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Doctor Who thing of the day: covering Cardiff in alien goo?

Best headline I’ve seen in ages (from Express.co.uk):


I am intrigued. More:

In a little bit of television history newly released correspondence gives a fascinating insight into just how Cardiff has become the perfect setting for Doctor Who.

One bizarre request reveals that the show’s producers once requested of local councillors: “We’d like to cover the city in bubbling blue goo.”

It seems it was no problem. The council even made a cherry picker available so workers could put the blue gel all over the city’s street lights.

So now the question is: Why didn’t Cardiff get covered in bubbling blue goo? I would like to see this, please.

I wonder if this is connected to the strange story I highlighted recently about Cardiff Council’s refusal to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request for documents about Doctor Who. Did they finally comply?

Still: bubbling blue goo. How could this be a bad thing?

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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