Monday, March 23, 2015

Wales: Doctor Who Experience

WARNING:  Major geekiness ahead.  It's Doctor Who Day!

As you may know, I'm a bit of a sci-fi nerd.  Star Wars is my first love, but I'm perfectly happy to geek out over Star Trek too and other sci-fi things like The Fifth Element and more recently Jupiter Ascending (which I saw in theaters four times, and would have gone more if it had stuck around longer).  So when I was planning what to do and see in Wales, I really wanted to go to Cardiff specifically for the Doctor Who Experience.

I'll admit I'm a more casual fan of Doctor Who; I didn't start watching it until a couple years ago.  I like it quite a lot though, and Lee thinks it's the weirdest show on television so there's a ringing endorsement for you.  Lucky for me, one of his friends is a Whovian and he lent me the DVDs so I have now seen all of the New Who episodes, except for last year's Christmas special, haven't gotten it on iTunes yet.  And this whole paragraph was probably Greek to you, right Mom?  Ok, let's start with this:  the blue box is a TARDIS, and it travels through time and space.  Cool!

And that thing that looks kinda like a weirdo pepper shaker with a fungal infection is a Dalek, one of the villains of Doctor Who.  Their most famous line is "Exterminate!"

Ok, so, this exhibit is kind of like the Harry Potter studio tour in that you go in at a set time with a group of people and go through an interactive exhibit with video and characters from the show.  We went a couple months before it switched over from the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) to the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi), which is good because Eleven was "my first Doctor" as Whovians say.  Mom, the Doctor is a time-traveling alien who sometimes "regenerates" into a new body, so there have been 13 doctors so far (because the War Doctor doesn't have a number and I think I'm probably just going to confuse you more now).

When the Doctor regenerates, sometimes the TARDIS does too.  And it's bigger on the inside, so here's a TARDIS interior.

And a different iteration of the TARDIS interior.  I am not well-versed enough with Doctor Who to identify which one is which though, usually I'm cross stitching and more listening than watching TV (not just for Doctor Who, but for pretty much everything).

And there's a Dalek made of Legos, just because.

The Weeping Angels are more Whovian villains, and were in the very first episode of the show that I ever saw.  They were introduced in the episode Blink, which might be the best New Who episode ever.  So the Weeping Angels look like statues if you're looking at them, but they come after you when you look away and they can send you back in time because they feed on some kind of quantum en--not important, they're villains and they're scary on the show.

One recurring character on Doctor Who is River Song, and she wore those spectacular shoes.  She's another time traveler.

Pretty sure that dress on the left is what River wore with those fabulous shoes.

After the interactive part, where you "take a trip" on the TARDIS and get chased by Daleks, you get to static exhibitions with lots of costumes and props from the show, again like the Harry Potter tour in London.  So there's a costume for Amy Pond, one of the Eleventh Doctor's companions.

Here's a costume for the Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant, who I think is probably the most popular of the New Who Doctors.  Personally, I saw David Tennant first as an evil Death Eater in the Harry Potter movies, so it took me quite a few episodes to quit thinking "It's a Death Eater! Run!" when watching him on Who.

More Companions' costumes:  Donna Noble, Martha Jones, and Captain Jack Harkness.  I love Martha's signature red jacket, it would probably look smashing with River's shoes : D

One of the best things about a time-traveling TV show is that you can have stories from anywhere and anywhen, and awesome costumes to match.  But I don't know offhand what episode these costumes are from.

And here's the Eleventh Doctor.  Bow ties are cool.

Here's a Gallifreyan cradle, just really cool-looking.

There's the costume for Oswin Oswald, which was Jenna Coleman's first appearance on Doctor Who.  She died in that episode, came back as a different character and died again, and then came back as yet another character and is still alive as Clara Oswald.  So yeah, part of why Lee thinks this show is so weird.

And another shot of the costume and the Daleks.

I think this might possibly be from the episode The Wedding of River Song, but I'm not sure.  It's bugging me that I can't remember.

Baby Weeping Angels are pretty scary too.  Sure, they look like cherubs, but they kill you just as dead.

I'm thinking these costumes are from The Girl in the Fireplace, in which the Doctor meets Madame de Pompadour.  Love that episode.

A couple of TARDISes...

And one very scary Weeping Angel.

This was a miniature thing, the TARDIS and the wreckage of a Dalek.  And this post has taken me entirely too long to write but at least it's stopped raining so I can go for my run outside after all.


CCsMom said...

I've never seen not ONE episode of Dr. Who. I've never seen Dowton Abby, either (I KNOW that's not the correct spelling.) Sigh, I guess I'm just "out of touch", eh?

Tanya said...

The other day you posted a scrapbook page with the title "the TOWER" and I asked out loud if that was like...the Tower of London? Which I really only know about thanks to Doctor Who, haha! My husband showed me Blink a few years ago but I didn't start watching the episodes til this past year...yep. I'm hooked and I understood everything in this post. :) I can even tell you that the Egyptian costume is from Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

Christy Lynn said...

ACK! Thank you Tanya, I didn't think I was right about which episode that Egyptian costume was from but it's been a long time since I saw Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. And yup, that scrapbook layout was from the Tower of London. :)