The following is a guest post.
I’ve been in the UK for a month now and in that time, I crossed several “must-see” things off my list that I’ve never gotten to before, including my first trip to Scotland.
But as a Whovian, I also kept track of the Doctor Who sitings and noted some differences in the fandom between the UK and the US. I even made a second trip to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.
The first thing I noticed is that Whovian apparel and fan merch isn’t commented on nearly as much in the UK as it is at home. At home, if I wear a Doctor Who shirt, I can pretty much guarantee someone will say something—ditto for my phone cases and so on. That’s not the case here and when I postulated on Twitter that the reason is that it’s much more mainstream here, someone immediately agreed.
After that, I kept my eyes open for other Whovians. I spotted another fan who’d bought the same TARDIS bag I have, and I did get a few comments on my more unique shirts that proved love of the Time Lord is still alive and well.
At the Doctor Who Experience, I was a little surprised to discover the interactive portion hasn’t changed since I was there a year ago—complete with the references to the now departed Ponds. I imagine they’ll record a new version after Peter Capaldi officially steps into the role at Christmas.
They do have several new displays; apparently they get the new props as soon as the seasons end. I really liked this set piece from “The Snowmen” and I was sad to see the Weeping Angel was out for repairs.
Speaking of the Doctor Who Experience, in my previous post I mentioned being disappointed in the gift shop. Well, they’ve seriously upgraded that! There were several bits of merchandise unique to the gift shop, including some fantastic t-shirts.
It’s been a trip of a lifetime, both as a Whovian and a Britophile. I have a week left. On my last night, I’ll be going to the opening night of Richard II at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, starring David Tennant. Look for a post on that later!
Nancy Kelley is a Britophile, blogger, and author of Jane Austen sequels. She has two cats instead of a metal dog, but she does believe that if you are ever passed out from regeneration sickness (or any other ailment, such as work) tea is all you need – it’s just the thing for healing the synapses. You can find Nancy at her blog www.nancykelleywrites.com. Read more of her posts here.