Matt Smith has his hands cast for the Doctor Who Experience

Will the Experience Win Tourism Award?

Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience is a finalist at the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2013 in the Regional Tourism Award category.

It faces competition from tourist businesses from across Wales, including the Welsh Whiskey Company, the National Showcaves Centre for Wales, and the Llwyn Helyg Country House.

The tourist attraction, located next to the BBC Wales studios in Cardiff Bay, opened last year in a specially-built centre that’s quite possibly bigger on the inside. The Experience includes an interactive tour in which you help out the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, followed by a free-flow exhibition with original props, costumes and sets.

The site recently added the facsimile First Doctor console made for the biopic, An Adventure in Space and Time, alongside the Ninth and Tenth Doctors’ console room, the make-shirt TARDIS from 2011’s The Doctor’s Wife, the Silence’s TARDIS and the Fifth/Sixth/Seventh Doctor’s console.

There’s also a Cyberman timeline, and a display showing the evolution of the Daleks – then there’s Skaldak and a restored Ice Warrior costume from 1967; the Great Intelligence; Weeping Angels; the Doctor’s crib; K9 – – and loads more! It’s a Whovian’s dream.

Props from The Snowmen on display at the Doctor Who Experience

The National Tourism Awards for Wales 2013 ceremony and dinner takes place just two days before Doctor Who’s big Five-Oh celebration in November – so here’s hoping for great news to kick off the party!

(Thanks to The Doctor Who Site.)


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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