Doctor Who and Blackpool: The Time Lord's favourite Earth resort

The man who ran one of the famous Doctor Who exhibitions in Blackpool, David Boyle, has died.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 2:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 3:04 pm
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There were two exhibitions in the resort. The first at 111 Central Drive, which ran for 11 years from 1974 to 1985. We've searched our archives to have a look at Blackpool's association with Doctor Who over the years.

10 Giant Spiders stop the traffic on Blackpool Promenade as they make their way to the Dr Who Exhibition in 1974
Tom Baker with Elizabeth Sladen and Ian Marter (all wearing junior reporter badges) meet some of the Gazette prize winning Junior Reporters

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Colin Baker opens the Space Invader ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Doctor Who Exhibition, Blackpool 1974
Blackpool Carnival procession organised by Round Table as a finale to Centenary Celebrations. Tom Baker pictured with some of the many carnival collectors in June 1976
Huge crowds assembled outside the New Ritz on the Golden Mile to see the arrival of Dr Who (Jon Pertwee) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) to officially open the new BBC TV Tardis Exhibition
Huge crowds assembled outside the New Ritz on the Golden Mile to see the arrival of Dr Who (Jon Pertwee) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) to officially open the new BBC TV Tardis Exhibition
Dr Who (Jon Pertwee) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) with a chocolate Dalek baked specially for the opening of the Dr Who Exhibition in Blackpool
The Lions Carnival on Blackpool Promenade. Hyde fundraisers and staff of the Dr Who exhibition
Tom Baker switching on Blackpool Illuminations in 1975
Daleks arrive at Blackpool North Rail Station in 1965
The Doctor Who Exhibition on The Promenade
Following the closure of the Doctor Who Museum on Sunday November 8th Jason Matthews who posed as many Dr Who baddies at the attraction.
Reporter Rob Stocks dwarfed by to of the monsters which have never been photographed before. Sontaran (left) and Garm.
David Boyle in the TARDIS
Dr Who exhibition on the promenade at Blackpool. The Clowns monsters.
David Boyle, with an old favourite.
The new Doctor Who illuminations in Blackpool.
Doctor Who Illuminations under construction for 2007
One of the Doctor Who features in the 2007 Blackpool Illuminations
Cybermen at the Doctor Who Museum
Director/owner of the exhibition David Boyle pushes 'Bessie', the car driven by Jon Pertwee, into position
Exhibition Manager Mark Jacabs inside the Tardis.
Central Library in Blackpool held a Doctor Who Extravaganza, with costumes and props from the Doctor Who Exhibition, quizzes and a fancy dress parade.
David Boyle, in "Bessie". Pictured behind are some of the monsters which have never been photographed before.
Dr Who exhibition on the promenade at Blackpool. Reporter Rob Stocks with one of the monsters which have never been photographed before- Garm.
St George's Day parade from Lowther Pavilion in Lytham. David Boyle and Julie Whitfield in a model of Doctor Who's car.
Doctor Who - Tom Baker with the Queen of the Lights at the Rigby Road Illuminations depot in 1979
Colin Baker tries out a new ride, the Space Invader, at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
The new Doctor Who exhibition opened today on Blackpool promenade. Exhibition Director David Boyle has a close encounter with a Cyberman
The new Doctor Who exhibition opened today on Blackpool promenade. Can Cybermen get in for half price? Doctor Who and a few friends queue for the exhibition.
The new Doctor Who exhibition opened today on Blackpool promenade. A Dalek sets out to exterminate a few holidaymakers.
Former "Doctor" Sylvester McCoy at the Doctor Who Museum on the Golden Mile, Blackpool.
The Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On 2007. David Tennant on stage
The Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On 2007. David Tennant on stage
The new Doctor Who illuminations in Blackpool. 2007
Cybermen on the Doctor Who Illuminations tableau Blackpool in 1975
Children gathered at North Station , Blackpool to watch the arrival of 5 Daleks in connection with the Cinematograph Exhibitors' Association conference
Doctor Who Exhibition, Blackpool 1974.The Ogron
Doctor Who Exhibition, Blackpool 1974. The Daleks
Doctor Who Exhibition, Blackpool 1974
Doctor Who Exhibition, Blackpool 1974
Doctor Who Exhibition, Blackpool 1974
Doctor Who Exhibition, Blackpool 1974
Doctor Who Exhibition, Blackpool 1974