Wales was a British nation whose capital and largest city, Cardiff in South Wales, sat on a time rift (TV: The Unquiet Dead, et al.) and was the home of Torchwood Three. (TV: Everything Changes, et al.) Rex Matheson called the country "the British equivalent of New Jersey". (TV: The New World) Wrexham was a town in North Wales. (AUDIO: Forgotten Lives)
Torchwood Three's Gwen Cooper (whose family came from Swansea) and Ianto Jones were both of Welsh nationality, as was Gwen's husband, Rhys Williams. Wales was also the location of Aberystwyth University. (TV: Random Shoes)
Government[edit | edit source]
The parliament of Wales was known as the Welsh Assembly. (AUDIO: Changes Everything) The UK government in London had responsibilities for Wales, but Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen noted that they paid no notice to goings-on in the country, claiming that the South Wales coast could "fall into the sea" without them noticing. (TV: Boom Town)
History[edit | edit source]
Early history[edit | edit source]
The United Kingdom[edit | edit source]
19th century[edit | edit source]
20th century[edit | edit source]
In 1959, a Navarino group, together with the Seventh Doctor and Melanie Bush crashed at Shangri-La holiday camp in Wales. The Bannermen attacked the camp but were defeated by the Chimeron princess. (TV: Delta and the Bannermen)
A few years later, the Third Doctor and Jo Grant, both of whom worked for UNIT at the time, visited the small Welsh mining town of Llanfairfach as well as Wholeweal, a small countercultural commune nearby. (TV: The Green Death)
21st century[edit | edit source]
By the time of the Miracle Day phenomenon, Welsh people greatly disliked being mistaken for or called English; when a CIA agent insulted Gwen Cooper in this way, Gwen furiously told her that she was Welsh and punched her in the face. (TV: Rendition)
In 2010, a fake funeral for the Doctor was held at UNIT Base 5 inside Mount Snowdon. It was actually a ruse by Tia Karim and the Claw Shansheeth of the 15th Funeral Fleet to steal the Doctor's TARDIS. (TV: Death of the Doctor)
Later history[edit | edit source]
Other information[edit | edit source]
In 2009, Ianto Jones posed as the Welsh ambassador to Switzerland (with Gwen Cooper as his wife) to gain entrance to the Large Hadron Collider's gala opening and investigate alien activity there. (AUDIO: Lost Souls)
When the Miracle Day phenomenon required the presence of Torchwood in several missions in the United States, on several occasions Americans who met Gwen mistakenly believed that she was English, much to her annoyance. (TV: Rendition, End of the Road)
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- Location filming for The Abominable Snowmen and The Five Doctors were filmed in desolate-looking areas of North Wales. Outside shooting for The Masque of Mandragora was done in Portmeirion, also in North Wales.
- Since its revival in 2005, production of Doctor Who has been based in Wales, specifically the Cardiff region, with all but a handful of episodes filmed exclusively in the region. Several episodes such as The Unquiet Dead and Boom Town have been explicitly set in Cardiff.
- The first three series of the spinoff Torchwood and the entirety of The Sarah Jane Adventures was completely produced in Wales as well, with the former actually taking place in and around Cardiff and the latter having an episode set inside Mount Snowdon.
- Production of the franchise is currently headquartered out of Roath Lock studios in the Porth Teigr area of Cardiff Bay. It moved there in 2012. Previously, it was also located in Cardiff, in Upper Boat Studios.