Yesterday the Pandorica Opened. That is my way of saying we had a family outing to The Doctor Who experience in London.
My biggest problem was geography and HTC. Allowing plenty of time for travel we arrived in time for some coronary hardening lunch before a short yomp from Earls Court to Olympia (we decided to enjoy a walk and get the hell out of the tube system). This was a great idea somewhat spoiled by my phones sheer inability to connect to any GPS satellites and at times Data (thank you Orange you lying bastards). Finally locating Olympia with minutes to spare, sore feet and a half dead phone that was lucky to avoid being thrown under a bus, myself, Suzanne my wife and the kids Jessica (10), Emily (9) and Daniel (5) made our way into Olympia and up to the exhibit.
It seems bizarre to mention spoilers in the context of a show like this but I will and I have. I will not discuss he experience itself other than to say it is very sleekly done indeed, wonderfully immersive and in places terrifying for all three of the kids. Its great to see Matt Smith embrace The Doctor so honestly and his unflinching passion for the role pay dividends in the monitor scenes. If I had any complaint it would be the length of the show which really rocketed by. Plus points were many however, the entrance into the show itself was amazing, the effect of a “Donna Noble” style tour guide in the first segment was stunning and entering the TARDIS honestly caused some heart flutters in the biggest kid (me).
After the show itself there is the exhibition which, although not packed to the gills like Up Close was, is wonderfully presented and unlike Up Close also gave credit to the past of the show. A well thought out Dalek gallery showed the changes through the years and I must admit the new Paradigm are far more effective up close. They are HUGE. In contast Sontarans are tiny!
I did have a couple of embarrassing episodes however. The first being one of my worst moments ranking almost above the time i kicked a stranger up the arse at Uni (mistaken identity). Spotting a familiar figure I made my usual comment to Jessica behind me…”that looks like your mother”. The American woman that wasn't Jessica thankfully understood the joke and didn’t call the Police!
HONESTLY IT DOES LOOK LIKE JESSICAS MUM
The second was far more personal, while frantically snapping images of the 9/10th console room and ignoring the painful rod in my underwear my wife pointed out that there was ANOTHER console room over there. I think I came a bit when I saw what she meant.
SAY WHAT YOU WANT THIS IS MY TARDIS!!!! I LOVE YOU.
All in all a great day out, a dent in the wallet but an amazing and immersive experience. Well recommended to adults and children alike.
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