With the Easter holidays just around the corner tourists from all over the world will be flocking to the Doctor Who Exhibition in Olympia, London generating a healthy revenue stream for BBC Worldwide and the surrounding area.
While the revenue for the soon to be closed Doctor Who Exhibition at the Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay will still be spooling into BBC Worldwide’s account, one place it won’t be helping to improve the economy is the area now most synonymous with Doctor Who: Cardiff.
This Sunday sees the exhibition open its doors for the last time – to be replaced in 2012 with a new Doctor Who Exhibition at a different site.
The year long gap between competing exhibitions means that the Cardiff Bay area will lose out on thousands of pounds in tourists money. The site has drawn more than half a million visitors since it opened in 2006.
One person not taking this lightly is Graham Jones, who currently runs the Doctor Who display at Cardiff:
â€œIf you want to see wee kidsÂ crying then you ought to comeÂ down to the Red Dragon this Easter because they will comeÂ down here to an empty shell.â€
Graham is aghast at the BBC’s decision to close the centre during one ofÂ itsÂ busiest periods:
“We thought that they wouldÂ have respect and regard forÂ their fans…It does seem that this decisionÂ has been made in a way that isÂ not very compassionate towards Cardiff.â€
A BBC Worldwide spokesmanÂ said:
â€œWe announced the consolidation of our three mainÂ Doctor Who exhibitions in theÂ UK last September, includingÂ plans to close the Cardiff attraction this coming weekend.
Weâ€™re delighted that our relationship with the home of theÂ show will continue as we planÂ to bring the Doctor Who Experience to Cardiff in 2012 at aÂ new site.â€
What do you think of the closure? Did anyone have plans to go to the Cardiff Bay Exhibition over Easter?