The Wales Update
Well, Cardiff, as fans will know, is the Doctor Who city, so no surprise that my day tour was a total fangirl trip! Photos later, but in short, I did check out the Millennium Centre and Roald Dahl Plass from “Boom Town” — and subsequently other — Doctor Who episodes, and all Torchwood episodes. The restaurant they stopped at in “Boom Town” was also pretty obvious. Oh, and explored Mermaid Quay and found the tourist office entrance to the Torchwood hub!
There are a lot of other Doctor Who/Torchwood locations in Cardiff, of course, where both series are mainly shot, many times impersonating other places. I thought I’d found one of the buildings Jack Harkness likes to stand on top of (and give us all vertigo!), but I may be wrong. I also found the docks where (I think) the start of the DW episode “Love and Monsters” was shot, impersonating Woolwich! Oh, and of course, there was Cardiff Castle, where John Hart takes Jack just before he destroys the city (“Exit Wounds”).
There was a Doctor Who exhibition near the Millennium Centre, and an overpriced shop. It was interesting. The Dalek was cute — photos and video to follow, hopefully soon.
Altogether a quite fascinating experience, seeing for real locations that have been immortalized on TV. The scale and orientation of what we see on TV is often different from reality. Thus, it was equally fascinating to see how television can glamourize perfectly ordinary things!