Hi there and welcome back, this is your fellow geek correspondent Jac with this week’s Geek in a Week! This week i’ll be sadly looking at the end of the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, recalling my visits over the years and a little history of the different museums throughout the ages. But first of all here’s a quick update from the last Geek in a Week;
This week’s headline news: Previous Hellboy release date false, no official release date yet.
Yes it seems that Lionsgate has not actually announced an official release date for their upcoming Hellboy reboot, as it is falsely leaked that it would be released on 11th January 2019. So as of right now we are totally in the dark, but hopefully it won’t be too long, as we already have our first image of David Harbour as the big red himself. Anyway without further ado, it’s the end but the moment has been prepared for…
On 9th September 2017, after 5 years of time travelling adventures The Doctor Who Experience closed for the final time to the public. The experience was located on Discovery Quay in Port Teigr in Cardiff which showcased the best costumes, props and set pieces used in the recent Doctor Who series. The Experience was just the tip of the iceberg, as there plenty of Doctor Who references and filming locations scattered throughout the area. From the millennium Centre which featured in the series 1 episode 11 episode “Boom Town” and used for many different interior shots since then. Outside is the fountain which doubled as the location for the rift which debuted in the same episode and heavily featured in the spin-off series “Torchwood”. Speaking of Torchwood, on the bay of the city where the entrance to the base was located, lies the Ianto Memorial, a dedication to a fan favourite character Ianto Jones which died in the 3rd series “Torchwood: Children of Earth” and is still there to this day. Most impressively though is the location of the Experience it’self, as it is literally next to the Roath Block Studios where they filmed the series and used to house exclusive tours of the current Tardis Console. The current Experience was just absolute fantastic day out, especially for any Doctor Who fan as there is plenty to see, but it wasn’t always this large.
A history through space and time…
There have been many different museums and exhibitions over the years, the most famous ones located at Longleat, Blackpool and Cornwall, all before it’s home at Cardiff Bay. I have been very blessed to visit the experience many times so here are a few slideshows of my last visit in 2015 with a university trip. Fortunately I was unable to attend the final visit to the Experience, therefore missing out all the new additions from series 9 & 10. Seeing all the costumes, props and concept art is one of the reasons I studied Product Design and one day hope to work on Doctor Who (if it’s still around).
The exhibition starts off through a tour of the Gallifrey Museum, flying the Tardis, battle the Daleks and the Weeping Angels and facing the Pandorica all while collecting time crystals. Sadly no photos or videos are allowed during this 20 min segment, but after that the exhibition is open for everyone to enjoy, here are a few of my highlights;
Why is it closed?
To put it simply, the building that the Experience used to reside in was on loan from Cardiff City council in 2012, and contracted a sub-lease for 5 years. Fast forward to 2017 and unfortunately the lease is over. It’s a real shame that the lease couldn’t be extended, as the show and exhibition has grown so much in the past five years, and I couldn’t wait to return to see the new props, costumes and set pieces in the future. Sadly it was not meant to be.
So what happens now?
Everything Doctor Who inside the experience related belongs to the BBC, and therefore will likely be kept by the and safely put into storage. Everything was screen used and cost could up to hundreds of thousands of pounds so it will definitely not get destroyed. There have been rumours of a new museum that could be opened but this has not been confirmed. There have been many different Doctor Who museums, exhibitions and experiences that have opened and closed since the show aired 50 years ago. All we know is that this will not be the end.
“There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea is asleep and the rivers dream; people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice, and somewhere else the tea is getting cold. Come on, Ace, we’ve got work to do.” (Doctor Who- Survival, 1989)
A huge thank you to everyone involved with running the Experience over the years and the BBC itself to allowing us to see everything involved with the time travelling phenomenon. Thank you, until we meet again.
That’s all to report for now, but come back on Friday for your regular weekly news, as i’ll be looking at the premiere of season 4 of Gotham, as well as a visit to the casting corner and more promos and as always more geek and nerdy news and more awesome updates!
Until then this is Jac, signing out.