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Roald Dahl Plass

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Roald Dahl Plass
Cardiff

Roald Dahl Plass - named after the Cardiff-born writer - is built on the former Oval Basin, the entrance to West Bute Dock which turned Cardiff into a major coal port in 1839. It went into decline after the Second World War, and then as part of the urban regeneration and was filled in, becoming the public area it is today. The 70ft high stainless steel water tower was erected at the north end in 2000, and the Wales Millennium Centre opened in November 2004.

How to get here:

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Rail: Cardiff Bay Station - Exit the station onto Lloyd George Avenue, and head south to the Plass. (0.2 miles, 5m) +

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Bus: Cardiff Bus Map - Take route 8 to the Plass. +

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableWater Tower

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 10th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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Boom Town
Screen Shot
Filmed: 1-2,8,15 Feb 2005
The rift funnels out through the TARDIS.

Utopia
Screen Shot
Filmed: 21 Feb 2007
The TARDIS materialises at the rift.

Kiss Kiss Bang bang
Screen Shot
Filmed: 21 Feb 2007
At the Hub

 

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 6th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

"Strawberries ahoy! These are left over from the Eisteddfod - they were removed a couple of days later!"

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Everything Changes
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Gwen wonders where the Torchwood team have gone.

Everything Changes
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006

Meat
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2007
Gwen takes Rhys into Torchwood.

 

Photo

Photograph taken: 10th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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Everything Changes
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Jack rises between Suzie and Gwen

Kiss Kiss Bang bang
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2007
Jack takes John into the Hub by the scenic route

 

Photo

Photograph taken: 24th February 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Everything Changes
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Gwen walks up to the water tower, wondering what she's looking for

Everything Changes
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Gwen spies the silhouette of Suzie by the water tower

Something Borrowed
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Torchwood head off to Gwen's wedding

 

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 6th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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Boom Town
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2005
The team discuss what to do.

Utopia
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2007
Jack runs for the TARDIS.

Cyberwoman
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Torchwood return from their outing

A Day In The Death
Screen Shot
Filmed: 21 Aug 2007
Martha leaves Torchwood for home.

Something Borrowed
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2007
Jack waits for the SUV.

 

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableMillennium Centre

Photo

Photograph taken: 10th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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Boom Town
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2005
The TARDIS dematerialises from Cardiff.

Everything Changes
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Gwen returns to the water tower..

Utopia
Screen Shot
Filmed: 1 Mar 2007
The TARDIS in Cardiff.

Meat
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2007
Gwen takes Rhys to Torchwood

 

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Photograph taken: 7th September 2010 by Chuck Foster

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Everything Changes
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Gwen makes her way back to the watertower

Vincent and the Doctor
Screen Shot
Screen Shot
Filmed: 6 Jan 2010
The Doctor takes Vincent to the exhibition

Vincent and the Doctor
Screen Shot
Filmed: 6 Jan 2010
Amy rushes back to the exhibition

 

Photo

Photograph taken: 6th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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Greeks Bearing Gifts
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Jack discusses Mary with Tosh.

 

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 8th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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Children of Earth - Day One
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Filmed: 8 Sep 2008
Gwen "interviews" Rupesh, then sees a child freezing

 

Photo

Photograph taken: 24th February 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Last of the TIme Lords
Screen Shot
Filmed: 21 Feb 2007
The Doctor deactivates Jack's vortex manipulator.

 

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableNear Pierhead Building

Photo

Photograph taken: 24th February 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Last of the TIme Lords
Screen Shot
Filmed: 21 Feb 2007
The Doctor, Martha and Jack look out over the square.

 

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Photograph taken: 8th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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Children of Earth - Day One
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Screen Shot
Filmed: 8 Sep 2008
The team check out the frozen children.

 

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 8th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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Children of Earth - Day One
Screen Shot
Filmed: 8 Sep 2008
The team check out the frozen children.

 

Photo

Photograph taken: 8th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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Children of Earth - Day One
Screen Shot
Filmed: 8 Sep 2008
Jack and Ianto arrive at the children.

 

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 24th February 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Last of the TIme Lords
Screen Shot
Filmed: 21 Feb 2007
The Doctor, Martha and Jack back at the Hub

The New World
Screen Shot
Filmed: 1 Feb 2011
Back at old haunts ...

The New World
Screen Shot
Filmed: 1 Feb 2011
Jack reveals he has become mortal ...

 

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableSouthern End

Photo

Photograph taken: 25th February 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Boom Town
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2005
Rose runs back to the TARDIS.

Day One
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Gwen hunts for Carys.

Children of Earth - Day Two
Screen Shot
Filmed: 5-8 Oct 2008
Gwen recovers from the explosion

 

Photo

Photograph taken: 24th February 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Boom Town
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2005
The Doctor and Margaret head for the TARDIS.

 

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 7th September 2010 by Chuck Foster

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Day One
Screen Shot
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Gwen searches for Carys.

Children of Earth - Day Two
Screen Shot
Filmed: 8 Oct 2009
The Hub has been destroyed!

 

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableNorthern End

Photo

Photograph taken: 10th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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Everything Changes
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Gwen pulls up at the square behind Torchwood

 

Photo

Photograph taken: 23rd July 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Everything Changes
Screen Shot
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2006
Andy takes Gwen home, neither realising they are being watches ...

Children of Earth - Day One
Screen Shot
Filmed: 8 Sep 2008
Rupesh is seen on CCTV lurking outside the Hub

 

Photo

Photograph taken: 24th February 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Everything Changes
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2005
Gwen at the Hub

 

Where to walk to next?

