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BBC Studios
Unit 1/2, Tonteg Road, Treforest Industrial Estate, Upper Boat, Pontypridd, CF37 5UA

The BBC leased new studios at Upper Boat in early 2006 in order to have dedicated studio facilities for Doctor Who and the spin-off series Torchwood and Sarah Jane Investigates. The site is the largest studio complex ever built in Wales, some 10 times the size of BBC Wales in Cardiff. It was officially opened on 27th July 2006 by Welsh Enterprise Minister Andrew Davies.

How to get here:

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Road: M4 - Exit the M4 at junction 32, and head north towards Pontypridd on the A470. At the Treforest Industrial Estate/Upper Boat exit, take the second exit off the roundabout, crossing the river, and then turn right onto Tonteg Road. The studios are on the right-hand side as the road bears left. +

Parking Details

There is limited parking opposite the footpath by the gate to the waterworks. Or you could stop at the petrol garage.

Where to walk

Follow the footpath and Upper Boat is visible on your right.

This location is private and has no or limited access only. The studios are private, but the western side may be seen from a public footpath that runs alongside.

 

Access: publicStatus: n/aFrom the footpath

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Ffordd-Y-Gollen (Revenge of the Slitheen, Eye of the Gorgon). Road (~1.1 miles, 4m) : Follow Tonteg Road west until you reach the A473, then cross over onto Church Road. Turn right onto Ruthin Way, and then Ffordd-y-Gollen is on the left.

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Ffordd Gerdinan (The Stolen Earth). Road (~0.9 miles, 3m) : Follow Tonteg Road west until you reach the A473, then cross over onto Church Road. Turn left into Ffordd Gerdinan, then left again to the green. Parking roadside

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Glyntaff Cemetery (Random Shoes, Fragments). Road (~1.5 miles, 3m) : Follow Tonteg Road east, and then turn left at the end. Go around the roundabout to the far side, heading onto Pentrebach Road. At the next junction, turn right and follow Cemetery Road along to you reach the cemetery. Parking Cemetery car park

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Coleg Morgannwg (Revenge of the Slitheen). Road (~2.1 miles, 5m) : Follow Tonteg Road east, and then turn left at the end. Go around the roundabout to the A4054 (south) and then follow Main Road along to the next main roundabout, turning left onto Heol Crochendy.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Unit A5 (Revenge of the Slitheen): 0.24 miles.

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Hawthorn High School (Mona Lisa's Revenge, The Gift): 0.30 miles.

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Hawthorn Road (The Stolen Earth, Journey's End): 0.40 miles.

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Unit G12: 0.56 miles.

Other show-related mentions for the location:

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BBC News - "Time Lord handed permanent home"

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Western Mail - "Dr Who's Tardis is 86,000 sq feet inside!"

Further links about the location:

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Lambert Smith Hampton - Company acquiring the studios for the BBC

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5 Jul 2006: VOSA - This document from VOSA details the registration for the BBC vehicles required at BBC Studios when the Doctor Who production team moved there from Unit Q2.

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The Girl Who Waited [Mar-Apr 2011]

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The Vault Of Secrets [2010]

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Death Of The Doctor [2010, inc 7 May]

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Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith Studio 4 [27-28,31 May 2010] (Studio 4): Sarah's attic Studio 1+2 [17 Jun 2010] (Studio 1+2): Eternity Sphere [17-18 Jun 2010]: Luke's Oxford Study

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Doctor Who Series Six [2010-2011]

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