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Your views on the latest developments in the world of Doctor Who…

The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff closed its doors for the final time on Saturday 9 September. This prompted some of you to send us your fond memories of trips to the Experience…

MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE

■ BRADLEY THOMAS (18) WALES There was some tragic news recently of the Doctor Who Experience closing down, so I thought I’d share some happy memories. I went on fantastic adventures with the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, in which I flew the TARDIS twice! The Twelfth’s adventure ended in Totter’s Lane, which is really special as that is where Doctor Who began. What made it even better was that we left past a recreation of the original TARDIS console.

My favourite set was the Tenth Doctor’s console, which was actually used in the TV series! When I reached the green-screen photo opportunity, there were props provided. Of course, I used as many as I could… the Eleventh’s fez, the Tenth’s 3D glasses, the Seventh’s umbrella, the Fourth’s scarf and screwdriver, all while wearing my TARDIS jumper!

Finally I went to the TARDIS set tour at the BBC Studios which was a brilliant experience for any fan. As I looked around in amazement, the tour guide said, “I know!”

Star Letter

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) has TARDIS trouble in the exclusive footage shown at the Doctor Who Experience.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

■ DAN JACOBS SOUTH CAROLINA, USA

Doctor Who made me fall in love with Cardiff! I came for the Doctor Who Experience and left with a true love for Cardiff and its amazing people. They made me feel welcome and accepted me not only as a visitor but also as a Who fan. I will always remember the two gentlemen working at the local post office who proudly told me that they were in an episode of Doctor Who with the Cybermen. And then there was the moment as I was walking towards that big, blue, beautiful Doctor Who Experience building in the rain when the sun suddenly came out, as if Cardiff was giving me its blessing. I hope the Doctor Who Experience comes back. Our new Doctor deserves her own Experience. And I want to come back to Cardiff to share it with her and every other fan out there.

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