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My Day out with the Doctor

Doctor WhoAs if Cardiff didn't already have enough brilliant attractions, along comes another one - The Doctor Who Experience, adding to Cardiff's enviable list of places to go and things to see.

Given that most of the series is filmed in and around Cardiff it is fitting that this new interactive exhibition is housed in the Bay area of the city and opposite the new BBC studios.  It opens to the public this week and yesterday I was given a special sneak preview.

The tour starts with a short film before the screen parts and we were invited to step through the crack in time into another universe.  In there we get to meet the eleventh Doctor himself (or at least via video), who's voice will guide us through the experience. 

Next comes the highlight of the tour as we step through the famous blue doors and into the Tardis.  Invited to take the controls, the most famous police box in the world, shakes and rattles as we fly through space.

Safely on the ground we emerge to be confronted by none other than the daleks.  After they explain, in their own particular style, their plans for world domination and with threats of extermination ringing in our years, we move on to a final film where thanks to the 3D glasses I have a closer than I would have liked encounter with a cyberman.

From there we were led through into the exhibition where we could look at all manner of props and memorabilia from the show.  The costumes of all 11 doctors and many of his assistants are on display.  Models of some of the most gruesome monsters are there too and you even get the chance to control a dalek and learn to walk like a cyberman.

Finally it was on to the shop, stocking every conceivable Doctor Who merchandise imaginable.

The Doctor Who experience is located right in the heart of Cardiff Bay and opens this Friday 20 July.  See the website for more details.

Who's Coming to Cardiff

Event - Doctor Who Experience Official Opening
Location - Cardiff Bay
Date - 20 July 2012 (Tickets on sale from 14 June 2012)

Look carefully at any episode of Doctor Who and the chances are that you will notice the odd Welsh location or two.  That's because the highly popular drama is filmed in Wales, at the new BBC studios in Cardiff Bay and at various locations around the country.

Not surprising therefore that a superb new visitor experience for Doctor Who fans is due to open in Cardiff this summer.  In fact it's located right opposite the studios.

The Doctor Who Experience is the first ever interactive Doctor Who exhibition that invites visitors to star in their very own Doctor Who adventure. Arriving at the venue they will step through a crack in time to become the Doctor's companion, taking on the challenge of reuniting the Doctor with the TARDIS whilst fending off threats from some of his most fearsome foes - entering a Dalek spaceship and finding a way through a maze of Weeping Angels. Featuring a replica of the Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS which visitors get to fly themselves the interactive walk-through culminates in a stunning 3D finale that sets the scene for fans entering the exhibition.

Tickets go on sale on 14 June with the attraction opening to the public on 20 July 2012.


Who's Coming to Cardiff

Did you know Doctor Who is filmed in Cardiff?

If you're familiar with the city and the surrounding area you've probably noticed a few landmarks and locations in the background, even if they're pretending to be somewhere else.

The city really cashes in on the popularity of the TV series with hotels offering special Doctor Who breaks, guided tours of locations and a new exhibition opening soon in Cardiff Bay.And now to cap it all the city will this spring host the first official Doctor Who Convention. For two days in March the Wales Millennium Centre will be packed with fans and enthusiasts who have a chance to delve into the inner workings of the show and find out how it is created.

Fans will be able to attend panel discussions with stars from the show, see demonstrations from the special effects teams and learn how the wardrobe department design and create the monsters and characters.

The convention takes place on the 24th & 25th March. Tickets cost £99 per day (inc VAT), which covers a whole day of activity from 9am to 6pm and strictly limited to 1,500 per day.

For more information please visit the convention's website.

WHO likes Cardiff?

Throughout this blog and website you'll see me telling you how great Cardiff is and how many wonderful attractions and events that happen in the city and the surrounding area.  Even National Georgraphic agreed with us.

And now thanks to Visit Britain a man who has travelled a lot through many different time zones tells us why he likes Cardiff.

Take a look at the video to see WHO he is