I’m a bit of a geek, but a proud one at that.  I like transformers and have kept all my old toys and vhs, I still have my old thundercats duvet cover, and I wear glasses, like to read comics, know about computers and generally act a little awkward around other human beings.  My girlfriend reliably informs me that this makes me a geek.  Good!

Another of my geeky tendancies is to watch sci-fi, specifically (as you may have cleverly desciphered from the title of this post) Dr Who.  When I was younger, the Dr and more acturately the monsters he faced, used to scare the absolute sh*t out of me when we’d settle down on a saturday night for family tele time.   I both loved and hated the programme.  I loved it because of the adventure, the travel, the travel in time, the gadgets.  I hated it because I was a wuss and would have nightmares.    Sonic screwdrivers will not save you in your sleep.

In 2006 Dr Who made a comeback on British TV and by that point I was of an age where I didnt save to watch it from behind the sofa.  I fell back in love with the programme I fearfully adored as a child.  Usually 80’s remakes are terrible, but this was a triumph and am well a truely hooked again.  So much so that when the Dr Who experience at London Olympia was annouced I imediately informed my girlfriend of my intent to go.  Being the angel that she is (ahem ;-)), she then only went and got me tickets to the experience as an xmas present.  I think she just wanted to look at big posters of David Tennant, whom I apparently look like according to her and other workmates (or at least used to).  Actually i did once get chatted up in a bar in Clapham purely on the basis that I looked like David Tennant, but thats another story.

Dr Who Experience

The Experience

**Spoiler alert.  Also note that the experience contains smoke and strobe effects**

Last weekend (28/1/12) we found time in our oh so busy schedules you hall our asses out of bed and go see the exhibit.  We arrived on time but had to wait a little while before we could get in.  The times printed on the tickets seemed more like a guideline, and whilst waiting in the queue some cocky little northern kid belowed out in barely desipherable english “I wouldnt bother going in there if i were you, complete waste of time”.  Well that put everyone in good spirits didnt it.  Luckily that small unfortunate child was washed away down a drain by London’s poor weather, sad.

The ‘Experience’ was spread over two parts.  The first was aimed at the younger peoples amongst the 50 at a time groups.  You start in a library/archive aboard a space shuttle, being shown a number of objects related to the show when all of a sudden the Dr (Matt Smith) appears on a screen telling you not to panic, but that you may die very shortly.  Oh dear.  Despite being trapped inside the Pandorica (mk2)  the Dr makes the tardis appear very cleverly in the corner of the room and you ‘escape’ into it just in the nick of time.  Once inside the tardis, the Dr ask the younger group remembers to help him land the tardis in a safe place, but unfortunately these small children know nothing of driving and land you right in the middle of a Darlek spaceship, crapbags!  However you are saved as a group of reble Darleks attack the Darleks holding you captive, and in the confusion you are able to escape their craft and enter into a 3d time vortex where all the Dr’s famous enemies lurch at you from the big screen.  Whilst you are ducking for cover from the massive cybermen on the screen, the Dr once again saves the day by escaping his Pandorica and getting you the hell out of that dodgy vortex.  Phew!

After the ‘ride’ part of the experience was over, we moved in the museum like exhibit.  On show were all kinds of costumes, artwork, props, sets and monsters.  There was also a few interactive sections were you could align sounds to certain scenes from the program, or you could learn to walk like a monster.   I took a few pics …

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience

**NOTE THAT THIS EVENT CLOSES AFTER 22/2/12

 

Prices

All prices taken from the official Dr Who Experience website.

On The Door Price
ADULT
£20.00
CHILD
£15.50
FAMILY OF 4
£62.00

 

Advanced Bookings Peak Periods
(Saturday/Sunday and and every day during school holiday periods)
ADULT
£18.00
CHILD
£14.00
FAMILY OF 4
£52.00

 

Advanced Bookings – Off-Peak Periods
(Every day Monday -Friday and out of school holiday periods)
ADULT
£15.50
CHILD
£12.50
FAMILY OF 4
£46.00

 

Location

The Dr Who experience is located at Londons Olympia 2.


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