Doctor Who has called the Welsh city Cardiff home since the show returned in 2005. And now more than 11,000 fans have signed a petition to ensure at least one publicly accessible aspect of the series sticks around past this summer.
The online rally was created by Doctor Who fan Bex Ferriday who fears BBC will shut down the Doctor Who Experience attraction soon when a five-year lease with Cardiff Bay expires. One of the biggest attractions fans of both Doctor Who and especially its Torchwood spin-off might recognize at Cardiff Bay is the Wales Millennium Centre, which has served as the backdrop of many scenes in the modern take on the franchise.
In her plea for signatures, Ferriday admits there are “many, many more important things out there,” but that the Doctor Who franchise has become a “global institution.”
“Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience brings much in the way of tourism to an otherwise socio-economically deprived area, gives local people jobs, does much to improve the economy … let’s face it: In these dark post-Brexit days, we all need some escapism.”
Exactly what kind of financial impact the Doctor Who Experience makes in Cardiff is not clear, as no data is available.