If you have ever watched Doctor who and thought a you had seen that abbey before, it must have been Neath abbey. It was used in numerous episodes, “Beast Below”, “Vincent”, “Rebel Flesh”, “Almost People” and “Power of three”.
Why build a whole village, while there is one around anyways? That’s what the designers for Doctor Who, The Robots of Sherwood must have thought. The tourist medieval village of Cosmeston was used as Sherwood.
Stradey Castle is a very popular location for weddings and photoshoots, no wonder the Doctor Who production team used this location for “The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardwrobe”
Why not travel to a galaxy far, far away? There is one place filled with the most wretched scumm and villany on the planet, where you are able to find a captain bold enough to take you there. Mos Eisley spaceport ofcourse, filmed on the small Island of Djerba, Tunesia. The home of Obi Wan was also filmed there.
A national monument in the Tunesian dessert was again used in the Phantom Menace. The buildings in Ksar Hadada were supposed to be the small town of Mos Espa.
It has also become a Hotel.
Austria was very happy when the James Bond production choose Solden for the location of a major scene in “Spectre”. Location scouting brought the crew there for the unique building and the mountains (“Which look like a painting…”).
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In Star Wars – A New Hope, Han flies the Falcon over Yavin IV where he is checked by the rebels in a tiny tower. The location for this shoot is in The Americas in Tikal. The hidden rebel base is ofcourse the famous Maya tempel in Tikal.
Long before Harry Potter was filmed in Oxford and Sherlock was a popular TV show, Steven Spielberg and crew visited Brasenose College and Radcliffe square for a movie called “Young Sherlock Holmes”. Brasenose is used as “Brompton School”, which does not exist. Other location throughout England were used for filming.
The National Museum of Wales is a popular location for the Doctor Who team for filming. It has been used for such episodes as “Dalek” (2004) , “Planet of the Dead” (2009), “Vincent and the Doctor” (2009), “The Big Bang” (2010) and “The Lazarus Experiment”. This means that so far the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctor have been here…. waiting for you Peter….
Sarah Jane Smith has also been here for “Mona Lisa’s Revenge”, where the Mona Lisa comes to life and turns people into paintings and vice-versa. Mona Lisa is played by Suranne Jones, who also plays Idris -the Tardis- in Doctor Who.
Look at the bottom two pictures. The ‘squid’ can be seen in a shot and the entrance (door on the left) can be seen in Torchwood. The statue with the Medusa head on top of the stairs is visible in many episodes of Doctor Who (and Sarah Jane and Torchwood).