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Even a Time Lord would like somewhere to hang his hat. Cardiff, Wales has been home-base for the Doctor, his TARDIS and the rest of the lot since 2005, when production began at BBC Wales. Beginning in 2009, with Matt Smith taking over as the Doctor, the Cathedral Green in Llandaff Village was transformed into the Village of Leadworth, the home of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).

Let’s get to know Cardiff, Wales a little better with this snapshot of Doctor Who locations and local spots:

Crowds gather in Cardiff, Wales for a glimpse of the Doctor. (AP)
The TARDIS looks so unassuming on its own in Lydstep Park. (AP)
The TARDIS looks so unassuming on its own. (AP)
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall make a visit to BBC. (AP)
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall make a set visit posing with the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companion (Jenna Coleman). (AP)
Prince Charles wasn't shy and took control of the snow gun. (AP )
Prince Charles wasn’t timid and took control of the snow gun. (AP)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, keeps a safe distance from the Dalek. (AP)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is wisely cautious near the Dalek. (AP)
“The Eleventh Hour” landed the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) in Leadworth. (AN)
Interiors of hospital scenes in the "New Earth" episode were shot at the Millennium Centre, 2005. (AP)
Multiple episodes filmed scenes in the Millennium Centre, including “The Sound of the Drums” starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. (AP)
The department store where Rose Tyler worked.
Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) worked at Henrik’s in London in the series, but the actual department store where scenes were shot was Howell’s in Cardiff. (LI)
The Parish of St. Paul where the Doctor and Rose seek safety from the Reapers.
The Parish of St. Paul is where the Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Rose (Piper) seek safety from the Reapers. (Tumblr)
Tourism Information Centre. (AP)
We hope it’s not all work for the Doctor Who cast and crew and the gang gets out to see the area. First stop … the Cardiff Tourist Information Centre. (AP)
Mermaid Quay (pronounced "key") at Cardiff Bay. (AP)
Next stop, a bit of relaxing at the Mermaid Quay (pronounced “key”). (AP)
Castle Arcade shopping center. (AP)
The Castle Arcade offers a stunning shopping experience. (AP)
Cardiff Central Market. (AP)
The Cardiff Central Market is filled with eats and treats. (AP)
If that wasn't enough, check out the John Lewis Department Store. (AP)
The multi-story John Lewis Department Store offers indoor shopping. (AP)
Pierhead building. (AP)
The Pierhead Building was the headquarters for the Bute Dock Company in 1897. (AP)
Pierhead Building and Cardiff Bay. (AP)
This striking structure sits on Cardiff Bay. (AP)
Cardiff Carousel. (AP)
The Cardiff Carousel appears in the background of the national TV news. (AP)
Winter Wonderland Big Wheel. (AP)
Enjoy Christmas on the Winter Wonderland Big Wheel which pops annually. (AP)
City Hall. (AP)
The impressive Edwardian City Hall serves as the center of local government. (AP)
Welsh Assembly Building. (AP)
The Senned is home to the National Assembly. (AP)
Cardiff Castle. (AP)
Cardiff Castle is made up of 2000 years of history. (AP)
It's not common to see a pub and a castle in the same snap, Cardiff. (AP)
It’s not so common to see a pub and a castle in the same snap but it is Cardiff. (AP)

Have you bought your plane ticket to Wales yet?

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By Brigid Brown