Cardiff was chilly and breezy when we arrived for our tour of the BBC set of Doctor Who and the Doctor Who Experience. The overcast sky reminded me that I was in fact and without a doubt in Wales.
Cardiff is lovely, with lots of character and very friendly locals.
We found this in front of a costume shop…
…and for my Lego loving friends: a Dalek made from bajillionz of Legos.
Some Whovian sites around Cardiff:
…the building where River Song fell backward into the TARDIS swimming pool after running from the FBI and The Silence…
…the police department doors and the church where Sally Sparrow encountered the Weeping Angles… (“Life is short and you are hot.”)
…and Torchwood Tower, completely defiled by giant strawberries for a local festival.
Things I didn’t get snaps of: loads of stairs used for The Master’s speeches, the weird building where Amy got chased in the Girl Who Waited, the cafe where The Doctor and Clara had coffee, the cafe where The Doctor, Rose, and Mickey ate lunch and read the newspapers, and lots of “running” spots, where the Doctor was running or Cybermen marched. and the spot where Matt Smith carried the Olympic torch. We were told the Amy and Rory’s house was nearby, but people actually live there, so it wasn’t part of the tour.
(Not gonna lie…I thought about stalking it…)
…and then we saw the TARDIS. The real one that they use for the show.
I was absolutely squirmy with happiness! We didn’t get to stay long and we were ushered around by lots of escorts to make sure we didn’t wander off around the studios. (Sadly, neither The Doctors nor Sherlock were to be seen.)
Then it was on to the Doctor Who Experience.
…River Song’s shoes!!
(Say it with me:: “spoilers!”)
…and previous TARDIS awesomeness…
…and then upstairs, there were more goodies to see…
…The Face of Bo has seen better days…
…and I’m sure this is Matt Smith’s favorite…
There was the inevitable gift shop at the end of the scenery. We didn’t buy anything because we have a really strict weight limit on our baggage, but really, they didn’t have anything that you can’t find online. The BBC has an online shop with loads of stuff, plus Amazon has Doctor Who goodies. Also, Etsy sports some sweet Whovian swag, too.
We started the day with £1 bacon sandwiches, had some Doctor Who fun, and ended the day with a train ride to the home of a dear friend. It was a truly wonderfully fun day. 🙂
If you get the chance, visit Cardiff. The locals are super nice and you might turn a corner and bump into a film crew… Awesome!!
(Epilogue: here are some photos of a shrine which should yank at the heart strings of Torchwood fans…)
We were told that the locals are really happy that they have shows to sport and they’re supportive of the minor inconveniences that sometime cramp traffic. …awesome!!