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The TARDIS, pictured in Cardiff

Cardiff Introduces Doctor Who Filming Fee

Filming crews for Doctor Who, Casualty and Sherlock will have to pay £100-£200 per day to film on the streets of Cardiff thanks to a new filming unit set up by the local authority.

The TARDIS, pictured in Cardiff

The newly formed unit (shouldn’t that be UNIT?) will become the first port of call for producers needing to access public buildings and help arranging temporary road closures..

Councillor Russell Goodway said that the unit would benefit both film makers and residents:

The council also recognises that it has a duty of care to its residents and that Cardiff citizens should benefit from any filming in their area whilst disruption is kept to a minimum.

The council said the fee for a filming permit is in line with other councils in the UK and that the BBC and independent companies were “instrumental” in helping to set the rates.

Ieuan Morris, reader in film at the University of Glamorgan’s Cardiff school of Creative and Cultural Industries, told the BBC:

I think capital cities around the UK all have film units now and they are good as they make it much easier for a production to deal with one agency in a city to secure permission to film in streets and buildings.

Wales certainly has a growing creative industries sector. I think Cardiff and the south Wales region offers such a variety of different locations. You have city, mountains and sea all within about an hour’s drive.

What do you think? Could this have a positive or a negative impact on Cardiff’s success in the BBC’s drama.


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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