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10/13/2004 04:23:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

October 13, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
An October 7 news item from Newsquest noted that a security company at the Penarth Leisure Centre guarding props and high-tech equipment being used to film the new Doctor Who series was almost broken into by a crowd of thugs. "Officers were called in to deal with an incident at the Leisure Centre last Friday night," Huw Smart, inspector at Penarth police station, said. "There is an ongoing problem of youth annoyance at the Leisure Centre in Cogan. We have arranged for regular patrols of the area."

The Western Mail and icWales ran an article about Cardiff hoping to become a tourist attraction now that Doctor Who is filming there. "DOCTOR WHO could help Cardiff become the centre of the universe for science fiction buffs around the world, following the sale of international TV rights. Shooting for the eagerly-anticipated new series continued in the capital this week, with dedicated websites excitedly trailing pictures of new aliens and blue-painted dwarves milling around the city centre's Cathays Park. And, according to experts, the city providing the backdrop to Christopher Eccleston's Doctor could soon benefit from a tourist boost. Cardiff is fast becoming a magnet for British fans of the show, drawn by the prospect of a rare glimpse of Doctor Who's space-and-time-travelling craft the Tardis, as well as his young assistant Rose, played by Billie Piper. And following the sale of the new series's rights to Canada, and with a deal in the US reportedly close to being finalised, that appeal could go global." Matt Hills, an expert in Doctor Who and fan behaviour at Cardiff University, told the Western Mail, "A similar thing happened with Vancouver when they were filming the X Files there, with tourists who would be science fiction fans going around locations where it was filmed." Read the full article at the website. (Thanks to Paul Engelberg, Steve Tribe)