As previously reported, work is proceeding to allow the Doctor Who Experience to migrate from London’s Olympia to Cardiff in 2012, with planning permission sought by Cardiff Council for the construction of a 3000 sq metre building in Porth Teigr that will become the exhibition’s long-term home.
Working in partnership with BBC Worldwide, the Council aims to have the event open in Spring 2012, and in addition to submitting a planning application, ground investigations are underway to establish substructure costs.
BBC Worldwide announced back in September 2010 that the attraction would be relocated to Cardiff during 2012, probably in order for the current venue to deal with Olympic-related activities. The Doctor Who Experience consolidates previous Doctor Who exhibitions, including the closure of the former Doctor Who Exhibition in Cardiff’s Red Dragon Centre in March 2011.
Philip Murphy, Managing Director for Live Events at BBC Worldwide commented:
“The Doctor Who Experience opened to tremendous critical and customer reviews. Having a long-term home in a purpose-built facility in Cardiff will enable us to develop the Experience even further as the premier fan destination for Doctor Who. We’ve worked very closely with Cardiff Council to bring the Experience to Cardiff, and we believe that it will draw fans to the Welsh capital from around the world”.
Meanwhile Councillor Rodney Berman is Leader of Cardiff Council.
“Cardiff is proud of being the home of Doctor Who which has undoubtedly helped raise the profile of the city. The new Doctor Who Experience coming to Cardiff Bay is a very exciting proposition and one that fans of the show are greatly looking forward to. This promises to be a great new attraction for the city with the added bonus of people being able to visit the Doctor Who Experience right next door to where the series is filmed.”
Don’t forget that the move isnt until 2012 – the Doctor Who Experience remains open at Olympia Two in London and tickets are currently available to book there through to 20th November 2011. If you haven’t been yet, cast your eyes over our recent review of the attraction.