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BAFTA Cymru, BBC Cymru Wales and Film Hub Wales announce special Doctor Who events

22 October 2014

An exciting series of events which will offer new access to the Doctor Who series, featuring episodes that have been filmed in Wales throughout its 50 year history.

The programme of six events, devised and coordinated by Film Hub Wales and BAFTA Cymru, and hosted in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales and 6 key venues around the country, will offer fans of the series a chance to see monsters from key episodes of the cult classic on the big screen and hear from the creative team working on the series.

The events will be held between November 2014 and January 2015 and will be part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, the BFI’s landmark season dedicated to cinema’s most spectacular genre, presented together with 02. Tickets will be available to BAFTA members and the general public.

Hannah Raybould, BAFTA Cymru Director, said: “BAFTA Cymru exists to celebrate excellence in production in the moving art form and this new partnership with BBC Wales and venues around Wales – made possible by the funding received from Film Hub Wales, will allow us to offer new access to the amazing talent working on the Doctor Who series in Wales.”

“We are particularly pleased to be working with new venue partners – from Scala Cinema and Arts Centre in Prestatyn, Theatr Harlech in Gwynedd, Savoy Theatre in Monmouth and Y Ffwrnes in Llanelli, which expand the breadth of our offer, and add to our existing fruitful partnerships with the Film Hub lead organisation Chapter in Cardiff and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.”

The first event in the series, to be held in partnership with Chapter pop up cinema on 4 November at the landmark National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, will be a preview of Death in Heaven, the current season finale, which will be screened ahead of its broadcast on BBC One and will be attended by cast and crew.

The wider programme of events includes The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe at Ffwrnes in Llanelli on 1 December ; The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky at Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn on 12 December; The Unquiet Dead at the Savoy, in Monmouth on 12 January; ending with The Five Doctors on 27 January at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. An additional double bill screening of Mask of Mandragora and The Prisoner will be confirmed to take place in January at Theatr Harlech.

The events will each have a specific theme, focusing on one creative department within the Doctor Who production team.

“We are delighted to offer this unique opportunity to Film Hub Wales member venues, including our Film Hub Lead organisation Chapter, as part of our exciting BFI Sci-Fi programme. We couldn’t imagine a Wales-wide Sci-Fi season that didn’t explore our cultural connections to Doctor Who and are thrilled to work with BBC Cymru Wales and BAFTA Cymru to bring these events to life,” said Hana Lewis, Strategic Hub Manager, Film Hub Wales.

“We have a rich and diverse range of exhibitors developing audiences for film across Wales but many are divided by rural landscapes, limited capacity and lack of funding. Film Hub Wales exists to support a more sustainable independent film sector, bringing more film, to more people, in more places. We anticipate that special screenings of this cult classic can bring audiences together to experience the wondrous world of Doctor Who on the big screen.”

Tickets for these special events will cost £12 and £8 (concessions) and are available exclusively from the venue websites here:

Doctor Who: Death in Heaven
Tuesday 4th November 7pm
Reardon Smith Theatre, Cardiff
www.chapter.org/doctorwho
029 2030 4400

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Monday 1st December at 7pm
Theatr Ffwrnes, Llanelli 
www.theatrausirgar.co.uk
0845 2263510

Doctor Who: The Sontaran; Stratagem & The Poison Sky
Tuesday 16th December 7pm
Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Denbighshire 
www.scalaprestatyn.co.uk
01745 850197

Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead 
Monday 12th January 7pm
Monmouth Savoy Theatre, Monmouth 
www.monmouth-savoy.co.uk
01600 772467

Doctor Who: Doctor Who Masque of Mandragora & The Prisoner 
Saturday 17th January at 7pm
Theatr Harlech, Snowdonia 
www.theatrharlech.com
01766 780667

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
Tuesday 27th January at 7pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth 
www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
01970 623232

For further information, please contact:
Fiona Lynch, BAFTA Cymru 
T 02920 223898
[email protected]