It's no secret that my friends and I are all pretty big Doctor Who fans, so when Sarah suggested we all go to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff for her birthday, who was I to refuse? I'd already visited here once before with Luke while some Australian friends of ours visited, but that was a very long time ago and so much has happened in the world of Doctor Who since then! The exhibition is actually in a new location from when we visited before and now lives in a purpose built warehouse just next to the bay. The biggest new feature was the actual 'Experience' part, which is a little guided event that happens before you enter the museum. I won't say much about it because of "spoilers, sweetie", but it was very cute!
The museum itself didn't really hold a candle to the old Earls Court exhibition a few years ago, where there were whole areas to walk around dedicated to certain episodes, giant props like the Empress of the Racnoss, and a large greenscreen where you can see yourself 'in' the TARDIS. They did have something similar at the Doctor Who Experience, but it was just a booth and you had to pay for the print. No, thanks.
Afterwards, we went for a wander around Cardiff Bay, and found the shrine to Torchwood's Ianto Jones that fans created in his memory! Sadly my camera died before I got any photos of it, but a quick Google search gives you an impression of what it is! I love that it exists, that fans are genuinely that passionate and dedicated to their fandoms, and that Cardiff City Council hasn't tried to take it away. The BBC even put up a plaque, making the whole thing quite official, though it does include a little note on the bottom explaining who Ianto was to anyone who isn't quite as Who-savvy as the rest of us!
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