So, what did you think of the season premiere of Doctor Who this week? Didn’t watch because Peter Capaldi isn’t your Doctor and you’re a Matt Smith or David Tennant man, or even Tom Baker, the longest-serving Time Lord?
Perhaps (gasp!) you haven’t heard of Doctor Who, the British sci-fi classic and veritable institution (think British Star Trek) that first appeared on television in 1963 and which has run ever since, with a wee hiatus from 1990 to 2005 (except for a 1996 movie).
Never mind, you’re forgiven.
But for the millions of devotees of The Doctor and his charming companions – the TARDIS, his time ship shaped like a British police box and which is famously bigger on the inside than the outside; the sinister Daleks, who look like trash cans but are intent on exterminating The Doctor and generally destroying the universe; his many “companions,” from Rose Tyler to Clara Oswald; and all the other weird and wacky creatures that have populated the show for over 50 years, do I have a place for you!
The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, Wales – the city where the modern version of the shown is filmed – is ood-les of fun (that’s a little Whovian humour for you; the Ood are an odd-looking recurring alien race encountered by The Doctor, whose name, incidentally, is never revealed).
The museum, located on Discovery Quay on the Cardiff Bay waterfront, has been a prime tourist attraction in the city since it opened in 2006 (with a brief relocation to London), having welcomed millions of visitors. For £16 (advance, child and family rate also available), fans get the chance to interact with a video version of the 12th Doctor – Capaldi – in a quest to save the universe, before entering an exhibition hall filled with the world’s most extensive collection of authentic costumes, props and artefacts from the show, including Ood masks and Weeping Angel statues, three full TARDIS sets, and a series of interactive displays that reveal a behind-the-scenes look at the show.
Sadly, it seems that the Doctor Who Experience is slated to close this summer, though a firm date hasn’t been set and tickets are being sold at least through July 7. So now is clearly the time to visit, or send clients who happen to be in the neighbourhood, for while it seems that Doctor Who is timeless, this little treasure of a museum isn’t.
This & That
- Reports suggest that United Airlines will no longer remove passengers from their seats on oversold flights to seat their own employees. Go figure.
- Southeast Asia is Avalon Waterways’ fastest growing portfolio and to meet demand the globus family of brands division is adding another ship to its roster, the Avalon Saigon. One of its intimate Suite Ships, the Saigon will serve just 36 passengers while sailing the Irrawaddy and Mekong rivers through Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar.
- Australia is popping up in Toronto for a special one-day exhibit designed to capture the country’s nature, coastal and food and wine wonders through photography and virtual reality, plus the opportunity to meet travel experts. Sponsored by Tourism Australia and Air Canada, the exhibit will take place at the Toronto Artscape Sandbox gallery (301 Adelaide St. W.) on May 4 from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.)
- Air Canada Vacations is inviting agents to learn all there is to know about Norwegian cruise line in a special webinar on April 26 at 2 p.m. EDT. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5469882713319583746
- Newfoundland folk band The Once will add a special element to the local atmosphere on Adventure Canada’s renowned Newfoundland Circumnavigation expedition this summer. The popular band will entertain guests aboard the 198-passenger Ocean Endeavour during evening gatherings in Newfoundland’s outports and small towns as the ship circumnavigates the island June 5-15.
- Jamaica’s Royalton Negril Resort & Spa and Hideaway at Royalton Negril are now welcoming guests. The former includes extensive facilities for families and young guests, while the latter is adults only, and caters particularly to honeymooners. Packages are available through Sunwing.
Jean-Marc Eustache, President and CEO, Transat, on the creation of a new distribution unit for the company, to be headed by former General Manager, Transat Distribution Canada (TDC), Joseph Adamo:
“By further developing our expertise in distribution, we aim to strengthen our business relationships with our partner agency networks and optimize sales of our products under the Transat and Air Transat brands. In so doing, we acknowledge the strength and importance of the Canadian agency network when it comes to travel distribution, starting with our own network...”