The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay opens on July 20 and is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to Cardiff over the next five years. Until then… according to Standard.co.uk, there is an invasion of Doctor Who monsters on loose in Cardiff: villains from hit sci-fi show Doctor Who went on the rampage a few days ago, in the morning, frightening young and old alike at a range of places throughout the Welsh capital.
After “escaping” from the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay, due to open next month, a Dalek, Cyberman, Scarecrow and Silent made their way to the city centre in time to greet commuters at Cardiff Central Station.
As The Guardian announces,Â Charlie Brooker, Steven Moffat and Ruth Jones will be among the speakers at this year’sÂ MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television FestivalÂ where the MacTaggart lecture will be delivered by Elisabeth Murdoch. The article also says that the opening episode of the seventh seriesÂ of Doctor Who is to be screened during that event (it will happen 23-25th August 2012).
Doctor Who TV says thatÂ a BBC broadcast shortly after (of the first episode of Doctor Who series 7) seems likely.
Last year,Â Letâ€™s Kill HitlerÂ was shown at the same festival on 26th August. The episode premiered on BBC1 the next day. If the same thing were to happen this year, then we could be looking atÂ Saturday 25th August, which is a bank holiday weekend.
An event that’s already in progress is the Doctor Who experience. I found about it on Facebook events and it’s an interesting one. The period of the event is from 6th of November 2011, 15:00 until 22nd of February 2012, its location is London Olympia Two.
The description of the event is:
STEP INTO THE TARDIS AND BE PART OF THE ADVENTUREâ€¦
The Doctor Who Experience promises to be an unmissable adventure featuring an exhilarating and unique walk-through experience and an awe-inspiring exhibition.
Visitors will be invited to step through a crack in time toÂ become the Doctorâ€™s companion on an adventure. Their challenge will be to reunite the Doctor with the TARDIS whilst fending off threats from a Dalek spaceship and Weeping Angels along the way, before exploring the wonders of Doctor Who at an out of this world exhibition.
The Doctor Who multi-sensory Experience is packed withÂ amazing special effectsÂ and exclusive filmingÂ with Matt SmithÂ and it’s fun for all (family and fansalike). You are invited to join the Doctor on anÂ interactive journeyÂ that takes you on aÂ spectacular adventureÂ through time and space.Â FlyÂ a recreation ofÂ the Matt Smith TARDISÂ and come face-to-face with some of the scariest monsters ever seen on screen includingÂ Daleks, Cybermen,Weeping AngelsÂ andÂ Sontarans.
TheÂ Wooden KingÂ andÂ QueenÂ from this yearâ€™sÂ Christmas special The Doctor, The Widow and the WardrobeÂ have escaped their doomed rainforest and can now be seen at theÂ Doctor Who Experience.
One of the events I found out about on Facebook is the next official Doctor Who convention that’s going to happen soon this year: Â from 24th of march 2012, 09:00 until 25th of march 2012, 09:00 at The MillenniumÂ Centre, Cardiff.
The Official Doctor Who Convention is the ultimate event for Doctor Who enthusiasts. With unparalleled access to the cast and crew, this event offers fans a one-off chance to immerse themselves behind the scenes of the worldâ€™s longest running sci-fi show.
No other DoctorÂ Who event gets you closer. Delve, as never before, into the creative minds behind the hit TV show, with unique opportunities to witness experts demonstrate how the special effects and prosthetics have created some of the iconic scenes and characters. Interactive panel discussions with cast and crew, photo and autograph sessions and a show case of official costumes and props, will give every true fan the chance to celebrate and share their passion for all things Doctor Who.
Already confirmed are Matt Smith and Steven Moffat, with more special guests to be announced in the coming weeks!
Crew members also appearing:
Barnaby Edwards â€“ Dalek Operator, Danny Hargreaves – SFX Supervisor, Michael Pickwoad â€“ Production Designer, Gary Russell â€“ former Script Editor and Marcus Wilson â€“ Producer. More cast members to be announced very soon!
Your ticket includes:
Interactive Q&A panel discussions with the cast and crew
Prosthetics & special effects demonstrations
Official props and costume displays
Official merchandise & collectables
The Official Doctor Who Convention is a one day Convention, whereby the programme of events is the same for Saturday and Sunday. Visitors are therefore encouraged to choose which day they would like to attend.
Tickets are strictly limited to this brand new event and include unique Official Doctor Who Convention 2012 merchandise â€“ check outÂ http://dwconvention.com/Â for details.
Tickets cost Â£99 per day (inc VAT), which covers a whole day of activity from 9am to 6pm and strictly limited to 1,500 per day.
Every ticket holder will attend three separate hosted panel sessions:
â€¢Â Meet the StarsÂ â€“ discussion with key cast members from series 5 and 6 of Doctor Who along with show-runner Steven Moffat (already confirmed: Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill â€“ more to be announced soon)
â€¢Â Creators & DirectorsÂ â€“ in-depth seminar with the current creative team (already confirmed: Producer Marcus Wilson, and series Executive Producer Caro Skinnerâ€“ more to be announced soon)
â€¢Â Doctor Who UncutÂ â€“ behind the scenes forum with the people responsible for bringing the show to life (already confirmed: Production Designer Michael Pickwoad and Dalek operator Barnaby Edwards â€“ more to be announced soon)