BBC Upper Boat Studios

Unit 1/2, Tonteg Road, Treforest Industrial Estate, Upper Boat, Pontypridd, CF37 5UA

A former seatbelt factory which was leased by the BBC as a TV drama production studio from 2006-2012, and now reverted back to industrial uses. 

The studios were officially opened on 27 July 2006 for the purpose of filming Doctor Who and it’s spin-offs (including Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures).

In 2012, production was moved to the new BBC Wales Drama Production Centre at Roath Lock Studios. [Press Release].

The 86,000 square foot facility at Upper Boat included workshops, video editing suites, six sound stages and a props store.

There was high security at the site with no public access or tours.


Productions shot at BBC Upper Boat Studios

TV Series (3)

TitleReleasedCreator / ShowrunnerIMDB
The Sarah Jane Adventures2007-2011VariousIMDB Database page about The Sarah Jane Adventures
Doctor Who (new)2006 - VariousIMDB Database page about Doctor Who (new)
Upper Boat Studios used as the base for Doctor Who from Series 3 to midway through Series 7.
Torchwood2006VariousIMDB Database page about Torchwood