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article imageDoctor Who team switch on Christmas lights

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 16, 2010 in Entertainment
Cardiff - Matt Smith, the eleventh Doctor from the BBC’s Doctor Who, and Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill – who play his companions Amy and Rory – were chosen to switch on this year’s Cardiff Christmas Lights.
Wales Online reports that, as well as the current TARDIS crew being in attendance, the event, which took place at King Edward VII Avenue late last week, included an evening of festive music – supplied by the soul band Supernatural – a visit from children’s favourites, Bob the Builder and Wendy and Spud, and a fireworks display.
Smith, 27, is the second Doctor Who to switch on Cardiff’s Christmas Lights –following in David Tennant’s footsteps, who did the honours in 2005.
BBC News covered a special signing session of Doctor Who DVDs, which was attended by Smith and Gillan ahead of the main event. Smith spoke at length to the assembled crowd about his time on the series and working and living in Cardiff. He said:
It’s a real honour to be asked to switch on Cardiff’s Christmas lights because the city has become like a second home to not only me, but the rest of the Doctor Who production team.
We love filming here in Wales and we even managed to get into the festive spirit extra early this year when filming the Doctor Who Christmas special in August.
Cardiff is a great city and I’d like to thank all of its residents for being so welcoming and accommodating.
The switching-on of the Cardiff Christmas lights is an annual affair, which has grown in popularity over the years. This year, marks the Tenth Anniversary of the city’s “Winter Wonderland” celebrations, which sees Cardiff’s Civic Centre turned into an open-air ice rink and fun fair.
A selection of photographs from the evening can be viewed courtesy of the Doctor Who News Page.
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