Wales is a country located in the South-West of the UK and the island of Great Britain. Wales was a British nation whose capital and largest city, Cardiff, 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) Most of Doctor Who has been shot in South Wales, including Cardiff and the South Wales' valleys.
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)
Wales is a principal place in the Doctor Who universe next to England. BBC Wales, which was responsible for resurrecting Doctor Who, is primarily based in Cardiff Wales. A good deal of the Doctor Who production team is Welsh, including former executive producers Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner.
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)
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)
Notable people from Wales
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- Gwen Cooper
- Clifford Jones
- Ianto Jones
- Malcolm Taylor
- Rhys Williams
- Andy Davidson
- Daniel Llewellyn
- Nasreen Chaudhry
- Tony Mack
- Ambrose Northover
- Mo Northover
- Elliot Northover
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
- 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.