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Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan - in Cardiff after all!

New York or Cardiff?

A lot has been made of the decision to fly to New York with a small crew and the regular stars of Doctor Who in order to record the Series 7 mid-season finale – but it seems that a big chunk of Cardiff remained in the episode!

Thanks to WalesOnline, we now know that certain scenes (such as the one below, the background enhanced with digital technology) were recorded in and around the Welsh capital

 Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan - in Cardiff after all!

Now obviously there are benefits to setting episodes in the USA, but it seems that as with Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks there is little need to use genuine buildings in the city in order to create the illusion. In advance of the episode airing, we suspect that one or two key scenes aside (one of which could in theory have been mounted in Wales) The Angels Take Manhattan will comprise largely of establishing shots, just like its 2007 forebear.

Regardless – it’s fascinating how these episodes are brought together, don’t you think?

Christian Cawley


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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