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Fans get to go behind the scenes of Doctor Who as BBC throws open the doors of its studios

AN EXCITING new attraction has been added to Cardiff Bay's Doctor Who Experience after the hit show's studios were opened up to fans for the first time.

Makers of the BBC series have decided to give fans a unique chance to spend time in the TARDIS and get up close and personal with Daleks at the studios in Roath Lock.

The focal point of the tour is the new TARDIS console room, which has been on screen since the 2012 Christmas special and will be featured in the much-anticipated 50thanniversary episode on November 23.

The attraction's events manager Courtney Lewis said: "This is the first time ever we've opened the studio and the first time the public have been allowed on the set, which is a really big deal for us.

"It will only be open for the summer - so fans need to take up the chance while they can. It really is a unique opportunity for Doctor Who fans."

The Doctor Who Experience, which is a five-minute walk from the studios, opened in July 2012.

Courtney said: "The way it will work is people will have the chance to buy a joint ticket for the studio tour and Doctor Who Experience.

"On top of that, you can also add the walking tour if you wish.

"That's something we've launched during the past month and involves visiting 30 filming locations we use for the show around Cardiff Bay.

"And with it being summer - meaning all the production staff are on holiday - we thought this would be the best time to let people have a look," he added.

"The tours are done in groups of four or six, so they feel quite exclusive.

"And people are allowed to take pictures and videos. It's such an iconic set and it's great that people are now able to come and see it for themselves."

The new TARDIS took three months to build and is by far the biggest in the show's history.

The crew has just finished shooting the anniversary episode at the studios and Matt Smith will be back in September to film the Christmas special, which will be his last episode as the Doctor.

Tickets for the Doctor Who studio tour are on sale now.

The tours will run until Sunday, August 25, and begin from the Doctor Who Experience foyer.

It is advisable to book in advance of a visit.

Prices start from £20.50 for adults and £14.50 for children.

Tickets also include general admission to the Doctor Who Experience. ¦ For more details visit the website THE REGENERATION GAME THE new Doctor Who will be unveiled live on television tomorrow night.

Viewers will see Matt Smith, who has played the role since 2010, bow out in the Christmas special and be replaced by the latest Doctor.

This Sunday's half-hour show, on BBC1 at 7pm, will be presented by Zoe Ball and feature interviews with Smith and executive producer Steven Moffat, as well as celebrity fans and past incarnations of the sci-fi hero.

Mr Moffat said: "The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who's taking over the TARDIS. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking 12."

Scots actor Peter Capaldi, pictured, best known as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, has become bookies' late favourite to take over the role.

TWINS TRAVEL THROUGH TIME AND SPACE AMONG the first people to take a trip in the TARDIS were 10-year-old r twins Owen and Alex Eyres, from Llanharry, who visited the studio with their dad Mark.

Owen said: "My favourite part was going into the TARDIS - that was amazing.

"Everything looked really different than it does when you watch it on TV and the studio was bigger than I thought it was going to be.

"I really can't wait to watch the next episode now." w Alex added: "It was the first time I've been on a TV set, which was really cool.

"I wasn't expecting it to be as big as it was, and the TARDIS looks a lot different on the inside than it does outside.

"The Weeping Angel was quite scary and the Dalek we saw had a plunger for his hand, which was funny."

GRAPHIC: Alex Eyres, 10, works the control panels inside the TARDIS

Owen Eyres, 10, admires the TARDIS interior

Owen Eyres steps inside the TARDIS at the BBC's Cardiff Bay studios

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