Parc Dare & Theatre, Treorchy

Filming schedule

Daleks In Manhattan/Evolution Of The Daleks: filmed 15-17 November 2006

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Evolution Of The Daleks: Parc & Dare Theatre

Clip taken from Doctor Who: Evolution Of The Daleks, featuring David Tennant as the Doctor and Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones.

Daleks In Manhattan/Evolution Of The Daleks

Original BBC One broadcast: Saturday 21 April/Saturday 28 April 2007
Director: James Strong
Starring: David Tennant as the Doctor

Constructed in 1892, the Parc & Dare Theatre in Treorchy was originally the Working Man's Institute for the local collieries, as evidenced by the inscription: 'Parc & Dare Workmen's Hall'. It is now an arts centre, as well as home to the famous Treorchy Male Choir.

The establishment's cinema and theatre were added in 1913, and the Edwardian proscenium-arch took pride of place in the main hall. This was the ideal venue to capture the spirit of New York 1930 vaudeville in the episodes Daleks In Manhattan and Evolution Of The Daleks as the interior of the Laurenzi Theatre.

The theatre management allowed the BBC Wales team four days usage of their premises in the lead-up to their pantomime season. Work on the stage began on the afternoon of Tuesday 14 November when director James Strong and choreographer Ailsa Berk conducted a dance rehearsal for the set-piece of Tallulah's rendition of My Angel Put the Devil in Me - with Miranda Raison performing composer Murray Gold's latest song for the series.

This number was then the main focus for recording through the afternoon and evening the next day when the cast performed to the pre-recorded song. "We were meant to have a glitter ball, and it didn't turn up," explained James Strong of this striking routine as he recalled the scene on the episode commentary.

Doctor Who Confidential were present to cover the conclusion of Tallulah's big number for BBC Three viewers the following afternoon, and following this the evening of Thursday 16 saw a shift of focus onto the climactic confrontation in Evolution Of The Daleks as Daleks Thay and Jast accompanied their humanised colleague Sec to the Laurenzi. This major set piece on the stage and down in the stalls, with various stunts and effects, also occupied the shoot through to midnight which wrapped up the week on Friday 17.

The venue also featured in the 2008 adventure Secrets Of The Stars in the CBBC spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Episode synopses: Daleks In Manhattan/Evolution Of The Daleks

The TARDIS materialises in New York in November 1930. While investigating a number of mysterious disappearances, Martha Jones and the Doctor discover the sole Daleks survivors at work in the partially-constructed Empire State Building.

Dalek Sec the Cult of Skaro, who escaped the Battle of Canary Wharf, plan to reinvent the Dalek race by impregnating humans with Dalek DNA.

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How to get here

From the east on the M4, leave at junction 32, then take the A470 to Pontypridd. Follow signs to the Rhondda Valleys.

From the west leave the M4 at junction 34, then take the A4119 and follow signs to Rhondda Valleys and Treorchy on the A4058.

In Treorchy, turn left at The Stag pub onto the A4061 for Cwmparc (Station Road). The theatre is on the right just beyond the bridge.

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