Doctor Who – Fields House

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Maybe the most scary location of all “Doctor Who” episodes is the one where we first meet the Weeping Angels. A “haunted house” like location where Sally is introduced to the Timelord and statues that come to life. At the time of filming (and some time after that), the house was creepy and very useful for the production of this episode.

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After 2010 however, the house was sold and renovated. Not much is left of the creepy building seen in “Blink” (the “Doctor Who” episode). But the crew returned to film the Christmas special “The Snowmen” here. Less scary, still snowmen coming to life is no picknick….

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It seemed they could do better, as they did in 2016, when they returned yet again to film “Knock, Knock” (S10, E04), aired in may 2017. The building ate young students who rented the rooms… creaky floorboards… flickering lights… yes, this house is still very scary…..

And the fun part, you too can stay here, check out this link to airbnb….

Not only was this location used for “Doctor Who”. Also “Sherlock” was filmed here after the renovation.

(Image: Charles Williams)
(Image: Charles Williams)

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The current owners liked the modifications the crew made to the bedroom, which was used for Irene Adlers room, so much, they left the wallpaper.

In 2020, the property came up for sale again for approx. €2 mln. Check out the website: https://www.mrandmrsclarke.com/property/the-fields-manor-fields-park-residences/

Doctor Who – Valencia

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In series 10 of Doctor Who, one of the locations used for filming is Valencia….The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (Arts and Science building) is a perfect location for the first human colony Gliese 581d. It is futuristic looking and the weather is sunny. There even is a wheatfield nearby (in reality this field is in Wales). Everything seems perfect… as long as you are happy….

Doctor Who – Rome Cinecittà Studios

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While usualy recorded in Wales (Cardiff), for the fouth season of the Doctor Who reboot, the crew traveled to Italy. The world famous Cinecittà Studios in Rome were used as the location for Pompeii. Fun fact is that the Doctor is actualy traveling to Rome and end up in Pompeii (which in reality now is Rome).

The location was used for only two days. A day and a night shoot. For the day shoot, exteriors of thee city like set were filmed. The night shoot was used for the destruction of pompeii by the volcano (the effects van arrived just in time for the crew to set-up all effects).

All other scenes were filmed back in Wales, where the weather was very different. A chalenge for the camera crew to match the look and feel of the lovely weather they had over in Italy.

In 2015 – 2016, this Italian studio was also used to film another version of “Ben Hur”. The big charriot scene amongst others used the large sets available here.

The “Doctor” in between takes.