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by Catherine Stobbs (subscribe)
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Are you a Dr Who fan? Have you ever dreamt that one day the doctor would turn up at your door and invite you along on one of his many adventures; that you would get up close and personal to all the weird, wonderful, and sometimes scary creatures he meets along the way?

The Doctor Who Experience allows you to do just that. Now open at the Olympia Two, you have a once in a lifetime chance to step into the doctors shoes and walk amongst the characters both past and present.

The Daleks help point you in the right direction

The exhibit is divided into two parts. The experience itself allows you to join the doctor on a journey through time and space. Material designed specifically for the experience has been recorded by the current doctor, Matt Smith. Along with live actors, special effects and a full scale set, you can actually step into a life-size recreation of the current Tardis.

The Doctor Who exhibition allows you to journey from the first series in 1963 right up until present day, allowing you to meet the monsters the doctor has come up against and see what they look like in the flesh. There will also be original costumes, as well as real sets from the current series, and the Tardis' from the eras of David Tennant and Peter Davis.

A mixture of hands on experience, and a full history of the programme means there is something for fans both old and new. The Doctor Who experience is designed for everyone, but like the programme the organisers warn that some of the monsters maybe a little too scary for some younger viewers. They ask parents to use their own discretion when taking younger children along.

Everyone has to use the tube at some point

The exhibition runs until the end of November. Tickets are currently being sold from now until September and more will be released periodically. The experience is designed for families, schools and individuals, and they offer discounts and packages to suit different groups. It is a very popular exhibition so visitors are advised to book well in advance. Information about booking tickets can be found here.

The experience lasts around 90 minutes, and there may be a short wait at the beginning of your visit to prevent over crowding. Full details and questions are answered on the website.

The nearest tube stations are Earls Court, West Kensington and West Brompton, and you are advised to arrive early so it is worth checking TFL for transport information, especially if you are travelling at the weekend or during the school holidays.
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Why? An experience not to be missed if you are a Dr Who fan.
When: Until November 30th, daily from 10am to 4pm
Where: Olympia Two, London (2nd Floor) Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX
Cost: From 12.50 see website for full details, prices vary depending upon the date, and family packages are available
I have to friends in London at the moment who have just gone to this, I cannot describe how jealous I am! It looks like such a great exhibition for Whovians, if only they decided to tour it to Australia, that would be a dream come true.

I think that something like this celebrating a show that has had such an impact on a country, and on the rest of the commonwealth too in some cases, is such a great thing. If only I could go there!

At least the new season of Doctor Who starts back soon. Hopefully that makes up for the fact that I have to miss out on this. I think I'll probably still be a bit jealous of all the Brits who get a chance to see it.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Friday, 19th of August @ 02:32 pm
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