Hey! If you're a Whovian, and planning to visit the set of Doctor Who in the next little while, you may want to skip this post because, you know, SPOILERS!
Does everyone else read that word in River Song's voice in your head? I wonder how nice it must be for unWhovians to just read the word spoilers in their own voice. Anyway, on with the show.
It was my birthday the week before last and my darling Dusband decided to take me down to the Doctor Who experience in Cardiff for a treat. He also bought us studio tour tickets as they're not filming again til 1st December, so I've split my post into two, the tardis tour, and then the experience itself and today's the Tardis tour. Or should it be T.A.R.D.I.S. tour. Or should it be the tour of Sexy? (If you just snorted your tea out of your nose, it's fairly likely you're a Whovian)
You start out at the experience building, and then once they've called your name loudly in the group to make sure you're there (and telling the whole building your surname is Hussey), they give you a BBC visitor pass and walk over to the studio, about a 4 minute walk away in the Cardiff Bay BBC studios. They warn you vigorously not to take photos on the way to the studio, but once inside that studio you can go crazy. It's kinda funny really because all you could take photos of on the way is a long, empty, blank corridor...or a peek through into the BBC canteen. I have heard great things of the canteen, so maybe that's the secret?
Anyway, here are the pics of our studio tour.
When you enter the studio, you're immediately confronted with....a plywood shell, the outside of the Tardis set. You gather round on a mish mash of comfy chairs pinched from other productions, all with nicely authentic brown 'prop' hanging labels. They split you into groups of 6 - 8 to go onto the tardis, so while one group goes up into it, the rest of you hang around watching old episodes, taking photos with the couple of Daleks hanging out there, and trying not to laugh at the tour guides fairly pitiful knowledge. Call yourselves fans?!
It's altogether slightly awkward, 20 ish strangers, all hanging around, 2/3 of the time waiting for it to be your turn to go in, with tour guides trying to entertain you. It may have been better if they'd provided an urn and a couple of tea pots, we could have had a cuppa while we waited!
Dus with Ameilia Pond's Dalek. They sport a similar hairstyle.
We did glean one good factoid from the guides of this section, the Dalek for Rose Tyler is much shorter with the Dalek for Amy, because the producers wanted the companions to be able to look them in the 'eye' and Rose was only 5ft 3 compared to Amy's 5ft 8. I'm a midget next to Amelia's Dalek!!
|I promise I was happy to be there, just had a lot of strangers watching us take our pics!!|
There wasn't much of the Tardis we could 'tour', we could just go onto the console platform and around really. I expected the guides to tell us about it as we went on, but he stood around rather awkwardly too while we snapped pics and closed our eyes, pretending we were really companions!
I was more than a little disappointed that our guide called these 'hieroglyphics'. If a man can't recognise the Gallifreyan alphabet, should he even BE in the job, let alone standing on the Tardis?!
Plenty of knobs and whirlers and doodjimajigs for the Doctor to fiddle with.
Under the console. No swing that I could see. Maybe it was packed away for fear we'd all be tempted to have a go!
While we were inside the Tardis, someone outside must have blinked because when we came out, looky what we found....
Coming up, the experience itself!