Since Dylan Thomas penned the poem in 1952, the words of Do not go gentle into that good night have touched and transformed souls, and as sci-fi fans will witness The Doctor “rage, rage against the dying of the light” by regenerating into the 11th incarnation of the TV icon (to be played by Matt Smith) in an upcoming Christmas special of Doctor Who, it seems only fitting that David Tennant’s beloved version of the Time Lord has filmed one of his final scenes for the series at a favorite haunt of the famous Welsh poet, the Kardomah Cafe.
The Swansea eatery, which once welcomed members of the self-dubbed Kardomah Gang, has undergone its own evolution over the passage of time. Having suffered damage during World War II, the Castle Street location was changed to Portland Street, where the staff of the landmark diner was also awarded a glimpse of actress Catherine Tate, who once again stepped into the role of Donna Noble, one of The Doctor’s former traveling companions, the South Wales Evening Post revealed.
While filming in South Wales has been a common occurrence since the show’s revival, during David Tennant’s tenure as the 10th Doctor shooting for the series has provided its stars a chance to travel almost as much as the Time Lord himself, with filming locations ranging from The Globe Theatre for The Shakespeare Code, Rome for The Fires of Pompeii and the deserts of Dubai for portions of the recently-aired episode, Planet of the Dead.
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Following are photos of filming in Swansea city center: