In Doctor Who Series 9 Episode 11, Heaven Sent, the Doctor spends almost the entire episode in a castle. Some of the shots of this castle could be CGI, but was any of it filmed in a real castle, and if so which real castle and where?

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IMDB lists one filming location

Black Hangar Studios, Hampshire, England, UK

However, the Heaven Sent Wikipedia Entry adds

Filming for the Castle interior scenes took place in Cardiff Castle and Caerphilly Castle, in addition to constructed sets

And further links to Rachel Talalay's1 tumblr entry Notes on Heaven Sent which includes the following information

We location-scouted castles: Caerphilly, Cardiff, St Donat’s (William Randolph Hearst’s house/castle in Wales, now a school), Castle Coch, Raglands, and Chepstow. Each had elements that could work, but we used only the first two — St Donat’s was a wish-list addition, but was ultimately difficult to shoot for the complicated scenes we were placing there.

1The director of the episode!

  • @Randal'Thor There are some nice photos of the space available at Black Hangar Studios too. Commented May 26, 2016 at 0:37
  • She almost certainly means Raglan Castle, not "Raglands". Commented Mar 7, 2023 at 8:16

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