Names associated with the hit BBC Wales production, Doctor Who, have seen a rise since 2011.
Amelia jumped from number five to the number one spot in the popularity tables between 2010 and 2011, Rory went from 132 to and 110, and River went from 1792 to 1239.
Characters in Steven Moffat’s hit show include Amelia Pond, Rory Williams and River Song. Rather unsurprisingly, there were no babies born in 2010 or 2011 with the names Doctor, Who, or Doctor Who. Time Lord and TARDIS are also yet to make an appearance.
However, there was a rise in the number of babies called Matt, the name was ranked at number 1425 in 2009, but rose to 1124 in 2011.
The space opens July 20th. Visit the Doctor Who Experience site for more info.
In a little bit of television history newly released correspondence gives a fascinating insight into just how Cardiff has become the perfect setting for Doctor Who.
One bizarre request reveals that the show’s producers once requested of local councillors: “We’d like to cover the city in bubbling blue goo.”
It seems it was no problem. The council even made a cherry picker available so workers could put the blue gel all over the city’s street lights.
Another batch of e-mails reveals that at the launch event for Matt Smith’s debut as the Doctor, BBC bosses wanted to rename the area near Cineworld as Time Lord Square.
Councillors approved the renaming, but for one night only.
The e-mails show the extraordinary effort and attention to detail that goes into setting up scenes for the sci-fi hit in Cardiff, which is the permanent home for the filming of the series.
The producers also requested permission to bring a “pirate ship” into Cardiff Bay.
Roath Lock provides a permanent home to three flagship dramas - Doctor Who, Casualty and Pobol y Cwm.
The studios form the BBC’s largest drama production centre in the UK, part of the Porth Teigr project in Cardiff’s former docklands.
It was built following the BBC’s commitment in 2008 to double its television network production in Wales.
The name Roath Lock was chosen following consultation with BBC Wales staff.
The lock refers to the waterway linking Roath Basin to Roath Dock and the bay, and the studios are built next to the former lock-keeper’s cottage.
Does this beach look familiar to anyone?
It makes me happy that somewhere in the world right now they are filming new episodes of Doctor Who.