|Fezes, sonic screwdrivers and excited|
We were roughly aware that the opening would be about half eleven, so myself and @BBC_Fangirl pottered along towards the Bay to see who would be cutting the red ribbon - would it be Matt Smith? Moffat? Unfortunately our timings didn't quite work out so we didn't get to see three children dressed up as the Doctor, a Dalek and Amy Pond open this highly anticipated event.
|Coming to a photo studio near you!|
However, we did get to watch a yellow, 'fat' dalek, a Silence, a Silurian and a Cyberman mill around in front of a gigantic crowd of people alternatively posing for photos with little kids in fezes and grown men with sonic screwdrivers (it really was a day for everyone!) to moving around menacingly.
The dalek turns to face me:
|The new studios in Roath Lock|
|View from the stairs|
Inside the Experience:
Was another queue, but we weren't really looking at that. They had painted gorgeous murals of Doctor Who villains on most of the walls, it looked amazing!
The Sontaran/Silence/Ood wall:
The Dalek/Cybermen wall:
The Weeping Angels wall:
[Please note that below is quite a detailed description of the Experience, and I wouldn't recommend reading it if you hope to visit shortly. It's more fun not knowing!]
You begin in a little dark room with a couple of benches, watching a giant screen. A compilation of clips from the Matt Smith years play, netting together a sense of 'wow and cool!' but also - sadly, and possibly only for me - a little bit of 'is this starting soon?'. At this point I was a little worried that they would only be showing clips and was a bit disappointed because it did feel a bit 'YouTube Doctor Who clip mash up'. Luckily my fears were soon alleviated. The image of the crack in Amy's wall rotated 180 degrees and then the screen split in two along the crack and we bounced inside!
|The coral Tardis looked beautiful|
in the Exhibition
On we went, crowded around the console, (although bars keep you from being able to touch the actual machinery) and The Doctor hurled instructions at us, with the children all operating different panels to 'make her go.' The hydraulics started up and although it wasn't 'throwing yourself to the floor' strength they were fun and did add to the whole impression. Once we'd landed we ventured out into a mysterious darkened corridor.
|Silurians roamed amongst|
@WeWinGracie91 was absolutely awesome as an Experience host and really made the tour enjoyable for me.
Then the shoppers that had been on this fun adventure of jumpy moments and heart-bouncing dialogue went on to do what we do best - browse and wish we could take everything home with us.
|Argh, that Slitheen's amazing!|
It was hard to know where to start! Do you run straight to the coral Tardis with a cry of 'I don't want to go!' (we didn't. You could have locked us up in there happily. Sleep in a dalek, munch at the cafe and loving a little shop once we'd finished going 'argh, that Slitheen's amazing!'
Some exhibits I really liked:
The collection of daleks (and the one you could operate upstairs!):
The costumes of each Doctor:
The Doctor's crib:
Idris' dress and tardis:
The Silence and their tardis:
The 'how to make an Ood':
The collection of sonic screwdrivers:
Face of Boe:
River Song and Astrid's costumes:
It was also fantastic to see monsters walking around the Exhibition. My boyfriend was strangled by a Cyberman (it didn't take to being kissed by him!) and a Silurian terrified me!
Video of the Silence in the Exhibition:
Overall it was an amazing day. I'll certainly be finding anybody that hasn't been and using them as an excuse to visit again and again!
Doctor Who Experience
@alun_vega's photos and article for Blogtor Who
@willbrooks1989's article for Doctor Who Online