How actor Ben Miller confused one great city for another on his way to play the Sheriff of Nottingham in Doctor Who.
Doctor Who guest star Ben Miller almost didn’t make filming in Cardiff – because he got off the train in Newport!
(Having been on that I can see if you’re not paying attention how that happens but still…)
The actor told the Radio Times in his Doctor Who diary: “My bag is packed, and on the train to Cardiff. Which is a shame, because I just got off at Newport.
“Basically I saw a castle and panicked. I forgot that every Welsh city has a castle, just like every English one has an Ikea.”
The mishaps didn’t stop there either, with the actor, who plays baddie the Sheriff of Nottingham, mistaking the Vale of Glamorgan’s Cosmeston Medieval Village for an impressive set.
“Somehow, from nowhere, an entire medieval village has been created in the Vale of Glamorgan. I can’t believe the budget.
“On a two-acre plot are at least a dozen wattle houses, kitted out with authentic cooking implements, with suitably ancient breeds of chicken pecking in the dust,” he noted.
“I sidle up to one of the crew. Amazing attention to detail, eh? He looks at me strangely. ‘It’s Cosmeston Medieval Village, Ben. It’s a theme park’.”
The sightseeing and confusion continued with a visit to Caerphilly Castle, where the cast were greeted by Whovians.
“Possibly one of the most exciting days of my life. We arrived at Caerphilly Castle to see hordes of extras thronging the gates,” added Miller.
“I check the call sheet, which lists the day’s business. No sign of a crowd scene. Have they changed the shooting order?
“My friend on the crew shakes his head. ‘Those aren’t extras. Those are the fans’.”
Caerphilly is only 10 km from downtown Cardiff, easily accessible by bus or train. I have done both.
But the journey had to come to an end, concluding with a day’s filming on set in the capital complete with a very real sword fight with Robin Hood (played by Da Vinci’s Demons’ Tom Riley).
Miller said: “The studios here in Cardiff rival anything I’ve see in the US, and we have spent the week shooting on colossal interiors with an army of crew.” (Wales Online)