New Doctor Who Exhibition Planned for CardiffBookmark and Share

Sunday, 11 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus

A new Doctor Who Exhibition is being planned for the Welsh Capital by BBC Studios in association with Cardiff Council.

The new Experience is currently in development at Cardiff Castle, in the centre of the city, and due to be operational by the summer of 2019.

Cardiff previously hosted a Doctor Who Exhibition at a location near the TV studios where Doctor Who is made. It closed in 2017 leaving Cardiff council taxpayers with a £1.1 million pound bill.

The new location contains a medieval Norman castle as well as a Victorian Gothic revival mansion and is located in the heart of the city.

Although BBC Worldwide have said there are no plans for a Doctor Who exhibition in Cardiff, the item is listed on the agenda of the Cardiff Council Cabinet this Thursday.





Doctor Who Experience leaves Cardiff with £1 Million BillBookmark and Share

Friday, 23 February 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Experience Logo - 2014Cardiff council taxpayers have been left with a 1.1 million pound bill following the closure of the Doctor Who Experience, which ran in the city for five years.

The building housing the experience was built by Cardiff City Council, using money from the Welsh Government's Invest to Save Fund, which provides financial support, on a competitive and repayable basis, to public service organisations across Wales. The cost of £2.4 million, was intended to be repaid by receiving a percentage of the exhibition ticket sales. However, it appears that ticket sales were not sufficient for the council to cover its costs, leaving ratepayers to pick up the shortfall.

Councillor Russell Goodway, Cardiff's cabinet member for investment and development, said
In 2011 when the deal was done to subsidise the Doctor Who attraction in order to bring it to Cardiff, the then-administration worked on the basis of ambitious projections for visitor numbers. Unfortunately the projected visitor numbers failed to materialise leaving the shortfall which should have been made up in ticket sales. This has left the council having to make up the £1.1m which will have to be absorbed by the council's budget. We are, however, working on plans for the building with the Welsh Government although nothing has yet been finalised.
The building, next door to the BBC Studios at Cardiff Bay, has been empty since the exhibition closed last September.

A spokeswoman for BBC Worldwide said:
The Doctor Who Experience was enjoyed by fans for five years in Cardiff Bay during its lease with Cardiff Council.The lease ran for its full, five year term and there was no additional loan agreement. We cannot comment on Cardiff Council's own business plan in relation to the site.
Adrian Robson, leader of the Conservative opposition on Cardiff Council said:
I still don't know how we managed to lose over a million pounds on Doctor Who. Somewhere the council and [BBC Worldwide] have not got their projections right for visitor numbers. It's very strange because this is a global brand.
Thanks to Laura Clements




Doctor Who Experience to CloseBookmark and Share

Monday, 7 November 2016 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Worldwide have confirmed that the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff is expected to close next year.

BBC Worldwide told Doctor Who News that the lease for the building that holds the exhibition, which opened in Cardiff in July 2012, will expire next summer.
The Doctor Who Experience has enjoyed a fantastic five-year run in Cardiff Bay but, sadly, our five-year sub-lease from the City of Cardiff Council will come to an end in Summer 2017
The Doctor Experience opened in London in 2011, before moving to a purpose-built building in the Welsh capital. It is currently situated at Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay, near the BBC studios where Doctor Who is made.

The site is leased from Cardiff City Council and currently features sets and costumes from the 54-year history of Doctor Who. It is not known if BBC Worldwide will attempt to open the Experience at a different location.

An online petition has been launched to try to save the Experience, as well as a twitter account.




Doctor Who Experience over the Bank Holiday weekBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff have announced themes and events that will take place over the course of the Bank Holiday week (Saturday 28th May through to Saturday 4th June):

  • The costume worn by new sidekick Bill, as played by Pearl Mackie in the special introduction broadcast in April will be on display for a limited time.
  • The TARDIS memorial for Clara created by Rigsy, seen in the closing moments of Face The Raven, will also be on display.
  • The original Davros prop from his premiere story Genesis of the Daleks has been restored, and is presented with details from visual and model effects designer Mike Tucker who undertook the restoration (including the unearthing of the earliest head casts).
  • Millennium FX will be on-hand to part-transform visitors into Zygons! (31st May/1st June)
  • Visitors are encouraged to cosplay as their favourite companion in order to celebrate the exhibition's Companion Week (and share through social media via @DW_Experience and #BeTheCompanion

For full details visit the Doctor Who Experience website.


Bill's costume at the Doctor Who Experience (Late May Bank Holiday 2016) (Credit: Doctor Who Experience/BBC Worldwide) Clara Memorial TARDIS at the Doctor Who Experience (Late May Bank Holiday 2016) (Credit: Doctor Who Experience/BBC Worldwide) Genesis Davros at the Doctor Who Experience (Late May Bank Holiday 2016) (Credit: Doctor Who Experience/BBC Worldwide)




Targetting 28th AprilBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 April 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
As reported in February, BBC Books are to republish a number of Doctor Who novelisations that were originally part of the Target range.

