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Doctor Who Experience Closing in September

Doctor Who Experience

The Doctor Who Experience is closing on the 9th September after a five-year tenure in the Welsh Capital, but it's not all bad news. Filming Location Walking Tours, new props and other items are all set to be part of the final few months of the Doctor Who Experience, starting the 8th July.

The attraction's closure will be marked with a whole summer jam-packed with tours, activities and a number of special events, including the return of the popular Filming Location Walking Tours, starting on 8th July. Taking 75 minutes, it’s a chance to find out more about some of the places where modern Who has been filmed so far.

The Experience team say further news of how Doctor Who filming locations will be used to continue the commercial presence of Doctor Who in Cardiff after the Experience closes will be communicated in due course - see, it's not all bad news (along with the new props to be added before closure).

Series 10 content will also be added into the Experience, with the finished exhibition being 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.

The big addition to the Experience on the 8th July is the returning of the Yeti from the Patrick Troughton story The Web of Fear, restored by Model Unit expert, Mike Tucker - a monster that was voted by fans as the Doctor Who monster they'd most like to see restored as part of the ongoing Restoration Project.

The final Monster Event will be Cybermen themed on the 22nd July, which is no surprise given the major role that they'll be playing in the closing episodes of the current series. The day will be action-packed and will include workshops and question and answer sessions with monster-makers, Millennium FX; a chance for fans to be converted into Cybermen; as well as live Mondasian Cybermen, first seen in the final William Hartnell story The Tenth Planet, roaming the Experience floor. The day will be completed with a viewing of the final two-part episode, World Enough and Time and The Doctor Falls, first screened on BBC One on 24th June and 1st July, screened in the Experience’s exhibition area.

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

Sad news is that there's currently no word yet on whether a replacement Doctor Who exhibition will surface, which campaigners had hoped for. The closure of the Experience was actually announced last year, with the land it currently occupies owned by the Welsh Government and their development partner, Igloo Regeneration, who leased it to Cardiff City Council for five years to enable its relocation from Olympia to Cardiff on a temporary basis.

"It has always been the intention for the site to be developed as part of the ongoing Porth Teigr regeneration project", a spokesperson for Cardiff City Council told Wales Online at the time. "The agreement was always intended to be for five years only, reflecting the nature of the attraction.

"The decision to close the Experience at the end of the lease next summer has been mutually agreed by all parties involved, including the operators BBC Worldwide."

"We did our best, but in the end it just wasn't enough," campaigners against the closure noted on their Facebook page. "I guess the best we can hope for now is someone standing next to Ianto's Shrine in Cardiff Bay selling Doctor Who merchandise from the back of a van..."

While a new Experience-type exhibition might well surface in another city, fans clearly appreciated its current location close to where the shoe is filmed.

"I'm only an hour away but having the option of doing a studio tour or walking tour and visiting the Shrine and Roald Dahl Plas keeps me coming back every year," commented fan Julie Skilton Cunliffe. "Cardiff is the perfect place for it... surely with all the run down industrial areas around, there must be somewhere else to put it."

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