Doctor Who-llywood’s £250m boost for the Valleys

Most of that money is being spent in Wales itself, said director general Tim Davie, who said the “inspired decision” to move the Tardis in 2004 had left a “tremendous legacy”.

Talking at the launch for the show’s Christmas special, he said: “In 2004 we decided to reboot Doctor Who in Wales.

“This was an inspired decision with a tremendous legacy we can be proud of – with at least a quarter of a billion pounds to the UK as whole, most of that being spent in Wales.

“That is extraordinary, and I think it’s down to the work of Russell and his producers.”

Russell T Davies has been the showrunner twice, once with Christopher Eccleston in 2004 and now with Ncuti Gatwa as the Time Lord.

Mr Davie said while the show may be expensive to make, the local dividends were immense.

He said: “When people say, ‘Oh, a television drama cost
£2million’, what that actually means is £2million goes into Cardiff, £2million to the drivers and the office staff and the hospitality, the hotels and the pubs and the bars.”

South Cardiff MP Stephen Doughty said: “It’s made a remarkable difference to my community.”

The Christmas special, with evil goblins in an eye-popping spaceship and a new Tardis, is on Christmas Day. The special effects have been enhanced with a reported £100million investment from Disney.

● Doctor Who, Christmas Day, BBC One, 5.55pm

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