New York — on Doctor's orders
LLANELLI will be doubling up as New York in the latest Doctor Who episode to be filmed in the town.
The iconic Tardis landed among the gravestones at Box Cemetery last week, where the Doctor himself — Matt Smith — and other cast members filmed the latest episode in the sci-fi drama.
The team had just flown in from New York, and cemetery manager Graham Williams was informed that green screens would be used to superimpose the city's skyline.
"I was told the idea was to replicate Brooklyn Cemetery," he said.
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"They have been filming out there, and they came back to shoot some scenes here.
"They were in the middle of the Victorian section of the cemetery, so that must have been the period they were looking for.
"They didn't have to worry about modern buildings getting into shot from there."
Fans flocked to the cemetery once word got out about the celebrity arrivals, spotting Smith, Karen Gillan, as his companion Amy Pond, Arthur Darvill as Rory and Alex Kingston as River Song, as well as a Tardis — looking worse for wear — on set.
Many took to Twitter, revealing they had seen a Weeping Angel statue, one of the Doctor's many enemies, which had been kept under wraps between takes.
Mr Williams said: "The props were pretty visible, the main ones being the Tardis and a Weeping Angel. They tried to wrap them up while they were rehearsing and between shots, but, of course, once they started filming everyone could see them.
"For me it was surreal — I looked out of my window and the Tardis had appeared, which was a bit odd.
"It's something you have seen so many times on TV and suddenly it was there outside my window."
With crowds out up to 50 gathering at the cemetery, rumours soon began to circulate about the plot being filmed.
Many believe the Llanelli-shot scenes will revolve around the death of Amy but BBC officials have not confirmed the story-line.
Those watching were lucky enough to meet the cast, who took time out to chat with fans, and for Mr Williams it was his second run-in with the Doctor.
"I met him at a Rotary Club meeting the last time they were filming in Llanelli, and he remembered me," he said.
"I thought that was amazing — he must meet so many people.
"At the end of filming Matt ran along the crowds slapping everyone's hands, and on his way out he stopped the car to talk to a family.
"It was great. I think it will really raise the profile of the cemetery and Llanelli itself."