The Experience is part-interactive and part-walk-around-museum, and it's built on previous exhibitions such that it is now very impressive, and very well done indeed! I remember the early days of Blackpool and Longleat where the best you got was a video of Tom Baker wishing you well! But these days it's all dry ice and 3D video as you are walked through and immersed in your very own adventure.
I won't say too much lest it spoil it for future visitors, but it's all about an invasion by something called the Crinis, and the 12th Doctor is there on the screen, talking to your guide, and helping you through the various challenges you face. Are there Daleks? Of course there are! Are there Weeping Angels? You betcha! But you come through (mostly) unscathed and enter the main exhibition through a nice pair of junkyard doors with the name I M Foreman written on ...
|An Ice Warrior in the entrance foyer|
Overall everything is really nicely displayed, with one or two larger props present as well as the costumes. The Experience focuses on the current series, so there's lots of Clara's outfits, and items from many of the most recent episodes, like the Mire, Me's outfits, Costumes and props from the 'Under the Lake' and 'Sleep No More' episodes, plus the hooded creature (the Veil) and teleport booth from 'Heaven Sent' ... overall an excellent set of artefacts which covers probably as much of the series as it can.
|The K1 Robot|
On our visit to the Experience, we were in very good company. Frazer Hines, who played Jamie McCrimmon alongside the second Doctor, was with us, and also Paul McGann, the eighth Doctor, popped down to Cardiff to join us on our day out. So we battled the Crinis with them, and then wandered the Exhibition, cooing at all the marvellous items on display. As I said to Paul and Frazer though, what was needed was more Jamie and more eighth Doctor items ... unfortunately there just aren't many of them around to display!
|Paul McGann and Frazer Hines|
We had a simply marvellous time, and even managed to buy some interesting things in the shop at the end (I love a little shop!).
So thanks to the Curator and staff at the Experience for a truly out of this world experience ... and to my fellow travellers: Sam Stone, Amy Windham, Howard Hayes, Ken Deep, James Naughton, Frazer Hines and Paul McGann ... And we hope readers head over to Cardiff to have your very own Doctor Who Experience!
And now ... the pictures ... And for reasons best known to itself, Blogger has put them all in reverse order! And they are all of course (c) me so no pinching!
|A Lego Dalek!|
|A happy group of time travellers ... Don't touch that switch Frazer!|
|Paul and Frazer clown about in Bessie|
|Sam and Paul ... Travellers in Time!|
|But which box?|
|A Doctor will teleport in momentarily ...|
|The Doctor's Confession Dial|
|Something very strange about the face of this|
new series Zygon.
|A Doctor skull|
|The Veil ,,, coming for you|
|The Dalek in which Clara was installed|
|Amy Pond's collection of dolls|
|This is my moment ...|
|Superb recreation of an original Zygon|
|The Special Weapons Dalek|
|Original sixties Yeti, complete with ball|
|Original Ice Warrior|
|'The Two Doctors' style Sontaran|
|Davros as the Emperor Dalek|
|The Face of Boe|
|Just hanging around|
|Outfits for the Paternoster Gang|
|The Doctor's crib|
|I didn't remember this thing from the show but|
apparently it was there!
|Beautiful original console|
|Three TARDISes together ,,,|
|Five Doctors console|
|A display of the Radiophonic Workshop's work on the show.|
|A Menoptra from 'An Adventure in Space and Time'|
|'Five Doctors' console|
|Entering the exhibition|
|A Weeping Angel in the foyer|
|A Smiler booth in the Cafe area|
|Artwork in the cafe area|