To tie in with their release on the 28th April, the Cartoon Museum in London is to hold an exhibition featuring original artwork from the range:

An exhibition of original cover artwork to coincide with the reissue of these iconic books. Featuring over 30 pieces, including the covers from six of the new reissues, this is the first time that the artwork has been publicly exhibited. The exhibition will also include over ten covers by Chris Achilleos from The Daleks through to Revenge of the Cybermen, over 15 covers by Andrew Skilleter from Destiny of the Daleks through to The Mark of the Rani and other classic and well-loved original cover artwork such by Roy Knipe, Jeff Cummins, David McAlister and Tony Masero.

The exhibition will run between the 28th April and 11th May.

To celebrate the revived interest in what was an essential part of Doctor Who fan reading in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Telos have announced that they will be re-publishing an updated version of David J Howe and Tim Neal's guide to the entire range, also on the 28th April:

The Target Book (Credit: Telos Publishing)The Target Book
By David J Howe with Tim Neal
Published 28th April 2016

A new edition of the popular and acclaimed guide to the Doctor Who Target paperback range of novelisations. With an additional Appendix covering Audio and the recent BBC reprints of the books.

From 1973 until 1994, the Target Doctor Who paperbacks were a mainstay of the publishing world. From humble beginnings, they grew into a list running to 156 individual titles and selling over 13 million copies world-wide.

This is the definitive guide to the range.

176pp. Large format 22cm x 28cm hardback. Fully illustrated in full colour throughout.
David J Howe told us:
I was always very proud of THE TARGET BOOK - combining a lifetime's love of the books with the artwork and the history of the range - so it's brilliant that we can finally get it back into print again. The issue was always that, as a full colour, large format book, it was expensive to print, so we had to wait for technology to catch up so that it could be printed at a price which worked! I can't wait to see the finished edition!
The book is available to pre-order from the Telos website.


Forbidden Planet in London will also be holding a book signing on the 23rd April between 1:00pm-2:00pm, featuring the authors Terrance Dicks, Eric Saward, and cover illustrator Chris Achilleos.


Meanwhile, as well as their literary form, the Target novelisations continue to be released as audiobooks, read by well-known personalities in the Doctor Who world; coming up in the next few months are Death To The Daleks (written by Terrance Dicks and read by Jon Culshaw), The Invasion (Ian Marter, David Troughton), The King's Demons (Terence Dudley, Mark Strickson), The Claws of Axos (Terrance Dicks) and The Sontaran Experiment (Ian Marter).





Series Nine exhibits arrive at the Doctor Who ExperienceBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff has now been updated to feature props and costumes from the latest series of Doctor Who, shown last year, including the Christmas Special, The Husbands of River Song. Costumes include those worn by the Doctor, Clara, River Song and Ashildr, alongside monsters such as the Mire, Sandmen, the Veil, and Colony Sarff. Displays also include sets such as the Davros Hospital Room and Trap Street.

Davros's Hospital Room, at the Doctor Who Experience (Credit: BBC Worldwide) Davros's Hospital Room, at the Doctor Who Experience (Credit: BBC Worldwide)
Trap Street, at the Doctor Who Experience 2016 (Credit: BBC Worldwide) The Osgood Box, at the Doctor Who Experience 2016 (Credit: BBC Worldwide)

(with thanks to BBC Worldwide)




Surprised Fans at the Doctor Who ExperienceBookmark and Share

Monday, 30 March 2015 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC have released a video clip of Peter Capalid as the Twelfth Doctor, surprising some of his younger fans and answering some of their questions. The event took place at the Doctor Who Experience on Cardiff Bay, to celebrate ten years since the relaunch of Doctor Who.





Doctor Who Wins Cardiff Life AwardsBookmark and Share

Friday, 20 March 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who has won two awards at the Cardiff Life awards.

The Cardiff Life Awards celebrate the very best businesses in the Welsh capital, as chosen by a panel of independent Judges. Any company in Cardiff can nominate its business for free, and the entrants are judged by an independent panel of Cardiff experts.

The Doctor Who Experience has been awarded Best in Leisure & Tourism at the event, beating the other nominees St David’s Hotel & Spa, Celtic Manor Resort, Radisson Blu Hotel and The Cardiff Story. The Doctor Who Experience opened in the city in 2012 and was updated last Autumn in include the Twelfth Doctor.

Meanwhile Real SFX has been awarded the prize as best Creative in the city. Real SFX is the company set up Danny Hargreaves, who has been providing Special Effects for Doctor Who since 2006. The company beat Ongl Design+Make, Hello Starling, Antti Karppinen, Design Management Partnership, Little Cake Cupboard, S3 Advertising and InspireMe, to take the award.

Twelfth Doctor in Five TARDIS Console Rooms. - The Doctor Who Experience - Doctor Who - BBC:
TARDIS ALERT! Check out the Twelfth Doctor in five TARDIS console rooms in the brand new adventure at the Doctor Who Experience, this Easter.





