I visited the Doctor Who Experience (DWE) back in March because it had been announced it was closing and I wanted to visit it before it closed. I had been to the Exhibition in Blackpool back in 2004 but apart from that I had never been anywhere that had a collection of Doctor Who costumes and/or sets so I wanted to rectify that with a visit to Cardiff. It was a great few days there and the highlight was visiting the DWE. It’s in an ideal location as its not to far from where they film the show and also its within walking distance of the Ianto Shrine.
As March turned into April and then May, there had been no word about when the DWE was going to close and that gave people (including myself) the impression and hope that the DWE would stay open and then the news came that it would close but that it was going to go out with a bang. I was due a week off from work in mid-July and I was originally going to go to Edinburgh but for boring reasons, I wasn’t able to go and so decided instead to go back to Cardiff and visit the DWE one last time. They had announced that there would be things from Series 10 in the experience and so this was enough for me to book the hotel and train tickets instantly.
When I got there again I did so with a list of things that I wanted to achieve. See when I visited the DWE in March, I took all the pictures on my phone and this proved to be a mistake because the quality of the pictures was either ok or poor. Most of them were blurred which was my mistake but even the good ones weren’t the best. In between March and July, I had found my digital camera and knew I could take better pictures and that was the case. One of the things I wanted to get was a proper picture of Bessie. The March visit led to a blurred picture and I wanted to change that. Thankfully I was able to do that and I took some great pictures including a selfie with a Mondasian Cyberman, the Ice Warrior Empress, an Ice Warrior and the closest I will get to Peter Capaldi.
The DWE is a fantastic place to visit and its a crime that it is closing. If you get the chance to visit it then I advise you do so. Each time that I have walked around there I have been impressed with what there is. Yes its mostly new series stuff but it still an awesome place to visit. When I was looking at the stuff from series 10, I spent a while looking at them thinking how cool it was that just several weeks ago I saw them on TV and now I am within touching distance of them. Obviously I didn’t touch them but being up close to them I was able to appreciate the attention to detail. Until you see them you can appreciate how big the vault doors were and the Fisher King was gigantic.
I hope that the BBC decide that they will open a new exhibition somewhere. I know people would visit (I certainly would). It seems a shame that there will be new (and old) DW fans that don’t have anywhere to visit and see monsters from their favourite TV show up close. I have around 1,200 pictures of things at the DWE and I also recorded a video and I will always have these to remember the best place on earth.
Thankyou DWE, You will be missed.