gathering of Daleks-world record set by Manchester fans
3]MANCHESTER,UK--The Museum of Science and Industry has been awarded
a World Record for hosting the largest gathering of Daleks.
The museum needed to attract 50 Daleks to beat
the record, and 70 turned up with their versions of the TV alien
during the event to promote the Doctor Who Up-Close exhibition,
which has attracted more than 200,000 visitors since it opened on
31 March. (enlarge photo)
Doctor Who fan Simon Morrell said: "Despite
the fact that we were surrounded by 70 of the most feared TV monsters
around, there was a relaxed atmosphere and luckily no exterminations
Ian Griffin, museum director, said: "The
Doctor Who Up-Close exhibition has been our most popular exhibition
yet, and the Dalek remains one of the most popular exhibits.
"Our World Record attempt for the
largest gathering of Daleks was one of the most exciting events
we've held at the Museum and really captured people's imagination."
To meet the Book of Records criteria, more
than 50 people dressed in costumes which `closely resemble a Dalek'
had to attend the event.
Each had to be around 1.64 metres high with a
single, staring eye, plunger-shaped arm and a lethal gun attachment.
The Daleks - characterised by the catchphrase
`Ex-ter-min-ate!' - have been a hit with audiences since they first
appeared in the show in 1963.
The exhibition has attracted more than 200,000
visitors since it opened on March 31 and has extended its run until
January 6 due to popular demand.