Russell T Davis has single handedly made Cardiff into a Mecca for geeks by filming Dr Who in the area and, even more so, by basing the spin-off Torchwood in the city. This weekend we joined them.

The Torchwood hub was situated down in Cardiff Bay underneath the Millennium Centre. You could stand in the piazza outside the centre and see where the exit was supposed to rise up by the fountain and, just round the corner, was the entrance (see picture below). This was covered and I do mean covered in tributes to Ianto Jones who was killed off at the end of the last series. I have seen lesser displays of grief for those who have died in the real world. I like Torchwood but some people really need to get out more.

Next stop, just across the road, was the Dr Who exhibition. I have to sheepishly admit that I was really looking forward to this and was not disappointed as I had my picture taken first next to the Tardis and then with a Dalek! Maybe I need to get out more too?!

More pictures of both the Ianto shrine and the Dr Who exhibition can be seen here but below is a screen grab of the opening credits of one of my favourite Doctors from what is now referred to as the “classic” series. I can’t make up my mind if I prefer Pertwee or Baker (Tom).

There is much to see and do in Cardiff (see next post) but if you are a geek it goes the extra mile.

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