Like the Tardis materialising from another dimension a giant Dalek has cropped up in a field of maize on the outskirts of York. Is it the work of alien invaders or crop circle pranksters? In fact it is an inspired piece of field art created by Yorkshire farmer and Doctor Who fan Tom Pearcy as his tribute to the 50th anniversary of the show.
Mr Pearcy’s York Maze design features the biggest image of a Dalek ever created, over 300m (1000ft) long, cut out of an 18 acre field of over one million living maize plants. The design also includes images of the first Doctor in 1963 William Hartnell and the current Doctor 2013’s Matt Smith. The 10km of pathways form an intricate maize maze which visitors can explore. York Maze is the largest maze in Europe and one of the largest in the world.
Says Tom Pearcy, “Like many kids I grew up watching Doctor Who from behind the sofa and fell in love with the show. I wanted to create a piece of art as a tribute to the 50th anniversary and also make it interactive so visitors can have their own adventures in time and space inside the maze.”
The sixth Doctor, Colin Baker met up with some of his old foes the Daleks at the launch of the York Maze.
Says Colin Baker, “It is fantastic to see how much interest there is in the 50th anniversary of the show. I have been invited to join events all over the world this year, but what York Maze have created with their giant maize maze has to be one of the most imaginative ways to mark the 50th anniversary I have seen. Who would have thought almost thirty years after I played the Doctor that the show would continue to go from strength to strength reaching a new generation of fans. It is great that children and their families will be able to have their own Doctor Who inspired adventures in the York Maze this summer.”
York Maze is open to the public from Saturday 13 July to Monday 2 September. See www.yorkmaze.co.uk for details.
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Doctor Who is recognised by Guinness World Records as the longest running science fiction television series in the world. It first aired on the BBC on 23 November 1963. The first Doctor was played by William Hartnell who held the role from 1963- 1966. The show continued through seven regenerations of the Doctor until 1989.
It was re-launched in 2005 and has found a new generation of fans. The current Doctor, the eleventh to occupy the role, is played by Matt Smith. The 50th anniversary is being marked by a year of events and will culminate in a feature-length special, to be transmitted on 23 November 2013, the precise date of the show's 50th anniversary.
Colin Baker Colin Baker is a versatile stage, TV and film actor, author and newspaper columnist. He played the flamboyant sixth incarnation of the Doctor from 1984-1986 with his trademark colourful coat. Colin was a contestant in the 2012 edition of ‘I’m A Celebrity... Get me Out Of Here’ where he spent 17 days in jungle. Colin is Honorary President of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.
York Maze York Maze covers 18 acres (8 football pitches) in size and is thought to be one of the biggest mazes in the world. The image of the Dalek is over 300m (1000ft) long and is the biggest image of a Dalek ever created.
Additional activities at York Maze include: Crowmania tractor trailer ride, giant sand and water play area, water wars game, jumping pillow, maze of illusions, crazy-mazy golf, pig racing, shop, café and BBQ. New for 2013 is Kernel Kernel’s House of Cornfusion – a topsy turvey indoor house of fun where rooms begin to shrink, tip over and even turn upside down, you won’t believe your eyes.
Farmer Tom Pearcy’s previous maze designs: 2002 Viking Longship 2003 Spiders Web 2004 Flying Scotsman 2005 Big Ben 2006 Star Trek 2007 James Bond 2008 Statue of Liberty 2009 Astronaut 2010 Spitfire 2011 Harry Potter 2012 Mayan God of Corn
Elvington Lane (B1228), York, YO19 5LT, just off the A1079 Hull Road.
Open daily from Saturday 13 July to Monday 2 September from 10am to 6.30pm (last admission 4.30pm).
2013 on the door admission prices: Adult £11.50, Senior £11.00, Children (3-15) £10.50, Under 3s Free, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £42.00.
Book online and save £5 off a family ticket. Free parking. Telephone: 01904 607341, www.yorkmaze.co.uk
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