Across more than 52 years, Doctor Who has filmed in some seriously impressive locations: Croatia, New York, Dubai, Paris, Canada, and of course the most exotic place of all: Cardiff. The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition takes an in-depth look at the varied places our favourite show has filmed in…
In its early days Doctor Who was recorded on cumbersome cameras tethered to claustrophobic and often inadequate studios. The show rarely escaped these confines in the 1960s, but as technology improved, producers and directors became more adventurous.
Location shooting has helped to create some of the most memorable episodes in the series’ long history. This unique publication tells the story of those serials – including The Abominable Snowmen, The Stones of Blood, Planet of Fire, and A Town Called Mercy – and the people who made them happen.
This 100-page magazine includes interviews with:
- Designer, Spencer Chapman (The Dalek Invasion of Earth);
- Production manager, Margot Hayhoe (Fury From the Deep, Castrovalva);
- Location manager, Nicky James (Night Terrors, The Bells of Saint John);
- Location manager, Iwan Roberts (A Good Man Goes to War, The Day of the Doctor);
- Producer, Marcus Wilson (A Town Called Mercy, The Angels Take Manhattan).
Elsewhere in this issue Andrew Pixley revisits the Portmeirion location shoot for The Masque of Mandragora, Matthew Kilburn celebrates Doctor Who’s greatest beloved quarries, and Alan Barnes meets some of the fans who are dedicated to location hunting. There’s a map showing alien invasions of the British Isles, guides to the European location shoots for City of Death and Arc of Infinity, and a trip behind the scenes of The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People (2011), which saw the cast and crew face treacherous conditions, helmed by an injured Julian Simpson, director. Editor, Marcus Hearn says:
“How important is location shooting to Doctor Who? And what do the programme’s locations tells us about the series? These are some of the questions we’ve tried to answer in this new Special Edition. This is the first time Doctor Who Magazine has dedicated a whole issue to location shooting. There’s a lot to write about, and some fantastic pictures that have never seen print before.”
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: On Location is out now, priced £5.99 in the UK, and $11.99 in the USA.