The city’s popular Doctor Who exhibition is to undergo a massive revamp costing tens of thousands of pounds, the Echo can reveal today.
At least three new Daleks will arrive at the show’s Up Close exhibition at the Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay, next month.
And props from series four of the sci-fi drama will also feature among the new displays.
The Daleks have been described as “gobsmacking” by the exhibition’s creators Experience Design.
One is expected to be the red Sentinel Dalek – a larger model with specialist weapons.
They will form their own Dalek zone at the centre, similar to one at Britain’s largest Doctor Who exhibition in Earls Court in London.
Head designer at the firm Martin Wilkie said: “It will be the exhibition’s first refurbishment since it opened in the winter of 2005, when it was created as part of Cardiff celebrating its 100th year as a capital city.
“It was only intended to be there for a two-month run, but has stayed for almost three years due to popular demand.”
The Middlesex-based firm said it could not reveal the facelift’s full cost, but Mr Wilkie said it would run into tens of thousands of pounds.
He added: “We hope this will give visitors a real treat and the Daleks on display should be absolutely gobsmacking.
“We also want to expand on the Cardiff aspect of the show.
“We are looking at having audio tours in Cardiff Bay so people can visit the nearby Doctor Who sites.”
Caleb Woodbridge, a lifelong fan of the hit BBC series, said the expanded exhibition would prove popular with fans.
“The Daleks are iconic and feature heavily in the show – they are one of those characters with a broad appeal,” said the 22-year-old clerical assistant from Cathays, Cardiff.
“The have a monstrous evil about them that appeals to children.
“But they are also something that adults seem to respond to.”
The current exhibition will be closed to visitors while the facelift takes place between October 13 and 19.