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Questions Over “Experience” Funding

A storm in a teacup is brewing in South Wales – or it will be if Wales Online have their way!

It seems right now that there is a concerted anti-Doctor Who vibe echoing around the mainstream media, with this latest piece from the Mirror Group-owned website which supposedly services the interests of Cardiff and South Wales criticising what is – comparatively speaking – a small amount of money concerning the migration of the Doctor Who Experience from Earl’s Court in London to a site in Wales.

The regional website is reporting that over £50,000 of tax payers money is being used to take the project forward and establish “commercial agreement” with BBC Worldwide. According to a Council spokesman:

“The council is progressing the feasibility of a commercial agreement to house the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who Experience on a site at Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay.

“The principle of the deal is for all the council’s costs to be covered by income generated by the scheme.

“Feasibility costs are between £50,000 and £60,000 but projections show that the Doctor Who Experience could bring in around £13m per year to the city’s economy. The Doctor Who Experience would attract 40,000 new overnight tourists each year, worth some £7m per annum, and will support over 200 full time equivalent jobs in the city each year.”

In Kasterborous’ long experience of local government, £50,000 is a drop in the ocean. The figures in the quote above speak for themselves.

Exactly why is this being made into an issue, given the massive benefits that the even will bring to South Wales?



A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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