As 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
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
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.
Event - Doctor Who Experience Official
Location - Cardiff Bay
Date - 20 July 2012 (Tickets on sale from 14 June
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.
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
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
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
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
And now thanks to Visit Britain a man who has travelled
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