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PostSubject: The Doctor Who Experience is to close next summer   Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:49 pm

Yes, you read that right. BBC Worldwide have confirmed that "the Doctor Who Experience has enjoyed a fantastic five-year run in Cardiff Bay but, sadly, our five-year sub-lease from the City of Cardiff Council will come to an end in Summer 2017".

The Experience opened in Cardiff in July 2012, and quickly become the place to go for Doctor Who fans from all over the world.

The building is thought to be one of the first of its kind to be used for an exhibition centre; the frame is constructed using steel beams, with a cover stretched over the entire building giving it the appearance of a giant tent.

The award-winning attraction was refurbished in 2014 to include a newly scripted storyline starring the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

The exhibition space was also be given a refresh, with new props from Capaldi’s debut series, as well as sets and monsters from the history of the world’s longest-running sci-fi series.

BBC Worldwide said:"As to opening somewhere else, we are not sure yet"

A spokesman for Cardiff council said: "The land currently occupied by the Dr Who Experience is owned by the Welsh Government and their development partner, Igloo Regeneration.

"It was leased to the City Council for five years to enable its relocation from Olympia to Cardiff on a temporary basis.

“It has always been the intention for the site to be developed as part of the ongoing Porth Teigr regeneration project.

"The agreement was always intended to be for five years only, reflecting the nature of the attraction.

"The decision to close the Experience at the end of the lease next summer has been mutually agreed by all parties involved, including the operators BBC Worldwide."
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PostSubject: Re: The Doctor Who Experience is to close next summer   Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:28 pm

Yeah, it's a shame. It would appear they haven't ruled out reopening at a new location though at least.
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