Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Doctor Who Attractions Could Feature At New UK Theme Park

Doctor Who could be one of the BBC shows set to feature as part of a new UK theme park.

The Kent-based London Paramount Entertainment Resort, due to open in 2020, will feature attractions based on some of the broadcaster's biggest programmes after BBC Worldwide signed a deal with London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), the company behind the theme park.

This news follows a similar deal between BBC Worldwide and Merlin Entertainments, which saw the launch earlier this year of CBeebies Land at Alton Towers featuring attractions and rides based on popular children's shows such as Postman Pat and In the Night Garden.

Stephen Davies, Director of Live Events at BBC Worldwide, said:
"We're always looking for opportunities to extend fans' enjoyment of their favourite shows and the idea behind this resort is a really exciting way of celebrating the very special place the BBC has in British culture." 
LRCH has also reached an agreement with Paramount for the new resort, meaning that themed lands and rides based on Mission: Impossible and Star Trek could find themselves alongside those not only from Doctor Who but also other successful BBC shows like Top Gear and Sherlock.

Director of LRCH, David Testa, said:
"We are delighted to bring the world's leading public service broadcaster on board this project. 

"The BBC has played an instrumental role in shaping the British entertainment industry for nearly a century, creating some of the most iconic and cherished characters on TV and radio.  

"It seems only right therefore that its programmes will be present at the new London Paramount Entertainment Resort, which will combine the glamour of Hollywood with the best of British culture."
Although it is not yet known which BBC shows and characters will be included as part of the resort, Doctor Who has certainly marked itself as a contender following enormous global success in recent years - last year's anniversary special The Day of the Doctor achieved a Guinness World Record for the largest ever simultaneous transmission of a television drama, while the latest series of the show launched with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman undertaking a worldwide tour across seven countries in August this year.

[Source: BBC News]