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, said:
“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, added:
“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 BBC Cymru Wales, said:
"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, said:
“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.”
You can check out some more images from the Royal Visit here.
Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will today celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with a visit to BBC Cymru Wales Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay.
The Prince and The Duchess will meet the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companion Clara (Jenna Coleman), alongside showrunner Steven Moffat and a host of off screen talent who take the show from script to screen. They will also come face to face with some of the show’s most famous adversaries, the Daleks.
This will be the first Royal visit to Roath Lock studios since they officially opened in March 2012. Their Royal Highnesses will tour the Doctor Who production office and studios, with the following itinerary:
- Doctor Who production office, where Their Royal Highnesses will meet the show’s costume designer, storyboard artist, locations manager, graphics artist, set decorator and production designer with displays from each of the skills areas.
- The TARDIS where Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat will show how one of the most famous sets in the world works.
- Next is a display of some of the show’s renowned monsters, including Daleks, a Silent, a Weeping Angel, a Cyberman, Strax and an Ood. Nicholas Briggs, the voice of the Daleks, will demonstrate how to re-create the famous catchphrases.
- During the final stage of the tour Their Royal Highnesses will be shown a display against a green screen, demonstrated by SFX…
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- Before meeting some Skillset apprentices who are training at Roath Lock in a number of TV functions.
We’re delighted to confirm that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be paying a visit to the TARDIS in the first week of July.
Every year Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit projects across Wales during what is known as ‘Wales Week’. These visits help to promote the region, its charities and its products and give Their Royal Highnesses a chance to meet local people and see first-hand the work they’re involved with.
A highlight of ‘Wales Week’ this year will be a visit by Their Royal Highnesses to the home of Doctor Who - BBC Cymru Wales’ Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff - to mark the programme’s 50th anniversary. The show makes extensive use of locations across Wales but all studio filming is done at Roath Lock and the TARDIS interior has been housed there since the Christmas special, The Snowmen. During this visit the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will meet Matt Smith (the Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara) as well as some of the Time Lord’s most famous adversaries.
A Clarence House spokesman said: ‘The Prince and The Duchess always enjoy their annual visit to Wales and this year they are looking forward to a varied programme of engagements including everything from Dylan Thomas’s Boat House to Doctor Who’s TARDIS! Their Royal Highnesses are also keen to highlight the vital work being done across Wales by some of the charities they are involved with.’
It will be the second royal encounter for Doctor Who this year after Jenna Coleman was presented to Her Majesty The Queen when a major new extension of the BBC’s Broadcasting House was officially opened earlier this month.
We’ll bring you more on the royal visit very soon!
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