Russell T. Davies, the creator/saviour of Doctor Who 2005, is apparently going to make Cardiff look like a beautiful televisual modern city (on a par with what Queer As Folk apparently did for Manchester) with the forthcoming episode Boomtown.
I’m not too sure whether this is going to work, because in my mind, the only televisually-beautiful and modern part of Cardiff is the Wales Millennium Centre and the plaza immediately in front of it. Even then, the building itself can be accused of being a bit too obvious.
The other much-lauded parts of modern Cardiff, frankly, are terrible. Mermaid Quay just feels too modern and designed like a shopping mall, designed to sell people stuff as quickly as possible. Atlantic Wharf would be paradise for an American mall-teen but otherwise is just too modern and geared towards selling things – the only thing you can do in there that’s free is walk in and out.
There are things that can be said for historical Cardiff but to my mind none of them seem as grand as the buildings dotted around Edinburgh. Although people have told me to just look up to see the wonders of architectural Cardiff.
Then again, given the wonders that Doctor Who 2005 has brought – who would have thought that Doctor Who could not only come back but conquer Saturday night TV in a multi-channel digital age? – I’m fully prepared to eat my words when I catch Boomtown. Although, sods law being what it is, all my Saturday nights seem to have been booked up since Doctor Who started. Bet you that as soon as it ends, Saturday nights will be bereft and lonesome again.