The BBC has been fiercely criticised after shooting an explosive battle scene for Doctor Who in the middle of the night, petrifying locals who were convinced they were under attack. The scene, which was being shot in Cardiff, Wales, for a Christmas special of the cult series, featured loud bangs, soldiers and tanks. A female guest at a nearby hotel says, "There were these military vehicles and guys in uniforms. There were cameras too. "I figured they might be a news crew. Later, there was an explosion. Troops with guns started shouting for people to 'get out of here!' "I ran from the window and ducked on to the bed. Explosions continued through the night and kept me up until 5am." The BBC insists it had informed the hotel in advance.