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Petition to Save Doctor Who Experience Collects 11000 Names

first_imgMore than 11,000 people have signed a petition asking the Cardiff Council to help save the local Doctor Who Experience from imminent closure.The interactive museum opened in Wales in July 2012, inviting fans on an adventure through space and time.Guests can roam two floors of exhibitions, featuring original costumes, alien prosthetics, sonic devices, TARDIS interiors, and ever-evolving Daleks, among other memorabilia and artifacts from the classic and renewed series.AdChoices广告BBC Worldwide in November confirmed that after a “fantastic five-year run” in Cardiff Bay, the company’s sub-lease from the City of Cardiff Council will end this summer.“We are talking with Welsh Government about the possible future use of the building on their land, and we are discussing alternative options with BBC Worldwide should they choose to continue to add to the Doctor Who presence in the city,” a spokesman for the City of Cardiff Council said in a statement on the Experience website.BBCThe award-winning attraction—which occupies land owned by the Welsh government—was refreshed in 2014 with a newly scripted storyline starring Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.“It has always been the intention for the site to be developed as part of the ongoing Porth Teigr regeneration project,” the Cardiff Council said. “The agreement was always intended to be for five years only, reflecting the nature of the attraction.”Fair enough: Doctor Who is, fundamentally, fleeting. Characters come and go, story arcs begin and finish. But a permanent institution, where people of all ages can pose with the Matt Smith’s fez, compare sonic screwdrivers, and see how an Ood comes to life is paramount.“I admit: This sounds daft, and there are many, many more important things out there we should be petitioning for or against,” Bex Ferriday, creator of the “Save Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience” campaign, wrote on the website.BBC“But not only is Doctor Who a global institution, Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience brings much in the way of tourism to an otherwise socioeconomically deprived area, gives local people jobs, [and] does much to improve the economy,” she said.Over the last five years, more than half a million visitors from across the world have visited the Doctor Who Experience. The museum’s closure will cost six full-time jobs and 19 part-time positions.As of press time, the petition has 11,264 of a required 15,000 signatures. A Whovian myself (Allons-y!), I contributed my name to the growing list. Since I moved to Edinburgh three years ago and discovered the Doctor Who mecca, I’ve been anxious to visit the Welsh capital, where the long-running show (and spin-off Torchwood) regularly film.“Let’s face it,” Ferriday said. “In these dark post-Brexit days, we all need some escapism.BBC Worldwide did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.last_img read more