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Published on September 8th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

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The Doctor Who Effect

Welsh filmmaking continues to thrive, basking in the reflected light of Doctor Who – and the man behind a new production believes its time to call the south-east corner of the country Valleywood.

Hollywood stars Tim Roth and Kelly McDonald began shooting a family-friendly feature film in South Wales last week, and are joined in the cast by Life On Mars star (and Doctor Who’s own Master) John Simm in an adaptation of David Almond’s Whitbread Children’s Award-winning Skellig.

Although set in Newcastle-upon-Tyne th perfect landscape for the movie has been found in Caerphilly.

Nick Hirschkorn is the producer, and reckons that is is Wales’ already-established infrastructure to support feature film production that was a significant part of their decision to film in the valleys.

“We chose South Wales for a variety of reasons,” said Hirschkorn.

“We looked at lots of different places including Ireland and Newcastle, but that was too far away meaning the travel would be too expensive and there isn’t the infrastructure up there as there is here.

“Because there has been so much production here lately like Dr Who and Torchwood, there is a fantastic stable of people and crews that you would only usually expect in the larger cosmopolitan cities.

“So it (the Doctor Who effect) has already started because there are a significant amount of productions going on here.”

Impressive! Can we have a major production in the North East, please BBC?

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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