TARDIS PRO­POSAL – AND SAD WHOVIANS

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - CARLY SQUIRES Re­porter carly.squires@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

D EVOTED Whovians Daniel Green and Annabel Hobbs marked the end of the Doc­tor Who Ex­pe­ri­ence – with a mar­riage pro­posal in­side the Tardis.

The Cardiff Bay attraction closed its doors for the fi­nal time yesterday.

The pop­u­lar sci-fi attraction, which has been a huge tourist mag­net dur­ing the past five years, is bow­ing out be­cause its sub-lease from Cardiff council is draw­ing to an end.

Tick­ets sold out for the last day of open­ing, with fans of the hit BBC tele­vi­sion show tak­ing part in a host of ac­tiv­i­ties – in­clud­ing in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tions and hid­ing from Weep­ing An­gels.

Fans from around the UK have ex­pressed sad­ness at the clo­sure – but cou­ple Daniel and Annabel, from Es­sex, marked the oc­ca­sion in their own spe­cial way.

Daniel asked his Doc­tor Whoob­sessed girl­friend of three years, Annabel, to marry him in­side the fa­mous po­lice box.

Annabel, 24, said: “I am over the moon. I am still re­ally sur­prised. What has made it so emo­tional is the fact that the ex­hi­bi­tion is clos­ing to­day.

“This is def­i­nitely the top place that he could have pro­posed to me. He has done a good job.”

The cou­ple trav­elled to see the ex­hi­bi­tion for the first time in Oc­to­ber 2016, af­ter Annabel suc­cess­fully man­aged to “bully” Daniel into go­ing along with her.

“I wasn’t a big fan of the show be­fore,” Daniel, 26, ex­plained.

“But see­ing all of the props got me much more ex­cited about it and now I en­joy it.

“The pro­posal has been planned for a long time and it has been so hard to keep it a se­cret, but I am re­lieved that she said yes and loves the ring.

“She’s very pas­sion­ate about Doc­tor Who – that’s how I would de­scribe it! She would like to think she’s an ex­pert.”

So is a Doc­tor Who wed­ding now on the cards?

Annabel said: “We have had brief dis­cus­sions about hav­ing some Doc­tor Who in­spired dec­o­ra­tions – but I don’t think I could con­vince Daniel to wear the at­tire!” Other visi­tors came away from the ex­pe­ri­ence feel­ing dis­ap­pointed at the site’s clo­sure. One Twit­ter user, SarahJane Peal­ing, said: “This breaks my heart. I came [to the Doc­tor Who Ex­pe­ri­ence] reg­u­larly, es­pe­cially since I’ve based my Cos­tume A-Level on Dr Who. Dev­as­tated. No chance of re-open­ing?” Louise Burch added: “We loved the Dr Who Ex­pe­ri­ence in Cardiff! Great ex­hi­bi­tion with so much to see. Hope it finds a new home soon.” An­other user reached out to Cardiff council for an ex­pla­na­tion. He said: “@Cardif­fCoun­cil clos­ing the Dr Who ex­pe­ri­ence will be good for your tourism. Way to go. #sar­casm”.

The BBC said: “News of how we are plan­ning fur­ther ways of tak­ing Doc­tor Who di­rectly to our au­di­ence, and how we are us­ing the film­ing lo­ca­tions to con­tinue the com­mer­cial pres­ence of Doc­tor Who in Cardiff, will be com­mu­ni­cated in due course.”

Dy­lan Smith, aged two ,with his sonic screw­driver Mark My­ers alias The Doc­tor Fans dressed as past Doc­tors and, be­low, peo­ple queued for the last day at The Doc­tor Who Ex­pe­ri­ence in Cardiff Bay

Daniel Green pro­posed mar­riage to his girl­friend Annabel Hobbs, be­low, in­side the Tardis

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