Sunday, August 08, 2010

Stone angel flies in to add bite to Doctor Who show

A WORLD War II Dalek and a stone angel are some of the scary additions to Cardiff’s Doctor Who exhibition.

After filming on Matt Smith’s first series as the Doctor came to an end, a number of props from the Victory of the Daleks and The Time of the Angels episodes have been included in the exhibition to send fans hiding behind their hands in fear.

Filming on the Christmas special, which guest-stars singer Katherine Jenkins and acting legend Michael Gambon, finished yesterday. Filming for the new series gets under way next month.

The Christmas special is rumoured to be a “clever twist” on the Christmas Carol and will feature the honeymoon of lead characters Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, and Rory (Arthur Darvill).

Lead writer and producer Steven Moffat said: “I’ve honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April.

“My neighbours loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I’m fairly sure they did it ironically.”

The additions to the Red Dragon Centre exhibition also include two costumes belonging to Amy and another for the Winston Churchill character, who was played by Ian McNeice in the Victory of the Daleks episode.

Martin Wilkie, from Experience Design, which runs the exhibition, said: “Since opening at The Red Dragon Centre in December 2005, we’ve had mass interest from fans from across the UK, America and Australia who want to visit Cardiff Bay and see the locations where the series was filmed.

“The exhibition continues to attract thousands of fans each year and we’re sure the new props will see fans flocking to the centre in coming weeks.”

Emma Johnstone, tenant liaison and marketing manager at the centre, said: “The Doctor Who Exhibition has been an enormous tourist attraction for the centre over the past four years.

“We’re delighted to be able to welcome fans back to view the latest products and enjoy all the centre has to offer.”

The Doctor Who Up Close Exhibition Cardiff is open every day from 10am to 6.30pm.

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