Even though I visited the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay earlier this year in May, when I was back in Wales I couldn't resist another trip on December 9, 2013, especially as they have a fresh new exhibit from the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor.
In addition the new display also included costumes worn by Billie Piper as the personification of the 'Moment Box' interface and Joanna Hart's impressive 'Queen Elizabeth I' gown, plus Gallifreyan Time Lord war room costumes and props. This place really is Whovian heaven.
In the episode the current and Eleventh Doctor played by Matt Smith and his Companion 'Clara Oswald' (Jenna Coleman) are called upon by U.N.I.T. to give him instructions from his previous wife, 'Queen Elizabeth I of England', hidden away in a secret vault in London's National Gallery.
The Eleventh Doctor is drawn through a fissure in time and he ends up in Elizabethan England where his previous incarnation in attempting to uncover a Zygon scheme to conquer Earth.
One of the biggest revelations we learned recently about the Doctor's history, was the identity of the 'missing' Doctor, who comes after Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor and before Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor, although the numbering is clearly thrown out by this new aged 'War Doctor'.
This battle-weary 'War Doctor' is shown on the frontline fighting the Daleks in the Gallifreyan city of Arcadia and contemplates using a doomsday superweapon named the 'Moment' to end the catastrophic Time War between his people and his deadliest of enemies.
Before the events of The Day of the Doctor, the Eleventh Doctor thought this previous version of himself had lost the right to call himself 'The Doctor' after his actions during the war.
I have to say it took me some time to get into this episode with so much expectation riding on it and so many characters to be serviced, but at a certain point in time it totally won me over (probably the air punching joy of seeing all the Doctor's past, and even a glimpse at his future incarnations, did the trick), and so it was a real treat to see all these costumes and props from the anniversary special on display and up close in person.
Stay tuned in the days to come for even more detailed photos from The Day of the Doctor exhibit and be sure to check out even more Doctor Who costumes and props here at Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props.
Let the countdown to the Doctor's next regeneration begin.
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Buy the episode: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor (Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD Combo)