The Doctor Who Experience

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The Doctor Who Experience in Both London and Cardiff sadly closed down some time ago. We hope it comes back but it’s not looking likely. We thought you’d like to see our photos from the Doctor Who Experience, it was an incredible thing to visit and be a part of, for my then, very small kids. Both, like their mum, are still devoted Whovians.

The Doctor Who Experience in London

We, kind of almost, flew half way around the world just for this Doctor Who Exhibition, from Australia, to the UK. (visiting my parents and my home country, Wales, was a big pull, too).

The boys and I are huge Doctor Who fans. The Doctor Who Experience exhibition at Olympia, London will stay in our memories forever, it was awesome and such a great mother-son bonding trip.

There are so many great things to do with kids in London, but on this trip, the Doctor was the winner.

It may sound stupid to you, but we build a lot of the boys’ homeschool curriculum around what comes up in Doctor Who, it’s a great way to introduce a topic or an era and get them excited by it, everything from Van Gogh to Hitler to the Romans, it gets their imaginations sparking. The Who curriculum will be a future post over on my homeschool website.

Just a few self-indulgent photos for now, of one of our best days out, ever.

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D was inside the Dalek, driving the egg whisk and talking into the voice changer. All photos of me were taken by a six-year-old, he did OK!

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That Doctor Who toy in Boo’s hand got us into a lot of trouble with customs, another post for that one too!

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That is the actual Pandorica chair that the Doctor sat in. They took photos and superimposed us onto some cool backgrounds, which I can’t find midst the chaos of packing.

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My Doctors. Pertwee and Baker. I’m not a big fan of the wet vet as a character but we bump into the actor from time to time in Richmond, our London base.

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Console rooms from many eras.

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Monsters and aliens from the whole history of the series.

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No, they’re not upside down.

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It’s not just a display of costumes, sets and creatures, there are also a couple of amazing interactive experiences, the Doctor himself taught us to fly the TARDIS at one point. But I won’t spoil it for you.

Suspend disbelief, tap into your inner child, or better stil, l take a few kids and just watch their joy. It’s absolutely brilliant!

I’ve saved the best ’til last.

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The Doctor Who Experience then moved from London to Cardiff Bay,  where Doctor Who was made. We visited that one too.

UPDATE: We visited Cardiff, the home of Doctor Who at Christmas 2013. The post is here!

If you have an interest in Doctor Who, sorry you missed it, it was great.  Any other Who fans out there?

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

7 thoughts on “The Doctor Who Experience”

  1. We are huge Doctor Who fans too. I’ve actually been trying to find/create a Doctor Who curriculum for my 12 year old for next year. She’s only interested in the Doctor and art trying to do anything else is a battle. So we ditching the typical book curriculum. So far I’ve managed to create a list of people, places, and events that are visited or mentioned in the series. I’m really looking forward to seeing your Doctor Who curriculum.

  2. Have you posted your Dr Who curriculum? I’d love to check it out. Great pictures!!!

  3. Alyson

    Thank you for the link. Great photos. I’ve homeschooled Tyler for 4 years now (he’s 11 and in grade 6). We love all the historic stuff in DW. Van Gogh is Ty’s fave artist.

  4. We are huge Doctor Who fans and took the boys to this exhibit in London. I love that you base some of your homelearning on Dr Who, and will be checking out that section of your blog!

  5. I love the freedom of homeschooling to kids’ interests. Wrapping curriculum around DR Who installments is brilliant if that is what you guys are into.


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