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Wales is a British nation whose capital and largest city Cardiff, sits on a time rift (DW: The Unquiet Dead, etc.) and is the home of Torchwood 3 (TW: Everything Changes, etc.).

For more on these topics, see Torchwood 3 and Cardiff Rift.

Torchwood 3's Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones were both of Welsh nationality (Gwen's family came from Swansea.) as was Gwen's husband, Rhys Williams. Wales was also the location of Aberystwyth University (TW: Random Shoes).



19th century

Torchwood 3 was founded in 1885.

20th century

Throughout the century (if not before), the inhabitants of Brynblaidd in the Brecon Beacons mountain range secretly indulged in murder and cannibalism. (TW: Countrycide)

In 1959, a Navarino group together with the Doctor and Melanie Bush crashed at Shangri-La holiday camp in Wales. (DW: Delta and the Bannermen)

During the 1970s, the Doctor and Jo Grant, both of whom worked for UNIT at the time, visited the small Welsh mining town of Llanfairfach as well as Wholeweal, a small countercultural commune nearby. (DW: The Green Death)

Notable people from Wales

Other information

  • Ianto Jones posed as the Welsh ambassador to Switzerland (with Gwen as his wife) to gain entrance to the Lord Hadron Collider's gala opening and investigate alien activity Large Hadron Collider there. (BBCR: Lost Souls)

Behind the Scenes

  • Location filming for DW: The Abominable Snowmen and DW: The Five Doctors were filmed in desolate-looking areas of North Wales while outside shooting filming DW: The Masque of Mandragora was done in Portmeirion, also in North Wales.
  • Since its revival in 2005, production of Doctor Who has been based in Wales, specifically the Cardiff region, with all but a handful of episodes filmed exclusively in the region. Several episodes such as The Unquiet Dead and Boom Town have been explcitly set in Cardiff.
  • The two BBC spinoffs, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures are completely produced in Wales as well, with the former actually taking place in and around Cardiff.
  • Production of the franchise is currently headquartered out of Upper Boat Studios, a production facility located in a bedroom community of Cardiff.

See Also

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Most people in the United States associate Wales with Prince Charles; or with other famous sorts in the news. Other stereotypes include pit boots, singing, sheep and pointy hats. But Wales is a country as ancient as the Celtic nations that surround it.

I hope you enjoy my bit of Wales...

Introduction to Wales:

Wales is one of the countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Wales has a land area of just over 8,000 square miles, and is 60 miles wide and 160 miles long. There are extensive mountain ranges that are mixed with river valleys coming from the center of the upland. Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain at 3,650 feet. The coastline of Wales is actually 750 miles long.

Wales has a turbulent history - neighboring England was occupied by the Romans for 400 years, but the Welsh eluded this domination. Their history of invasion has left Wales with more castles per square mile than any other country in Western Europe.

English is spoken for the most part by the Welsh, although there are efforts to see that the Welsh language is still used. However, the percentage of Welsh-speaking people in Wales is only at 20%. "Cymraeg" is the Welsh language, and it derives from the Celts. However, it has a distinct Indo-European structure (with verbs coming at the beginning of sentences, with a lot of emphatic repetitions).

The population of Wales (as of 2005) numbers three million.

The background of the Welsh flag displays the national colors of green and white. These colors were worn in battle during the Middle Ages by Welsh soldiers. The symbol of the leek (also green and white) was pinned to the military uniforms. It is said that during a battle between the Welsh and the Saxons, they fought in a field of leeks. The Welsh consider the dragon as their national symbol, but they also recognize the leek and the daffodil.

History of Welsh Food:

Wales is a country that is home to many small farms. Sheep farming is very common near the mountain ranges, and dairy farming is more likely to be near to land around the coast. The origin of Welsh food has its roots deep in their Celtic background and tradition.

Oats were a staple food of the ancient Welsh, and pork was a common meat used in old Wales. Lamb also became a national specialty, but only on special occasions and holidays. Bacon became an essential food item, and it was a mainstay in many Welsh households.

Vegetables included leeks and cabbage, and these items formed the basis for the national dish called "Cawl." This word means both "soup" and "broth" in Welsh, but this is actually a one-pot meal that includes bacon, bits of lamb, cabbage, new potatoes and leeks not fully cooked. Of course, variations of "Cawl" differ from one region in Wales to the next. The "Cawl" is traditionally cooked in an iron pot over an open fire.

Another favored dish by the Welsh was called "tatws rhost", which is no more than thick slabs ("rashers") of bacon, cooked over slices of potato, and seasoned with spring onions and a bit of water. This dish was cooked over the fire, and was a simple but filling meal.

Fishing was an important industry in Wales, and along the coast there were shoals of herring and mackerel. These plentiful fish were simply fried in bacon fat, roasted, or salted and preserved. Other common fish-foods were oysters and cockles. In ancient times, fishermen used a "coracle" to catch their fish. The "coracle" was a simple, circular boat small in size, which was actually nothing more than a wicker frame sealed with boiling pitch.

Edible seaweed, known as "laver", is another food item found in Wales. (It is only available in Wales and certain parts of Scotland and Ireland). The "laver" is used in "bara lawr" (Laverbread), where it is usually dusted with oatmeal and then warmed in bacon fat. This bread is normally served at breakfast or supper.

Meals in Wales tended to center around the main occupation of the head of the household. In the north of Wales, there was a dish known as "swper chwarel" (quarry supper), which was generally eaten at five in the afternoon. The Welsh were also very fond of "crempog" (pancakes oozing with butter); and "bara pyglyd" (pikelets, similar to crumpets, that have spongy holes in them to absorb the butter). Welsh butter is highly salted, but it was also a firm preference.

Other common Welsh meals were "sucan" (milled-oats gruel) and sheep's head broth. A typical Welsh breakfast might include eggs and bacon, oddly served with laverbread and cockles.

Welsh food is as diverse as the country itself, full of extremes and contrasts. In their history, the Welsh traditionally cooked outdoors, or over huge fireplaces. The leek is an absolute mainstay in Wales, as it is a root that is indigenous to the country. The various foods of Wales reflect its own long history.

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