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Doctor Who exhibitions

Since Doctor Who was first broadcast in 1963, there have been a number of exhibitions of props, costumes and sets throughout the United Kingdom. Some have been intended to be permanent, and others seasonal; most have been staged at existing tourist locations.

Permanent exhibitions

Doctor Who Experience

An exhibition titled Doctor Who Experience, complete with a new interactive Doctor Who episode with the Eleventh Doctor, opened in London on 20 February 2011. The exhibition moved to Cardiff in July 2012 and will remain there until 2017. The immersive exhibition was designed and installed by the UK-based theme park design and installation company Sarner Ltd.[1]

The exhibition begins with a short film, and a walk-through adventure inside the Tardis, a group of weeping angels and Daleks as guests are led through by the Eleventh Doctor in the special interactive "episode."

Following the adventure portion, guests are free to roam two floors of exhibitions including original costumes from all eleven Doctors and alien prosthetics, Daleks over history, Sonic devices, the interiors of the Fifth Doctor's and Ninth Doctor's/ Tenth Doctor's Tardis and other show memorabilia and artifacts. There are also costumes from the companions since 2005 including: Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Captain Jack Harkness, Amy Pond, and Rory Williams. In 2013, props, such as Porridge's costume and the deactivated chess-playing Cyberman, from Nightmare in Silver have been added. [2] The costumes of the Eleventh Doctor Doctor and Clara Oswald, along with the giant snow globe, from the Christmas episode entitled The Snowmen were also added to the collection in 2013. [3]

Museum Patrons can also take pictures in front of a green screen. There are multiple backgrounds to select from including the inside of the ninth/tenth Doctors' Tardis. Taking the pictures are free, but visitors must pay for a physical copy. They do, however, get a digital copied emailed to them after purchase.

The Experience is on Cardiff Bay, home to the BBC Drama Centre, as well as Cardiff Bay's many locations from the "Torchwood" series.

Former permanent exhibitions


The first permanent exhibition was set up at the stately home of Longleat, Wiltshire in 1973, and ran until 2003. The site has also hosted annual Doctor Who conventions, usually in August.[4]

The twentieth anniversary convention was titled "Twenty Years of a Time Lord" and was held in April 1983. It featured appearances from Jon Pertwee (and the vintage car Bessie), Peter Davison, K9; props included the TARDIS, Daleks, and the set of The Five Doctors feature-length special.[5] About 40,000 fans turned up, many more than expected.[6]

In 2003, the annual "Doctor Who Day", to mark the 40th anniversary of the programme, featured an attempt to gather the largest number of Daleks ever assembled. Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred and John Leeson attended.[7]


The original exhibition on the Golden Mile, Blackpool, Lancashire, operated between 1974 and 1985.[8] It reopened in 2004 to coincide with the relaunch of the programme. The Blackpool Doctor Who Museum finally closed on 8 November 2009, the large collection of props, monsters and costumes being distributed to other exhibitions around the country.[9]


The "Dapol Dr Who Experience" opened in 1994 and was sited in Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales, under the auspices of the company that made Doctor Who merchandise until 2002. It featured many costumes and props, some dating back to the 1960s. It closed in 2003.[10]

Doctor Who Exhibition Cardiff

The Doctor Who Exhibition Cardiff was the only permanent exhibition in the UK. Situated in the Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay, the museum opened December 2005,[11] in the city where the series is currently filmed and produced. It closed on 27 March 2011.

Exhibits at the Doctor Who Exhibition Cardiff
The Ood
Tarak Ital

Props on display include an Ood Elder from The End of Time, a fly-headed Tritovore and Lady Christina De Souza's costume from "Planet of the Dead", plus the 'Flood' monster and Maggie and Tarak Ital costumes from "The Waters of Mars". There is also a special display from the team behind the show’s monsters, Millennium FX, showing the production process behind creating an Ood. Costumes displayed include those worn by the characters Martha Jones, Captain Jack Harkness, Donna Noble and the Doctor.[12]

The Cardiff Exhibition had a complete refurbishment in October 2008.[13]

The Doctor Who Up Close Shop was stocked with items such as giant inflatable Daleks, sonic screwdrivers and talking bottle openers.[14]

Former temporary and touring exhibitions


  • List of Doctor Who exhibitions

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