Sunday, 17 September 2017

Saying farewell to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff

I am a massive Whovian! I have been for years. The first time I can remember watching Doctor Who was when I was 7 years of age, not long after I moved to England from Canada. I was watching an old episode with my nan whilst my mum was at work. It was from the Tom Baker era and I instantly became obsessed with the show and all things time travel. 

Back in 2005 when the show came back to our screens, I can remember both my mum and I being really excited to watch it together. She told me she used to hide behind the sofa when the Daleks were on the TV! We watched the first three episodes together throughout March and April but sadly she died before the fourth episode aired. I know she would have loved it though. The rest of the series and the subsequent years of David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. 

I have been visiting Cardiff since 2007 when I made friends with a fellow Doctor Who enthusiast, Emma, who went on to become one of my closest friends. I would go visit her and we would sneakily watch Doctor Who being filmed in the Cardiff streets early hours of the morning as well as visiting the Doctor Who museum in the Red dragon Centre. It was great fun. Then in July 2012, the Doctor Who Experience opened in Cardiff Bay! It quickly became one of my favourite places to go. With props, costumes, sets and more, it was heaven for Whovians. 

Here's a quick little trip down memory lane of all the Doctor Who exhibits, museums and experiences I have visited!

So imagine my upset and dismay when it was revealed the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay would be closing its doors for good in September 2017. I couldn't let is close without visiting one last time. Tim and I had booked the week off and planned a trip to Wales. We firstly visited my good friend Hollie's Feline Good Cat Cafe and booked tickets for one last trip to the TARDIS. 

It was so good to see it again. There was an air of sadness as we had visited the day before it shut and it was packed with fans all wanting to say farewell to the experience. The staff were, as usual, super friendly and enthusiastic and the exhibition was full of new things since I last visited. 

I've actually got a Doctor Who themed tattoo on my wrist. Writing in Gallifreyan (the ancient language of the Time Lords of course). It appeared that the TARDIS was reading it and conversing with me.

All in all, it was an enjoyable but bittersweet day. I had really enjoyed seeing all of the exhibits have a picture on the green screen, see all of the sets and enjoy the fun crystal hunt, it was amazing to go as it always is, but sad to know I'll never go there again. There are humous it may relocate and open up somewhere else (possibly Manchester or so I've heard). But that odd shaped looking building on Cardiff Bay will no longer be the Doctor Who Experience I have come to know and love. It was somewhere I will always have very fond memories over the years and for that I am very grateful. Times I will look back on and smile. 

"It's the end... but the moment has been prepared for" - The Fourth Doctor
"I don't want to go..." - The Tenth Doctor 

Britt xo

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