If you are a Dr Who fan*, then it may prove worthwhile to pay a visit to West Ham, for inside their former supporter’s club store can be found an entire museum devoted to the science fiction show.

In fact, the museum sits at the back of a shop in what was the football club’s trophy room. Gaudy cups celebrating sporting prowess have been replaced by Daleks and Cybermen.

A cheery hullo as I wandered in, and looking around by the door I didn’t see anything obviously museum-like, but the cash desk confirmed that yes, there is a museum, and for £3 a person can use the Tardis in the corner to go have a look.

Yes, you enter the museum via a Tardis – corny or brilliant – take your pick.

So, running the width of the back of the store is the dark room filled with Dr Who memorabilia – most of it originated from the TV series, and a smaller quantity being props made for promotional events. Dominating the room are costumes – lots of costumes, mainly of villains, but sitting significantly in a protective glass box is one of Tom Baker’s famous outfits – and yes, it has a scarf.

The Who Shop in East London
A couple of Daleks line one side of the room. They own four in total – another one is in the shop and the last is in storage.

The Who Shop in East London

The Tardis console is from the 1989 stage play 

For me personally, what I liked about the museum is that it focused mainly on the older stuff rather than being dominated by anything post-2005, as some of the travelling shows have done. Obviously, that is in part due to newer items not being sold off to collectors yet, so I am sure the collection will slowly catch up with the newer episodes and offer that experience to the newer Dr Who fans.

They have a gas mask, obviously, and the shop has plenty of weeping angels. A chap wandered in while I was browsing and asked for weeping angels. He didn’t care what sort of things he could buy, he was just after a weeping angel, any weeping angel of any sort.

Maybe he should have visited a memorial stonemason.

Back in the museum, I was particularly pleased to see a 1980s style Cyberman. I really don’t like the new versions. For me, they lack humanity – which may seem an odd thing to complain about, but part of the fear of the Cybermen was that they were humans who blended with machines, and in physicality at least – retained some human aesthetics. For me, the current Cybermen are too mechanical and the notion that they are actually living people is buried literally, and figuratively under grey makeup.

The Who Shop in East London

Amusingly, they have a robot from the Robots of Death – that’s two I have seen in the past month!

A few glass cases contain smaller objects from face masks to weapons and general costumes from the TV series.

As usual with museums, not everything is on display and they rotate the objects on occasion. An ice-man is currently awaiting restoration before going on display. A Yeti is in the corner, sitting in front of a London Underground sign.

Feel free to take photos or pose with your favourite villain, and the owner or staff will be in there to very happily chatting away for ages about anything Dr Who you care to talk about.

The main store is packed mainly with collectables from the current crop of TV series, although if you look around, there are older objects for sale. I spotted a couple of VHS boxed sets that I once collected myself, and then sold on eBay a few years ago.

There are in fact two Tardis in the shop – one the entrance to the museum, and the other is an actual prop from the film – Dalek Invasion of Earth.

However, whoever thought up the idea of a cuddly toy Dalek needs to be exterminated.

The museum/store has been around since 1984, although they only moved to the current location a few years ago.

For me, the TV show is just a bit of light entertainment, but the museum is nostalgic and run by evident fans which then makes the shop a more enjoyable place to visit – and it feels better to be buying goods from somewhere that isn’t just piling up shelves because a head-office merchandising department brought some stock.

The museum and shop is open Mon-Sat usual retail shop hours (map link)

Address: The Who Shop, 39-41 Barking Road, London E6 1PY

The Who Shop in East London

* Yes, I know it is Doctor Who, but I am lazy and Dr is faster to type – and, more importantly, it really annoys the pedants.

Update: 24th March 2019 – Entry is still £3, and they take a photo of you outside the Tardis, but no longer allow photos inside the museum itself.


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  1. M@ says:

    What? How? How? How have I not heard of this before? I’ve been to West Ham plenty of times, but never spotted this. Cheers for the tip.

    Also, like your footnote.

  2. Mike Yates says:

    Thanks for posting this! I’m with you on the new Cybermen, they are very far removed from the “dehumanised medicine” that their co-creator Dr Kit Pedler used them to warn against.

    Think I’ll get my Third Doctor costume out and pop along 🙂

  3. Lela says:

    A Mom and Daughter Texas pair will be in London in mid-May and would love to visit this Dr Who Museum. If we are staying in Kensington, how/where do we go there and what should we look for please? Thank you in advance, Lela

    • Jolie says:

      The Tube. Circle line to Gloucester Rod, change with District line to Upton Park

  4. Kate says:

    Thanks for the directions and for the heads up about the museum. I’ll be there with my 15 year old Doctor Who fanatic (Tom Baker and David Tennant fan, but loves Pertwee, too)–in May. I may try to stay near the place–it would be easier since he will want to camp out there!

    Kate from Jenkintown, Pennsylvania USA

  5. Lina says:

    How great to see something else from the big official “Doctor Who Experience” which fees like it’s what you said – just piling up shelves with stuff. Very cheap museum too, I’ll be sure to visit it!
    Great review, I like that it’s mostly post-2005 🙂

    Lina from Sweden

  6. Bob Pickering says:

    Thank You for this…we will be in the UK in September and were planning to visit the Dr. Who experience, however we found that it will be closed when we are there for an upgrade to the 12th…. Never the less this place will do nicely.

  7. Penny says:

    To be honest i found it was quite a disappointment. The Museum was a bit cold and smelly and the boy that showed us around was only interested in leaving asap with his coffee although did have verbal diareah if you asked any question. To have such origlinal pieces and memorabilia the place could do with a revamp with sound effects at least. The key that you are allowed into the tardis is a little padlock fiddly type key that is swiftly and audibly requested back as if you might lose it in that split second! The shop itself is well stocked but overpriced and items of real interest are not priced but you feel like its too much to even ask! This is not a Doctor who friendly site for youngsters but tourists really..as i was loudly asked to move out of the way whilst an older Sarah Jane hopeful laid out the red carpet and took pictures for tourists. My Son was in tears as it was so uninspiring and pretentious.

  8. Fran Holmes says:

    Loved it. Take the green train line towards Barking but get off at Upton park, then take #58 bus for 3 stops. Lovely young men, really knowledgeable

  9. Shel says:

    Is the merchandise (classic series and new series) still horrendously overpriced?

  10. Tony says:

    Hi i will be visiting shop tomorrow with my son how do I get there from Southend by train thanks.

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