BBC Worldwide has finally confirmed that the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff will close for the final time on Saturday 9th September 2017.

After much speculation BBC Worldwide have officially confirmed that the Doctor Who Experience will be open throughout the summer holidays and close in September 2017. To mark the closure of the attraction after five years a number of special events are being planned.

Doctor Who S10 - Bill (PEARL MACKIE), The Doctor (PETER CAPALDI), Nardole (MATT LUCAS) - (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide/Shutterstock - Photographer: Des Willie
Doctor Who S10 – Bill (PEARL MACKIE), The Doctor (PETER CAPALDI), Nardole (MATT LUCAS) – (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide/Shutterstock – Photographer: Des Willie

Series 10 displays

Series 10 content will be added into the Experience, with the finished exhibition unveiled on the 8th July. This will include props, costumes and sets from Series 10, that will join the Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie costumes which are already part of the exhibition. Fans will there have the opportunity to see the very latest costumes and props from the show before the Experience closes.

Filming Location Walking Tours

The summer holidays also mark the return of the Filming Location Walking Tours. This final season of tours, starting from the 8th July, involve a 75 minute walk across Cardiff Bay. Sites from Series 10 will be visited as well as other memorable locations from previous years, providing visitors with a final opportunity to venture on the only official Doctor Who location tour in the world.

Yeti at the Doctor Who Experience, Cardiff. Photographer: Bedwyr Gullidge

Yeti Restoration

Earlier this year the Yeti from Patrick Troughton story ‘The Web of Fear’ was voted by fans as the Doctor Who monster they’d most like to see restored. To celebrate completion of the project, Mike Tucker of The Model Unit will be on hand on the 8th July to reveal the final, renovated monster in all its glory to visitors. Mike Tucker will likely also be making presentations throughout the day to discuss the restoration of this classic monster from the 1960’s.

Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 11 - Mondasian Cybermen © BBC
Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 11 – Mondasian Cybermen © BBC

Monster Event

On 22nd July, the Experience will host a final Monster Event with a Cybermen theme. The day will include workshops and Q&A sessions with monster-makers, Millennium FX; a chance for fans to be converted into Cybermen; as well as live Mondasian Cybermen roaming the Experience floor. This does at least make up for the special 50th anniversary of the Cybermen event which was due last Autumn but never actually materialised. The day will be completed with a viewing of the final two-part episode, first screened on BBC One on 24th June & 1st July, screened in the Experience’s exhibition area.

Cosplay event

Finally on the 5th August, fans can look forward to the biggest Doctor Who Experience Cosplay Celebration yet. Fans will be invited and encouraged to visit dressed as their favourite Doctor Who character or monster.

BBC Worldwide also stated that:

Fans should keep an eye on doctorwhoexperience.com for news of additional events and features in the final weeks of the Experience. News of how we are planning further ways of taking Doctor Who directly to our audience, and how we are using the filming locations to continue the commercial presence of Doctor Who in Cardiff, will be communicated in due course.

Tickets for the final months will be available from midday Friday 16th June. Further ticket and event information is available from doctorwhoexperience.com

6 COMMENTS

  1. What’s happening to all the props etc? Is there going to be a charity auction or similar? Don’t throw out these priceless items!

  2. Utterly nuts to close it. When we visited (from Australia) there were others there from as far afield as USA. It’s very difficult to buy DW memorabilia. The BBC is loosing so much revenue with this short sighted MO

  3. So sad it’s closing, children and I have been going every year since it opened, hope it reopens somewhere else soon.

  4. The cost of maintaining that exhibition centre is huge.
    And, frankly, it’s not the big draw it once was.
    They may take some of the exhibits on a national tour. Its cheaper to take a show like that on tour when footfall drops at the base location.
    By going to regional venues, people who couldn’t afford the cost of a family weekend in Wales will turn up in droves at a local venue.

    If that worked it may even suggest an international tour, but I doubt it.

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