Dr Who Exhibit at the Museum of Wales
Dr Who Exhibit at the Museum of Wales

Last year, Doctor Who celebrated the 60th anniversary of its first broadcast and in July 2024, will mark 20 years since filming of the relaunched series began in Cardiff.

In that time, Doctor Who has not only raised the profile of Wales around the globe, but also brought significant economic benefits to the Welsh economy.

Doctor Who’s production activities are estimated to have generated £134 million for the Welsh economy (gross value added) since the series returned. Roughly 170 crew roles are employed per series, with over two thirds of staff based in Wales.

Doctor Who’s decision to relocate to Cardiff has proven a catalyst for the immense growth of the Welsh creative industries. The screen sector in Wales – comprising of production, post-production, digital and special effects for film and TV, and TV broadcasting accounted for more than £459m turnover in 2022.

The success of Doctor Who resulted in the BBC commissioning more Welsh-made drama, including both in-house and independent productions.

The BBC has also invested in facilities in Cardiff, building Roath Lock – the first purpose-built drama studio in Wales and an intended centre for excellence – and investing in the new BBC Cymru Wales headquarters, Central Square. This demonstrated the BBC’s intent and commitment to the Welsh screen sector and further high-end drama specialism.

I know many people will have spotted some unmistakable Cardiff landmarks in the recent Christmas special. Having such an iconic BBC series based in our city is not only a great source of pride but is also an advert for making Wales a great location for new TV and film production work.

You can read the BBC report in full here.

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