Doctor Who

  • Dr Who at Caerphilly Castle © BBC America

    Dr Who at Caerphilly Castle © BBC America

  • Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Robin (Tom Riley) and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi).

    Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Robin (Tom Riley) and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi).

  • The Doctor Who crew filming in Caerphilly Castle's inner ward

    The Doctor Who crew filming in Caerphilly Castle's inner ward

  • The Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Miller)

    The Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Miller)

  • Robin (Tom Riley) and The Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Miller)

    Robin (Tom Riley) and The Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Miller)

  • The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Miller)

    The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Miller)

The much-loved BBC sci-fi drama returned to TV screens in 2005, and millions of viewers have tuned in to watch successive Doctors Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi save the universe from malevolent monsters.

In this new incarnation of the programme — which is produced by BBC Wales — the TARDIS has touched down at a wide variety of Welsh locations, including some of Cadw’s most spectacular sites. 

The following is a quick guide to how you can follow in the Doctor’s footsteps at our captivating castles — and enjoy your own adventures in time and space!

Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle has been home of the 'Gangers' ('The Rebel Flesh'/'The Almost People'), the headquarters of UNIT ('The Power of Three') and the interior of the Calvierri house ('The Vampires of Venice'). This thirteenth-century fortress also hosted a spectacular archery tournament involving the Doctor and Robin Hood ('Robot of Sherwood').

Adventures filmed here:

  • Robot of Sherwood
  • Nightmare in Silver
  • The Bells of St John
  • The Power of Three 
  • The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People
  • The Vampires of Venice
  • The End of Time
  • The Doctor’s Meditation/The Magician’s Apprentice

Castell Coch

Onscreen, Castell Coch has been transformed into Natty Longshoe's Comical Castle ('Nightmare in Silver') and a German castle that's really a secret UNIT base ('Journey's End').

Adventures filmed here:

  • Nightmare in Silver
  • The Vampires of Venice
  • Journey’s End

Chepstow Castle

Chepstow Castle hosted a special event in Doctor Who history, as it was here that the Doctor married Elizabeth I in the 50th anniversary special ('The Day of the Doctor').

Adventures filmed here:

  • The Day of the Doctor
  • The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People