Doctor Who – Cardiff – Bute Street

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Not the first time since the reboot of Doctor Who 2005 (and Torchwood) that the BBC crew used Bute Street as a filming location. After visiting South Africa with the new 11th doctor lady, they are back in Wales in this familiar street. In fall 2018 we will see what has been filmed here…

Doctor Who S11 – Cardiff

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Cardiff Uni


On 10 November 2017, filming took place at Cardiff University for Season 11 of Doctor Who. Still unclear what scenes are being filmed here, speculation is that one of the new companions of the female Doctor is a policeman.
Scenes are also filmed at the “Kidney Research Sop”.

Doctor Who – Pencoed Studios

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For season 10 (2016 recordings, 2017 aired) the “Doctor Who” crew went outside the usual BBC studios of Cardiff to the nearby Sony Studios at Pencoed. Known for their 4K recordings and large sets, it must have been the reason for moving there.
Read an article about it here.

Doctor Who – Rome Cinecittà Studios

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While usualy recorded in Wales (Cardiff), for the fouth season of the Doctor Who reboot, the crew traveled to Italy. The world famous Cinecittà Studios in Rome were used as the location for Pompeii. Fun fact is that the Doctor is actualy traveling to Rome and end up in Pompeii (which in reality now is Rome).

The location was used for only two days. A day and a night shoot. For the day shoot, exteriors of thee city like set were filmed. The night shoot was used for the destruction of pompeii by the volcano (the effects van arrived just in time for the crew to set-up all effects).

All other scenes were filmed back in Wales, where the weather was very different. A chalenge for the camera crew to match the look and feel of the lovely weather they had over in Italy.

In 2015 – 2016, this Italian studio was also used to film another version of “Ben Hur”. The big charriot scene amongst others used the large sets available here.

The “Doctor” in between takes.

Doctor Who – Trade Street Cafe

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On june 19 2014 , Wales Online reported filming of Doctor Who at the “Trade Street Cafe” in Cardiff.

Sherlock – St Bartholomew’s Hospital

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True to Doyle’s original story, Sherlock and Watson first meet at St. Bart’s. The original hospital (exterior!) was used for the series (now that’s a nice change, usually, it is something completely different). Interiors were filmed in Cardiff.

The oldest standing hospital in the UK can be found at West Smithfield near Giltspur and was used not only for the pilot but for later episodes as well.

Sherlock – Camden

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For the popular BBC TV -show “Sherlock”, location throughout London were used. The most famous of them mus be “221b Baker Street”.  The entrance is in fact in Camden at North Gower Street, flat 187.

Right next door is “Ms. Hudson’s Snax” as seen in season one. The actual name of the cafe is Speedy’s cafe. Both exteriors and interior (season two) were used for the show.

Doctor Who – Neath Abbey

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If you have ever watched Doctor who and thought a you had seen that abbey before, it must have been Neath abbey. It was used in numerous episodes, “Beast Below”, “Vincent”, “Rebel Flesh”, “Almost People” and “Power of three”.

Neath Abbey

Doctor Who – Cosmeston Medieval Village

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Why build a whole village, while there is one around anyways? That’s what the designers for Doctor Who, The Robots of Sherwood must have thought. The tourist medieval village of Cosmeston was used as Sherwood.

Sherwood/Cosmeston

Doctor Who – Stradey Castle

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Stradey Castle is a very popular location for weddings and photoshoots, no wonder the Doctor Who production team used this location for “The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardwrobe”

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