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 – St. Mark’s Church – Cardiff

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Season 11 filming for the tv show: Doctor Who has taken place in a little Church in Cardiff. St Mark’s Church is rumored to be the location of a wedding…. we will know in 2018….

Doctor Who S11 – Newport

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Early scenes for Doctor Who Series 11. Jody is in her “regeneration” costume. Photo taken around November 10 2017, Newport. Episode will air somewhere 2018.

Regeneration Costume

Doctor Who – Fields House

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Maybe the most scary location of all “Doctor Who” episodes is the one where we first meet the Weeping Angels. A “haunted house” like location where Sally is introduced to the Timelord and statues that come to life. At the time of filming (and some time after that), the house was creepy and very useful for the production of this episode.

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After 2010 however, the house was sold and renovated. Not much is left of the creepy building seen in “Blink” (the “Doctor Who” episode). But the crew returned to film the Christmas special “The Snowmen” here. Less scary, still snowmen coming to life is no picknick….

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It seemed they could do better, as they did in 2016, when they returned yet again to film “Knock, Knock” (S10, E04), aired in may 2017. The building ate young students who rented the rooms… creaky floorboards… flickering lights… yes, this house is still very scary…..

And the fun part, you too can stay here, check out this link to airbnb….

Not only was this location used for “Doctor Who”. Also “Sherlock” was filmed here after the renovation.

(Image: Charles Williams)
(Image: Charles Williams)

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The current owners liked the modifications the crew made to the bedroom, which was used for Irene Adlers room, so much, they left the wallpaper.

In 2020, the property came up for sale again for approx. €2 mln. Check out the website: https://www.mrandmrsclarke.com/property/the-fields-manor-fields-park-residences/

Doctor Who – Gileston Farm

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For the second episode of season 10 “Doctor Who”, the crew went to film in Valencia, Spain. The wheatfield which is next to the futuristic building (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), is in fact close to Cardiff and is next to Gileston Farm. These two European location form Gilese 581d, the first human colony, where you better smile to stay alive…

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.

Highlander (1986) – Conwy

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For the final scene of “Highlander” (the 1986 movie), the crew did nof return to Scotland for filming. Instead the scene was shot in Wales, Conwy. Sychnant Pass provided the mountains needed for the scene (although somewhat less impressive then those that can be found in Scotland, maybe the production ran out of money?).

Torchwood – UK – The Old Rectory

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Gwen Cooper, from the top secret agency Torchwood, moves out of Cardiff for season four in the TV-series with the same name.

She and her husband (Rhys) and child hide on a lonely cottage on the beach supposedly near Swansea. The cottage is “The Old Rectory“, owned by Brittish National Trust and is available for rent.

 

 

Clash of the Titans – UK – Dinorwic Slate Quarry

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In 2010 (and later for the second installment in 2012), the Perseus Myth “Clash of the Titans” was filmed in Wales. Tthe Harriet Hole in Dinorwic Slate Quarry was used for parts of this film (and “Wrath of the Titans”). Volcano scenes were filmed here.

It has also been used in 1988 for “Willow” and later in 1994 for “Street Fighter”.

Since this was the second largest slate Quarry in Wales, it is open for visitors. It has a museum.

 

Doctor Who – Cardiff – Temple of Peace

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The “Temple of Peace” in Cardiff, Wales, has been used for several “Doctor Who” episodes (as well as Sherlock, since both are being recorded in Wales). Close to the BBC Wales studios

On September 18 and 19 2007, the crew used the Temple for the episode “The Fires of Pompeii”. Exteriors were actualy filmed in Italy, but for the location where the Sisterhood worships the Pyrovile creature, a closer location to the studio was chosen.

It was a familiar location, since the crew used the Temple beginning of October 2004. “The end of the World” also used interiors recorded at the Temple of Peace. The conference halls were transformed into “Platform 1”, an alien spaceship 5 billion years into the future.

In 2006, another episode on “Platform 1” was written, so the crew returned to the Temple in September to film the scenes. But the Temple did not just stand in for the Platform, it also was used as the Hospital where “The Face of Boe” passed away (New New York).