Drama Village Update

Construction of the new Cardiff drama village has been under way for several months now, and is officially less than a year away from being completed, with Casualty scheduled to begin filming there in September 2011.

But the only show we really care about here at the K, Doctor Who, won’t be making the transfer from Upper Boat Studios until spring of 2012, according to The Guardian.  Which means filming of the 2011 series AND the 2012 series will likely take place at Upper Boat and the transfer to the new facilities will be just in time for a certain 50th anniversary.

We’re curious about one thing:  Will this move have any effect on the current look of the TARDIS interior?  Will they take the current set down piece by piece and truck it to the new site, or will they completely redesign it from scratch, again?  Looks like we’ll have to wait a few years to find out!

The Sarah Jane Adventures will also be headed to the new drama village, to begin filming there in early 2012, last we heard.  This begs a question about Sarah Jane’s attic set that is similar to the one we had about the TARDIS interior: will it change, or be the same?  But more notably still, and contrary to the previously-held belief that the CBBC Who spinoff would be over after the already-partly-filmed fifth series, it looks like we may have Sarah Jane for many years to come!  Considering that the crew won’t start filming there until 2012, which would likely be for the sixth or seventh series, and that producer Phil Ford recently commented that the Doctor likely won’t be back for Series 5, but may still be back in the future, the teenagers of the Bannerman Road gang may start looking (even more) young-at-heart!

At any rate, Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Casualty, Pobol y Cwm, Sherlock, and Upstairs, Downstairs are all set to move in to the new, 180,000 square-foot mini-Hollywood, and there’s apparently still room for three more programmes in this nine-studio building!  Looks like Cardiff’s about to become a lot more dramatic.

Patrick Riley


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