It’s been confirmed by top executives that the BBC sci-fi series will no longer film at its longtime production home of Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff, instead taking up residence at the nearby Wolf Studios Wales when incoming showrunner Russell T Davies takes over for 2023.
“We have also got Doctor Who (from 2023) which is pretty major and back to the dream team of Russell T Davies writing and that is going to be based in Wolf Studios Wales,” Bad Wolf director Natasha Hale told BusinessLive.
This confirmation isn’t a complete surprise, of course. When Davies’ return to Doctor Who (after being in charge from 2005-2010) was announced, many fans were quick to note the other big news hidden in the press release, with the BBC ceding creative control of the show to an outside production company for the first time – His Dark Materials, Discovery of Witches and Industry producers Bad Wolf Studios.
Bad Wolf, headed by Davies’ former Who collaborators Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, have their own base of productions including office space and various large stages, so it makes sense that Doctor Who would make the move. And this shift in filming locations could be more notable than it first appears.