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Hold the front page ... for Doctor Who

Jun 4 2005

Hannah Jones, Western Mail

 

THE Western Mail is making headlines again, but of a slightly different kind.

Tonight, Wales' national newspaper will feature in the latest installment of Doctor Who on BBC1.

In an episode called Boom Town, the Doctor is seen reading the paper.

Documenting an alien's rise to power in Wales, the front page of the "mocked up" Western Mail carries the headline, "New Mayor, New Cardiff".

It is this front-page coverage by the newspaper which tells the Doctor the alien is in town.

Writer Russell T Davies said he wanted to include a copy of the newspaper in the show to prove the modern version of the cult classic is made in Wales.

When the Swansea-born writer drew the blinds and shut himself away to write Doctor Who in his Cardiff Bay flat, he wanted to feature something that he felt summed up Wales - so he chose the Western Mail.

He said, "I read the Western Mail and I used it to make the show as Welsh as possible.

"We have had hundreds of people from Cardiff working on the programme, hosting venues, feeding the crew and appearing on camera and when a city works that hard, I like it to try and feature as much of it as I can."

 

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