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Piece of Doctor Who memorabilia could be yours

Published: 1st February 2009 16:09

A deadly 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.

Cybershade at SpaceportSpaceport's Elaine Hyder with the Cybershade head

"The Next Doctor" was a tantalising precursor to the long-awaited news that Matt Smith will be following David Tennant as the eleventh Doctor. Matt will appear in his first 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 modeled 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 conditions visit www.spaceport.org.uk

The Art of Doctor Who exhibition, a world first, offers visitors the chance to see how Doctor Who is created from the first 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.

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