Posted by the Doctor Who Facebook Page.
The space opens July 20th. Visit the Doctor Who Experience site for more info.
via the Doctor Who Facebook page: The Experience will be opening the doors to its distinctive new home in Cardiff Bay on 20th July! Tickets available to purchase on 14th June!
The attraction, which features sets, props and memorabilia from the BBC series, closed in London in February to make way for its move to Cardiff Bay.
The new 3,000 sq m building is at Porth Teigr, next door to the BBC’s Roath Lock studios, where Doctor Who, Casualty and Pobol y Cwm are produced.
The exhibition is expected to attract up to 250,000 visitors a year.
The internal fitting of the building will take place over the coming weeks.
My exhibition of the year so far? The Doctor Who Experience at London’s Olympia, naturally – and if you have not yet seen it, may I urge you to go before it closes.
Art exhibitions are certainly put into perspective by the responses this multisensory extravaganza gets from visitors. I mean, people paid a lot of attention to Leonardo da Vinci's paintings at the National Gallery, but how many actually dressed up as Leonardo? And how many teenaged David Hockneys did you see going around A Bigger Picture at the Royal Academy?
At the Doctor Who Experience, ordinary visitors rub shoulders with super fans who have spent hours on clothes and makeup to look like Matt Smith, David Tennant, or Karen Gillan. They are very impressive, as are the whirring Tardis control room where children can help pilot the Doctor’s ship, the tunnel haunted by Weeping Angels, and the thrill of being held prisoner by the Daleks.
I would much rather parents took their children to this exhibition than to displays of the latest contemporary art. Doctor Who is imaginative and demands attention; it has a way of enriching rather than simplifying the experience of people young and old. It ramifies. This is why it works so engagingly as an exhibition – in the 1970s and now. And if you’re not in the family-fun business … go anyway. Just don’t hog the Tardis controls.
read the rest at Jonathan Jones’ OnArt blog at guardian.co.uk
Matt Smith (not that one) proposed to his long-standing girlfriend at the Doctor Who Experience in London. The marriage offer, which Matt had been planning for weeks (with some help from BBC Worldwide), came as a complete surprise to his girlfriend who was under the impression she was visiting the capital for a shopping trip.
The Doctor Who Experience at London’s Olympia, a walk through exhibition where the Doctor takes you on a spectacular adventure though time and space, has already been enjoyed by over 200,000 fans both young and old, and was chosen by Matt as the perfect setting for his proposal to girlfriend and avid Doctor Who fan, Stacie-Anne Dilkes, 23. The attraction is in the final three weeks of its year-long London run.
Matt, 22,from Rochford, Essex coincidentally shares the same name with the star of the globally successful BBC TV series and even chose to dress in a tweed jacket and bow tie for the occasion, the standard uniform of the Eleventh Timelord. He stunned his wife-to-be by pretending to be an exhibit in a section of the Experience which hosts original props, costumes and monsters from almost 50 years of the programme – before bending down on one knee and asking for her hand in marriage. And happily, she said YES!
Matt Smith, who plays the real Doctor, instead of protesting at this apparent, albeit brief identity theft, was also in on the surprise and sent a personal message of congratulations to the happy couple, commenting:
“Matt Smith proposing to his girlfriend! Firstly, being a Smith means phone calls to the bank take so much longer - there are so many Smiths!! But I bet none of them have proposed at the Doctor Who Experience! Amy and Rory would be proud. Next - babies in the TARDIS…? Congratulations to you both and many years of happiness. Love, Matt.”
'Doctor Who' monsters have invaded London.
The creepy Peg Dolls - which appeared in the episode ‘Night Terrors’ - were spotted at Brook Green Children’s Playground in the capital yesterday (19.10.11) eerily riding on the seesaw in the middle of the night.
The monsters stopped off at the playground on their way to their new home at the ‘Doctor Who Experience’ at London’s Olympia where they will be joining the Time Lord’s other adversaries in the exhibition section of the attraction in time for half-term week and Halloween weekend.
'Doctor Who' fans can get be taught how to “walk like a monster” by the BBC show's choreographer Ailsa Berk on Friday October 28, and entry is free for children dressed as a character from the series accompanied by a paying adult.
Various pictures from The Doctor Who Experience in London.
Matt Smith & Matt Smith (The Doctor)
Not from ‘The Rebel Flesh’