Thursday 21 September 2017

Doctor Who villains roam streets

A Scarecrow in Cardiff city centre to promote the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay
A Scarecrow in Cardiff city centre to promote the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay
A Dalek, Cyberman and Scarecrow in Cardiff city centre
A Cyberman in Cardiff city centre

As thousands of GPs went on strike over pension reforms, one of Britain's most famous doctors was nowhere to be seen during a monster outbreak in Wales.

Villains from hit sci-fi show Doctor Who went on the rampage, frightening young and old alike at a range of places throughout the Welsh capital Cardiff.

After "escaping" from the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay, due to open next month, a Dalek, Cyberman, Scarecrow and Silent made their way to the city centre in time to greet commuters at Cardiff Central Station.

They then set their sights on the Queen Street shopping hub and Cardiff Castle before pitching up outside the Welsh Assembly where passing Lib Dem AM William Powell evaded their clutches.

By the time the monsters got to Wales Millennium Centre, which has been used in several episodes of Doctor Who as well as its spin-off Torchwood, crowds gathered to take photos.

Sci-fan Simon Davies, 26, of Bridgend, said: "It was such a surreal thing to see. One minute I'm walking down the street and the next thing I saw a Dalek and a Cyberman. It's quite funny in a way because on the day doctors went on strike, these monsters were roaming around and the Timelord was nowhere to be seen."

The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay opens on July 20 and is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to Cardiff over the next five years.

Among the attractions are a replica of the inside of the Tardis and the world's most extensive collection of original Doctor Who costumes and memorabilia.

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