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Doctor Who show opens in Cardiff
Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion
Visitors will get a behind the scenes glimpse of the last series
An exhibition on the BBC's Doctor Who opens in Cardiff on Thursday.

Doctor Who Up Close will be held at the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay to help celebrate the city's golden jubilee as the capital of Wales.

Visitors to the free exhibition will see an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of the last series, filmed in Cardiff by BBC Wales.

Fans will also be able to see Daleks past and present at the show, which runs until 26 February.

A section of the display is devoted to a look back at the last 40 years of Doctor Who, with an opportunity to view his previous incarnations.

Visitors will also be able to see elements of the Christmas special - including some of the new props and costumes after the show has aired on Christmas Day (BBC 1, 1900 GMT).

BBC Wales controller Menna Richards said: "Doctor Who is a huge success and I'm delighted that we can help to bring this exciting exhibition to people in Cardiff.

"It's a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and get a sense of what goes into making Doctor Who."

The exhibition also has a graphic display highlighting Doctor Who's production in and around Cardiff.

Doctor Who scene in The Hayes, Cardiff
The Doctor Who Christmas special was filmed in Cardiff last July

Rodney Berman, leader of Cardiff Council, said: "It is particularly fitting that this experience is being launched as Cardiff marks its golden jubilee as the capital of Wales.

"This is yet another reason for the city to celebrate by providing a first class destination for everyone to visit.

"As a big fan of Doctor Who myself, particularly the new version made right here in Cardiff, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to visit the new exhibition.

"It will be an exciting insight into the behind the scenes goings on of the series over the years."



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