“The Doctor Who Effect” has been attributed to supporting the economy of South Wales, from enhancing film and TV production to increasing tourist numbers, particularly in places where the series has been filmed.
However no one seems to have told Pete Hall, who runs Halls bookshop on Llandaff High Street – he’s angry that the BBC are planing to film in the village shortly, which will involve closing off some roads.
Mr Hall, 47, said: “We received a letter from the location manager late last week informing us that they are setting up and filming on the village green for an entire week and will be restricting parking between 8am and 7pm at night.
“When I read it my heart sank.
“As a small shop fighting for our very existence due to the difficult economic climate, the thought of all those outdoor vehicles blocking our already choked traffic system and frightening our customers away is too much to bear.”
Now it is entirely possible that Mr Hall’s business is very close to the wall and simply won’t manage until after the Matt Smith era episodes go out on TV. If this is the case you can appreciate his concern. Indeed if this is indeed the case Mr Hall should be the recipient of a lot of new patrons from the area as local Doctor Who fans pop in to buy some books to keep him going until the inevitable entry into a future edition of Who Goes There?
(With thanks to Robert Davis)
Of course, Mr Hall might just be a grumpy old man…