can’t buy’ piece of celluloid
history. There will be a prize draw open to every visitor and
the lucky winner will be able to keep this unique prize forever.”
Cybershades are wraith like variants of the Cybermen, with bronze
cyberheads. They were created by the Cybermen after they broke
out of The Void (or the space between universes) because of a need
for a greater workforce. The Cybermen modelled the Cybershades on
animals and used them as guards or scouts. The shaggy monsters
are primitive animal-like conversions, created with the brain of a
cat or dog - except that they hiss, instead of bark or meow.
Every full paying adult visiting Spaceport between now and 22nd
February 2009 will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win
the head of the Cybershade. For competition terms and
The Art of Doctor Who exhibition, a world 1st, offers visitors the
chance to see how Doctor Who is created from the 1st script to the
final television programme.
More than 70,000 visitors have attended the exhibition since it
opened in May 2008, the busiest summer period since the attraction
opened in 2005.
As well as the Cybershade head, the exhibition showcases many of the
props, costumes and monsters from the hit BBC series, together with
some intriguing insights into how the programme is made.
Visitors are able to use interactive touch-screens, see exhibits on
the craft behind monster making and catch up with what exactly goes
on behind the scenes. The displays feature the expertise
behind many production areas – from special effects and CGI, to
make-up and costume. And the infamous Daleks are also on show,
alongside the TARDIS and many of the Time lord’s age-old enemies.
For further information call Spaceport on 0151 330 1333 or visit
www.spaceport.org.uk. Spaceport is located at
Victoria Place, Seacombe, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 6QY.
APPEAL, UNEXPLAINED DEATH TUEBROOK
Police is appealing for witnesses after a 58 year old woman was
found dead on Sunday, 1 February 2009.
At around 4pm on Sunday afternoon, a taxi driver was travelling
along Belmont Road, Tuebrook when he was flagged down by members of
the public. The people were tending to a woman who was lying on the
The taxi driver rang an ambulance and the woman was taken to
hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Merseyside Police is not treating the death as suspicious and the
Coroner has been informed. Merseyside Police is however keen to
trace the people who assisted the woman and flagged the taxi driver
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact
St Anne Street CID 0151 777 4064 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
celebration for West Allerton Station
Allerton Station is celebrating something old and something new for
the start of 2009. A historic display commemorating the
station’s rich history now adorns the station to celebrate its 70th
anniversary. The display was unveiled just days after a new
half hourly service was launched at the station, as well as an
hourly service on Sundays. Merseytravel has worked with
passengers and staff to develop the display, which reveals the
development of the station from humble beginnings on 2 January
Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel said:- “We are
really pleased that local people and users of the station have taken
such an active part in celebrating both milestones with us. Like
many other stations it is a focal point for this community.”
Councillor Chris Blakeley, Chair of Merseytravel’s Rail Services
Committee added:- “The display celebrates the rich history of
the station and the contribution it has made to the area over the
last 70 years.”
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel,
added:- “We are continuing to work hard to ensure that we
promote better connected, more frequent train services and this is
one that we hope will benefit many people. We would like to see more
people switching from their cars to a fast train direct to the
region’s city centres.”
The station was opened by the LMS (London Midland Scottish Railway
Company) to serve the new housing areas of Booker Avenue and Brodie
Users of the station contributed their own images, showing the
station’s development from opening day, when clouds of war gathered
over Europe, to the present day.
One of the contributors and a user of the station, John Armstrong,
said;- “It is fantastic to be part of something that
commemorates the anniversary of the station itself and celebrates
something new, which is the improved half hourly train frequency to
Liverpool Lime Street, Warrington and Manchester. The LMS was
far sighted in building the station to serve new housing. Today we are pleased that Merseytravel and Northern Rail have had
the vision to increase the frequency of the trains to half hourly
and to improve connections at Liverpool South Parkway, as well as
hourly service on Sundays.”
Daytime train services have doubled in frequency to every half hour
and the average journey time to Liverpool Lime Street is just 15
minutes. Improved connections at Liverpool South Parkway now
mean the journey time from West Allerton to Birmingham City Centre
is just over an hour and a half, with trains every half hour Monday
to Saturday. Merseytravel have distributed free timetable
leaflets to all households in the station catchment area to promote
the improved service.
When the station opened in 1939 there were 27 trains a day. Today
there are 62. West Allerton became a Royal Station when, in
July 1999, it was used as a departure station by the Queen and
Prince Philip. They joined the Royal Train there at the end of an
official visit to Liverpool.