Doctor Who Experience advert to be shown in cinema and on televisionBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
In the run-up to Christmas the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff will be promoted in cinema and television in a new advert featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor:

Some TV and cinema viewers will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in the new Doctor Who Experience TV advert. The advert gives fans and families a sneak preview of some of the adventure visitors will go on. Spoiler Alert - we haven't given too much away but you will see some of the interactive adventure.


Props from this year's Christmas Special, Last Christmas, are also being displayed in the Experience's foyer.


The attraction is closed today (16th December), and between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. It will also be closed on both Mondays and Tuesdays during January.




Doctor Who Experience: set tours extendedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who ExperienceBBC Worldwide have announced that the popular studio set tours, available as part of the Doctor Who Experience, will continue into December.

The tour of the twelfth Doctor's TARDIS set in studio at Roath Lock is due to recommence on the 24th November after a temporary closure due to operational reasons. Originally planned to run to the end of November, the visits will now continue through to the 14th December.

Full details can be found via the Doctor Who Experience website.





TARDIS Set Tours Cancelled From 3rd - 23rd NovemberBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
BBC Worldwide have cancelled a large number of dates for the TARDIS studio set tour at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.

The BBC released a statement in an email sent to customers who had purchased tour tickets for dates in November:
The Doctor Who Experience would like to apologise that due to studio operational reasons we are unable to offer the TARDIS Studio Set Tour from 3rd November – 23rd November. Ticket holders will be contacted by our agent CrowdSurge who will – where possible – exchange dates or arrange refunds. We sincerely apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience this may cause.
CrowdSurge has advised customers:
Please be patient whilst we deal with this issue, we will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible, however due to the volume of customers affected we will be unusually busy. The fastest way to contact us will be via this form and our customer service email address which is support@crowdsurge.com.

The BBC recently released a new video for the Experience which introduces viewers to the Gallifrey Museum, which will form part of the new interactive element of the Experience.




Doctor Who Experience - Reopens October 24thBookmark and Share

Thursday, 2 October 2014 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Worldwide has announced that the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff will reopen on October 24th.

The exhibition closed in August to allow for a regeneration which will see the addition of a new interactive adventure staring Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor.
Follow the Doctor on a spectacular, interactive adventure through time and space. Beginning in the Gallifrey Museum and journeying to the heart of the TARDIS, visitors will have to grapple with a threat which could destroy the universe...
The exclusive adventure has been specially written for the experience by Joseph Lidster (Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures) and directed by Doctor Who director Paul Wilmshurst

The Doctor Who Experience boasts the world's most extensive collection of original Doctor Who props and artefacts. Highlights include a complete collection of the Doctor's iconic costumes from 1963 to the present day, three full TARDIS sets (including the Ninth and Tenth Doctor's console room), 50th anniversary collection of Doctor Who stars handprints and a whole host of costumes from evil monsters to loyal companions.

Tickets will go on general sale from October 7.





Doctor Who Experience to be revampedBookmark and Share

Friday, 13 June 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff is to be rebranded to bring it up to date with the arrival of the Twelfth Doctor this Autumn.

The exhibition will close its doors for six weeks from the 1st September, for the exhibits to be updated to reflect the new Doctor. The current walk through experience, where you step through a crack in time and help the Eleventh Doctor will be replaced by a brand new sequence starring Peter Capaldi.

The current exhibition opened at its current home, next door to the Doctor Who studios, on 20 July 2012, following a successful run in London




Free exhibition to open in Wellington as Symphonic Spectacular arrives in New ZeBookmark and Share

Monday, 17 February 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
A free Doctor Who exhibition is to open in Wellington this week as New Zealand prepares to welcome the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular.

The Spectacular, hosted by Peter Davison, will see the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra perform music from the series during three shows at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington over Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February, with a big screen showing clips from the series while monsters roam the aisles and stage.

And to complement the musical event, an exhibition will be held at Capital E Central in the city. Opening on Friday, Doctor Who: Celebrating 50 Years of Adventures in Space and Time will have a display of original and replica props from the show's history, including the Fourth Doctor's scarf, the First Doctor's cane and a TARDIS. Visitors will also be able to go face to face with a Dalek and knit a section of an extra-long Fourth Doctor-esque scarf that will be created by fans throughout the duration of the display, which is staying in Wellington until Saturday 12th April.

The exhibition is a joint presentation by the New Zealand Festival and BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand, and Capital E director Stuart Grant said:
It's a real honour to host this fantastic exhibition in our new home. We're delighted to partner with our friends at NZ Festival and BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand in celebration of this amazing show's history and, of course, its exciting future.
Following performances in Melbourne and Brisbane in January and February - as well as in Sydney in 2012 - it is the first time the Symphonic Spectacular has been staged in New Zealand, and Helen Pendlebury, the head of live entertainment at BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand, said:
The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular has been wowing audiences in Australia. We are delighted to bring this fantastic show to New Zealand as well as give Kiwi Doctor Who fans the chance to see part of the TV series' history in this fascinating exhibition.
A video promoting the Symphonic Spectacular is available to view: