Doctor Who. Its popularity has spawned a fan base that spans generations. For most fans of the long-running BBC series, a move to give the show its own exhibit seemed like a natural one. The Doctor Who Experience first opened in London in February 2011. It proved to be so popular that its run was extended, finally closing on February 22nd of this year.
After its extended London engagement, the exhibit is moving from its original home at Olympia Two to a new, permanent location in Cardiff, Wales. The Doctor Who Experience will be housed in a 32,000 square foot location at Porth Teigr—right next door to the BBC Wales studios where Doctor Who is filmed! The exhibit is expected to attract around 250,000 visitors per year. You can keep track of the exhibit’s build progress by checking out the Doctor Who Experience Cardiff page on Facebook.
The official Doctor Who Experience website describes the exhibit as an interactive journey where fans are taken on a spectacular adventure through time and space with The Doctor. Highlights include the David Tennant TARDIS set, specially filmed interactive videos by the current Doctor, Matt Smith, and the largest ever collection of Doctor Who props and memorabilia—including the entire collection of the Doctors’ costumes from 1963 to the present! Visitors can also come face to face with some of the most infamous Doctor Who monsters, including Sontarans, Cybermen, and Daleks. If that doesn’t prove enough awesome for you, there are classes that will teach you to walk like a Doctor Who monster. You can come face to face with The Silence, brave the tunnel haunted by The Weeping Angels, and experience the strange thrill of being held prisoner by the Daleks. You can even take a shot at flying the TARDIS! The Doctor Who Experience also offers schools the chance to see the exhibit as part of a field trip. Can you say “best day of school, ever?”
When the exhibit was in London there was lots of exhibit-only merchandise available for sale, including a Cyberman hoodie, limited edition prints, and super rare Amelia Pond action figure. We can’t wait to see what kinds of exclusives await fans in Cardiff. (Would a Rory-as-a-60s-FBI-agent action figure kill you, BBC?)
The Doctor Who Experience doesn’t open in Cardiff until July 20th this year, so that gives all you Whovians plenty of time to plan your summer vacation to Wales. Tickets go on pre-sale from June 14th, and you can grab yours by visiting the official Doctor Who Experience website here.
Would you travel to Wales to see the Doctor Who Experience?