A special screening event celebrating 10 years since Doctor Who was revived and went into production at BBC Wales will be held tomorrow (14th May) in New York.
The anniversary celebration will be hosted by BAFTA Cymru in partnership with BAFTA New York, BBC America and Cardiff Business Council, and will offer 220 industry guests a big-screen showing of Series 8’s Listen, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the show’s current lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, who said:
“I loved Doctor Who on screen, long before I ever worked on it, just as I loved New York in the movies long before I ever got to go there. It will be a pleasure to combine both fantasies.”
Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru, said:
“We are very excited to be co-hosting this celebratory event in New York, which will be an opportunity to showcase the talent, skills, locations and innovation of the Welsh creative industries talent working on the Doctor Who series in Wales.
“With millions of fans around the world, and significant viewing figures in the US on BBC America, we felt the 10 year anniversary was a great occasion to toast the team behind the franchise, and offer US industry practitioners an insight into the way the series has developed, as well as an overview of the creative industries sector in Wales.”
Charles Tremayne, Chairman of BAFTA New York, said:
“Doctor Who is such an iconic part of British television culture that it’s always a privilege to celebrate it’s enduring success here in New York. The last 10 years since the re-launch in Cardiff have been among the most memorable of its many years on air. Apart from some great backstage stories, it will be great to hear from Steven how they keep Doctor Who so fresh and part of the zeitgeist around the world.”
Preceding the screening, Cardiff Business Council will host a reception to promote the capital city as the gateway to Wales, a country that has seen significant increases in production of film, television, games and commercials in recent years.
Cardiff Business Council Chairman Nigel Roberts said:
“Cardiff is an international Capital City and we are delighted to take our place on the world stage at every opportunity to promote our Capital City Region and the whole of our country, Wales.
Creative Industries forms a big part of our successful economy and we want Cardiff to be like the Doctor ‘at the centre of the universe’! We are proud to be the home of Doctor Who and we are looking forward to meeting with the movers and shakers of New York at this prestigious event.”
Ken Poole, Head of Economic Development for the City of Cardiff Council and Director, Cardiff Business Council, said:
“Working with our partners in the Business Council, the Council is committed to raising our international profile to instigate investment to the Welsh Capital. We have an excellent track record in attracting the creative industry to Cardiff, with the success of the Doctor Who Experience, Sherlock, Torchwood and Casualty, as well as the recent news that Pinewood has set up in Cardiff.
“The creative industry is the fastest growing sector in Wales. Around a third of all Welsh creative industry jobs are based in Cardiff, with over 6,000 jobs in the capital. We will continue to embrace every opportunity to show what Cardiff has to offer, further establishing the fastest growing European Capital City on the world stage.”
The event will be one of 60 that BAFTA Cymru will be hosting in 2015 as part of its year-round programme of screenings and learning events.
For information regarding BAFTA Cymru membership and events programme please see www.bafta.org/wales.