We had discussed traveling to the U.K and see some friends for quite some time, so this was a perfect opportunity. So, we flew into London stayed with some friends for a few days, then traveled to Wales via train, where the Doctor Who Experience is located in Cardiff.
We had anticipated that Wales would be wet and grey during our trip. However, Cardiff was lovely. The weather couldn't have been any better....mid-to-high 60 deg F with beautiful skies.
Did you know that Cardiff is a big sports-oriented town? Neither did I, but there were a lot of sports themed stores, art, and banners around.
We visited the Doctor Who Experience (DWE) and spent a good 3-4 hours there.
Despite it being geared towards kids, I enjoyed it...and the huge room full of Daleks and graveyard full of Angels was a tad bit scary and creepy.
The second half of the DWE is a museum of many of the props and costumes from the show ---from the aliens, to many of the companions, to the Doctors themselves, and the different TARDIS consoles. This museum is where we spent a great deal of time.
The Face of Bo
Did I forget something??
Just a few different props
And more aliens
Not to mention a K-9. (Not the original...we saw that one at GallifreyOne, but this one is just a replica.)
And so many TARDI! They had a few from different eras.
And their consoles.
I ended up taking a lot of reference photos of various costumes from the set. (I'll see about posting the others later.)
The one nice thing about the exhibit is that you could really get up close and personal with a lot of the costumes and props. They asked you not to touch anything (totally reasonable), but many things were out in the open where you could seriously inspect types of fabric, accessory choices, etc., without having to second guess through glass.
The whole thing was amazing and we had a blast. We eventually left because we really needed to get food after 4 hours! We heard that the lease might be extended, so we'll wait and see! We'd definitely go again, if just to do more research!
Afterwards, we visited Cardiff and, of course, the location for Torchwood.
No, we aren't geeks, why do you ask?
We also visited Ianto's shrine on the Cardiff pier.
Because that's the way we roll. :-)
We did do a lot more than just travel to a few geek meccas. We visited parts of Cardiff, spent time around London, and visited Scotland, as well a local yarn shop and some geek areas, but that's another post for another time.