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Review of "Doctor Who Experience, Cardiff"

published 09/03/2016 | ravingreviewer
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"The name is Who - Doctor Who!"

Not really being a fan of sorts of Doctor Who but still admitting to watching the odd episode or three down the course of the years, I was interested when visiting Cardiff again recently to at least see that there was an experience that allows you to revisit old memories - otherwise known in some circles as a tourist attraction, and is one that indeed is a very popular one as we shall soon see.

Situated in the Tiger Bay area of Cardiff (perhaps better known these days as Cardiff Bay), it is to be found right in the heart of all of the regeneration that has taken place down the last few years in the Welsh capital. And although I do still admit to not really being that much of a fan, I still went in to it with eyes wide open - and was glad in so many ways that I did.

Almost beside the centre is the BBC Cymru studios where some of Doctor Who is still filmed including some of the other areas around it too, but this will be looked at in more detail a little later on in the course of my review.

There are two different forms of ticket to buy in order to get in to the Experience, both of which are detailed below:

Standard ticket.

The most basic form of the two tickets is the one that gets you in to the main Experience building, whereby first off you visit the Gallifrey Museum where you get to the heart of the Tardis. This is an interactive experience which involves Peter Capaldi in an adventure written by Sarah Jane Adventure author Joseph Lidster and Paul Wilmshurst who directed Doctor Who amongst other things.

Following on from this, you get to visit the Exhibition Hall whereby you get to see many of the props; sets, and costumes that have been used down the years - after all, the series has been going for some fifty years or so! Online it does say that tickets are bought and issued according to time slots which have to be adhered to, but as we didn’t know this on arrival and had not bought a ticket at the time we were allowed in there and then - after all, it was the start of March and was not as busy as they thought it was going to be owing to the weather.

The price for this particular part of the experience is as follows (with the prices in brackets being what we paid on the door):

Adult: £14* (£16 on the door)
+ merchandise pack: £32.50* (£37.50 on the door)
Child (5-16 yrs): £9.75* (£11.75 on the door)
+ merchandise pack: £28.25* (£33.25 on the door)
Family £41* (£49 on the door)
+ merchandise pack: £70* (£82 on the door)
Under 5s: Free*

*For all online and telephone bookings the sales agent will usually charge a booking fee per ticket purchased. Booking fees will be £1.25 per ticket for children to £1.60 per ticket for adults and £3.76 for a family ticket and all prices are correct as of 02/12/2015.

The merchandise pack which only my father and brother bought, is as follows (as per the different ticket prices):

Adult Merchandise Package - Official Companion Guide; Exclusive Adult T-Shirt; Official Companion Boxed TARDIS Key; Official Companion Bag; Souvenir Ticket; Gallifrey Certificate; Fabric Wristband.

Children's Merchandise Package - Official Companion Guide; Exclusive Child T-Shirt; TARDIS Bag; Souvenir Ticket; TARDIS Certificate; Fabric Wristband; Button Badge Pack (4 badges).

Family Merchandise Package - 2 x Souvenir Ticket; 2 x Exclusive Child T-shirt; 2 x Official Companion Guide; 2 x TARDIS Certificate; 2 x TARDIS Bag; 2 x Fabric Wristband; 2 x Button Badge pack (4 badges in each pack).

I did ask as a matter of interest about tickets for concessions and groups, and I was informed that further details are on their website - as each group has different needs, they don’t tell just anyone who asks them for further information but rather direct them to this. But I will say that the centre is accessible for those with disabilities as there were some there when we visited, but again I would recommend going to their website or even indeed calling them for more details.

Special tickets.

These not only give people the chance to experience what we did as detailed above, but also further experiences too. This includes a Walking Tour that visits many of the filming locations in and around the Bay, and a tour of the actual set that hosts the Tardis - including being able to go inside it.

However as these tickets are only available on certain days during the course of the year and these dates are not widely published as such, I would again strongly recommend contacting them directly for further details.

Further information.

On site, there is also the official Doctor Who shop that sells a wide range of gifts and memorabilia - I cannot really comment on just what there is for sale here as it was not something that I looked around, after having already spent enough money on getting in to it in the first place!

The centre is open from ten o’clock in the morning until five o’clock in the afternoon - it is not open on Tuesdays during school term times, but it is open seven days a week when the school are out - the only exceptions are Christmas Eve/ Christmas Day/ Boxing Day, and limited on New Years Day. As well as this the shop is also open during the same hours, and on the same days as the main centre in itself.

Parking wise there was a small car park on site which is free to use (but is only for use by those visiting the actual centre in itself), or there is public pay and display parking on the main streets that lead up to it. There are also regular bus services that run to the area, and a local inner city train route also runs fairly close by too.

On site there is also a small café, but we didn’t make use of this as there are also various many other restaurants or cafes in and around the Bay.

Contact details for the centre are as follows:

Discovery Quay
Porth Teigr
Cardiff Bay
CF10 4GA

0844 801 2279

Final thoughts.

I was glad to have had the opportunity to put aside any pre conceived thoughts that I had about Doctor Who and went to visit this particular venue, as it was a thoroughly enjoyable time for all of us who went. It is interesting to see behind the scenes of any television programme, and especially one that is by no means as popular as this one. And so therefore it leaves me with no other alternative but to recommend it to you, even if it is somewhat on the more expensive side for some people. But with this in mind, it is of course worth it as you will get so much more out of it in the long run.

Thanks for reading!

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  • justarube published 21/11/2016
    Nice review
  • danielclark691 published 06/11/2016
    well covered
  • mikemelmak published 21/03/2016
    I just get the spinning blue circle - I've tried several times and waited but I can't uprate!
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City: Cardiff


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