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Wales Millennium Centre (New Earth, The Sound of Drums, Sarah Jane Adventures Series 4/5, , Doctor Who Series 8 Filming). Enter the Millennium Centre through its main doors. (0.1 miles, 1m)

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Mermaid Quayside (Boom Town, Everything Changes, Day One, Cyberwoman, Meat, A Day in the Death, Fragments, Children of Earth: Day One). Head south through the square and under the bridge to the quayside. (0.1 miles, 1m)

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Red Dragon Centre (The Warriors of Kudlak). Head north from the square, and then cross the main road at the lights and walk to the Red Dragon Centre in front. (0.1 miles, 2m)

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Pearl of the Orient (Out of Time): 0.05 miles.

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Pierhead Street (Day One, Children of Earth: Day One, Children of Earth: Day Two): 0.06 miles.

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Bellinis (restaurant) (Boom Town): 0.07 miles.

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Eddie's Diner (The Impossible Astronaut): 0.07 miles.

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Ba Orient (restaurant and bar) (New Earth, Cyberwoman): 0.08 miles.

Filming Reports:

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13 Mar 2014: Album - filming for Doctor Who Series 8 Filming.

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6 Jan 2010: Sliver Cloak Album - filming for Vincent and the Doctor.

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BBC Wales Doctor Who Sightings - Darren Warburton took this photo as he rode his bike through Cardiff Bay and spotted the Tardis: "My first reaction was fear, followed by delight." (Boom Town)

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21 Feb 2007: Flickr: Viola Jen - Photos from filming for Last of the Time Lords

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16 Aug 2007: Scott Frankton - filming photos for A Day in the Death

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21 Aug 2007: "Josie" and "Sue" - filming report for Torchwood Season Two

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25 Oct 2007: Flickr: Cle0patra - Photos from filming for Something Borrowed

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1 Mar 2007: Flickr: The Cardiff Kid - TARDIS building, for Utopia/Last of the Time Lords

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8 Sep 2008: Kinda - filming report for Children of Earth: Day One.

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6 Oct 2008: Kinda - filming report for Children of Earth: Day Two.

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6 Oct 2008: Paul Mount - blog and videos for Children of Earth: Day Two.

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7 Oct 2008: Kinda - filming report for Children of Earth: Day Two.

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7 Oct 2008: Paul Mount - blog and videos for Children of Earth: Day Two.

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8 Oct 2008: Kinda - filming report for Children of Earth: Day Two.

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8 Oct 2008: YouTube: taliesin142008 - video of filming for Children of Earth: Day Two.

In the News:

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9 Feb 2004: South Wales Echo: WHO could that be rushing around Cardiff Bay? Surely not a Time Lord with the ability to turn back the clock? As the Echo's exclusive pictures reveal, the new Doctor Who, his beautiful sidekick Rosie Tyler, and the timeless Tardis have landed in Cardiff Bay. Our photographer was on scene as the hottest duo in TV - Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper - appeared briefly in the sunlight outside the Wales Millennium Centre. The new series, which has been filming since July, airs later this year and the BBC has hinted the first episode may even be on screen by March. (originally an online article, the link no longer works)

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7 Jan 2010: South Wales Echo - "New Doctor braves the cold to film show's latest episodes"

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7 Jan 2010: The Mirror - "Who snows there?"

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7 Jan 2010: The Mirror - "New Doctor Who Matt Smith hails 'sexy' mini-skirt of new assistant Karen Gillan"

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7 Jan 2010: The Sun - "Doc's ice filming is Card-iffy"

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7 Jan 2010: Digital Spy - "Doctor Who filming unaffected by snow"

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6 Jan 2010: The Telegraph - "New Doctor Who Matt Smith lands in snow"

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6 Jan 2010: South Wales Evening Post - "Snow fails to stop filming for new Doctor Who series"

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9 Sep 2008: The Sun - "Torchwood you believe it, John?" (filming report for Children of Earth: Day Two.)

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9 Oct 2008: The Sun - "Torchedwood" (filming report for Children of Earth: Day Two.)

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13 Oct 2008: The Sun - "Wood Shot!" (filming report on Eve Myles for Children of Earth: Day Two.)

Further links about the location:

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BBC Wales - Roald Dahl Plass

Related Stories

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Boom Town [1-2,8,15 Feb 2005]: The TARDIS lands over the rift.

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Everything Changes [2006]: Outside Torchwood

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Day One [2006]: Gwen chases after Carys

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Cyberwoman [2006]: The Torchwood team head off after work.

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Greeks Bearing Gifts [2006]: Jack and Tosh discuss what happened.

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Utopia [1 Mar 2007]: Rift site in Cardiff

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Last of the Time Lords [21 Feb 2007]: The Doctor and Martha say goodbye to Jack.

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang [21 Jul 2007]: Jack takes John into the Torchwood base by the "tourist" route!

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Meat [3 Jul 2007]: Rhys watches Gwen walk with Jack.

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A Day in the Death [21 Aug 2007]: Martha says goodbye to the Torchwood team.

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Something Borrowed [25 Oct 2007]: The team leave for the wedding.

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Children of Earth: Day One [8 Sep 2008]: Strange happenings at the Bay

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Children of Earth: Day Two [6-9 Oct 2008]: Aftermath of the explosion

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Vincent and the Doctor [6 Jan 2010]: The TARDIS lands outside the Musee d'Orsay

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The New World [1 Feb 2011]: Rex executes his rendition on Torchwood

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Doctor Who Series 8 Filming

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