(Credit: York Maze)
A giant corn maze has been created in York, England, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
Although family attraction York Maze is all about corn mazes, we can't help thinking of another phenomenon when we see the giant pictures it creates out of its cornfields: crop circles. This seems particularly apropos for this year's theme; farmer Tom Pearcy has created, in celebration of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, an 18-acre maze paying tribute to the show.
Consisting of 10 kilometres of pathways, an aerial shot of the maze shows a giant Dalek over 300 metres tall, and portraits of the first and most recent Doctors: 1963's William Hartnell and 2013's Matt Smith.
To create different mazes, images are produced with a computer program, then mapped with a GPS. Coordinates are then sent to the handheld devices of York Maze staff, who follow these to carve the shapes out of the cornfield.
"I've got a seven-year-old son, he loves Doctor Who, I've always loved Doctor Who," Pearcy said. "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 maze, which was opened by sixth Doctor Colin Baker on 13 July, will be open to visitors until 2 September.