Last Alteration: Friday 04 July 2014

MOD St Athan

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51°24'42"-03°25'05" show decimal

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MOD St Athan
St Athan, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 4WA

Formerly known as RAF St Athan

St Athan opened on 1st September 1938 for the RAF, and is reputedly the largest station of the forces. In recent years the station was used mainly for aircraft repairs, becoming home to the Defence Aircraft Repair Agency.

As well as the RAF, the site also housed other forces, and in 2006 it officially became an MOD base and now has a large army presence; the repair functions are gradually being wound down.

17 Jan 2007: the base has won a contract to create an armed forces training academy for the Royal Airforce, Army and Navy. This has secured its future for many years to come, and will provide some 5000 jobs to the area!

UNIT 878 Picketson Site was used for the Cyberfactory Roof.

Hangar 2

Army of GhostsScreen Shot

Army of GhostsScreen Shot

Army of GhostsScreen Shot

Army of GhostsScreen Shot

DoomsdayScreen Shot

DoomsdayScreen Shot

DoomsdayScreen Shot

DoomsdayScreen Shot

Additional Notes:

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This might be the same hangar as #1, or Twin Peaks hangar, different angle

"Round" hangar

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Additional Notes:

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Probably one of two "round" hangars by the outside area above

Picketston Gate

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Additional Notes:

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The "Twin Peaks" hangar can be seen in the background of one of the shots.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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B4265 (Random Shoes): 1.15 miles.

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Aberthaw Power Station (Last of the Time Lords, Sky): 1.78 miles.

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Aberthaw Beach (Last of the Time Lords, Doctor Who Series 8 Filming): 1.82 miles.

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Beaupre Farm (The Temptation of Sarah Jane): 1.88 miles.

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Beaupre Castle (The Temptation of Sarah Jane): 1.90 miles.

Filming Reports:

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4 Jul 2014: Album - Outside the base where filming taking place for Doctor Who Series 8 Filming.

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3 Feb 2011: Album - Outside the base where filming taking place for Miracle Day.

Further links about the location:

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St Athan HIVE

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BBC Wales Doctor Who Locations

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MOD Filming - details of the site for general filming permission.

Related Stories

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The Age of Steel [13 Jan 2006]: Cyberfactory roof

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Army of Ghosts [9-10 Jan 2006]: Torchwood's alien artifact warehouse.

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Doomsday [9-10,13 Jan 2006]: Torchwood's alien artifact warehouse.

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Out of Time [2006]: Torchwood await the arrival of an airplane.

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The Sound of Drums [9 Mar 2007]: Airstrip

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Last of the Time Lords [9 Mar 2007]: Professor Docherty's Shed

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Planet of the Ood [24,27 Aug 2007] (Twin Peaks Hangar): Ood Container Area

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Enemy of the Bane [15 Jul 2008] (Pickeston Site): Outside the Black Archive

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Children of Earth: Day Five [27 Oct, 5-6 Nov 2008]: Kids are delivered to a 456 collection point

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Day of the Moon [10 Nov 2010?]: The Doctor is locked up in Area 51

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A Good Man Goes To War [Jan 2011]: Demons Run (main hall)

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The New World

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The Categories of Life [2-5,7-8 Feb 2011] ("Round" hangar): South Wales Overflow Camp

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The Middle Men [2-5,7-8 Feb 2011] ("Round" hangar): South Wales Overflow Camp

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The Bells of Saint John [11 Oct 2012] (Ecubed Solutions (plane)): On the plane

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Doctor Who Series 8 Filming

Related Studio Stories

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The Empty Child [17th Jan 2005]: Rose hanging from barrage balloon, and falling

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