It’s been a bad summer but no one expected heavy snow in south Wales at this time of year. But parts of Lafarge Cement UK’s Aberthaw works were buried under snowdrifts last week.
However, rather than a freak blizzard, the unseasonal weather was the product of the BBC’s special effects department. The fake flakes were created by a crew who had chosen the works to film scenes for the next series of Doctor Who.
Within hours the Lafarge works were transformed into an icy landscape. A crew of 50, plus extras, and the show’s stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate, were involved in the five-day filming session.
Victoria Elder, the site’s health, safety and environment coordinator, handled the liaison between Lafarge and the BBC: “Each on-site location was chosen to ensure minimal impact on our operations,” she said.
“They filmed in the motor stores, around the kiln stack and raw mill, and in some of the older parts of the site. Not that anyone will recognise any of it in the finished programme!
“It was a hectic week but it was very exciting to have Doctor Who here. The episode will be shown sometime next spring and we can’t wait to see it!”