The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who

Doctor Who's success worldwide is a remarkable story, and I was particularly delighted that our Royal visitors were able to meet the brilliant production team. They are very special talents - and BBC Cymru Wales is immensely proud of their achievements."Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, BBC Cymru Wales
Date: 03.07.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.59
Category: BBC One; Drama; Wales
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today celebrated 50 years of Doctor Who with a visit to the show’s home in Roath Lock studios, Cardiff Bay.

The Prince and The Duchess met the Doctor, Matt Smith and his companion Clara, Jenna Coleman, alongside showrunner Steven Moffat.

On meeting Their Royal Highnesses, Matt Smith, says: “It was great to welcome The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to set today. Showing them how to fly the TARDIS was a real treat and something I never thought I would be doing when I first took on the role. The Prince of Wales said he remembers watching the show when he was 15 and seemed very knowledgeable on the Who history, so it’s nice to think they are watching.”

Meanwhile, Jenna Coleman who plays Clara, adds: “Meeting The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today was such an honour. The Prince was particularly interested in the mechanics of how the TARDIS works and the storyline for the upcoming 50th anniversary special, but I didn’t give too many secrets away.”

Touring the Doctor Who production office, Their Royal Highnesses saw displays from the show’s costume designer, locations manager, graphics artist, set decorator and production designer.

After being given a rundown on how to fly the famous TARDIS, The Prince and The Duchess were introduced to the most famous of Doctor Who monsters, the Daleks. Before production secrets were revealed with a green-screen display, demonstrated by SFX. The visit concluded with Their Royal Highnesses meeting some of the Skillset apprentices who are currently training at Roath Lock.

This was the first Royal visit to BBC Cymru Wales Roath Lock studios, since they officially opened in March 2012.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director of BBC Cymru Wales, says: "It's been a very special day - and a moment to celebrate everything that's been achieved at Roath Lock. Doctor Who's success worldwide is a remarkable story, and I was particularly delighted that our Royal visitors were able to meet the brilliant production team. They are very special talents - and BBC Cymru Wales is immensely proud of their achievements."

Danny Cohen, Director BBC Television, says: “The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall seemed to thoroughly enjoy their visit to the set of Doctor Who. The Prince did an extremely good impression of the voice of the Daleks using the special audio effects. Following his time in the TARDIS we may well have an exciting new option for the casting of the next Doctor.”

Notes to editors

Doctor Who

Doctor Who is produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One. As the world’s longest-running science fiction series, Doctor Who will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year on 23 November with a special adventure. The BBC drama stars Matt Smith as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as the companion, Clara. The 50th special will mark the return of the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, and Billie Piper who will also be joined by Joanna Page and John Hurt.

Roath Lock Studios

Roath Lock studios officially opened in March 2012. They are home BBC One’s Doctor Who and Casualty, as well as CBBC’s Wizards vs Aliens and S4C’s Pobol y Cwm. Upcoming productions being led from the in-house team also include a six-part spy thriller called The Game and a major adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic War And Peace for BBC One. There are nine studios in total.

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