Doctor Who – Cardiff – Temple of Peace

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The “Temple of Peace” in Cardiff, Wales, has been used for several “Doctor Who” episodes (as well as Sherlock, since both are being recorded in Wales). Close to the BBC Wales studios

On September 18 and 19 2007, the crew used the Temple for the episode “The Fires of Pompeii”. Exteriors were actualy filmed in Italy, but for the location where the Sisterhood worships the Pyrovile creature, a closer location to the studio was chosen.

It was a familiar location, since the crew used the Temple beginning of October 2004. “The end of the World” also used interiors recorded at the Temple of Peace. The conference halls were transformed into “Platform 1”, an alien spaceship 5 billion years into the future.

In 2006, another episode on “Platform 1” was written, so the crew returned to the Temple in September to film the scenes. But the Temple did not just stand in for the Platform, it also was used as the Hospital where “The Face of Boe” passed away (New New York).

 

Broadchurch – Clevedon

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Broadchurch location (Pier not seen in series), Clevedon

Clevedon Pier

A small community is about to be torn apart when a young boy is murdered. This exciting Brittish story was set in a small seaside town in the south of England. Most scenes were filmed in Clevedon (for season 1, 2 and 3).

The marine lake, with its stunning view over the Bristol Channel is the setting for the boat burning in series 1.

The Church used throughout the series is St. Andrews Church and cemetery. It is Clevedon’s oldest church (12th century).

The interior of Jack Marshall’s newsagent’s is not a set, but a real store. Alexandra News (on Alexandra Road) provided the property.

Hill Road is Broadchurch’s High Street. With Number 22, the Hotel (Trades), where David Tennant stays. In fact, this used to be a Llods bank (although people did try to book a room or table at the Hotel while te crew was filming in Clevedon). Interiors were filmed at Walton Park Hotel, a little further down the coast.

Other locations in the area uses are Poet’s Walk, Wain’s Hill, Clevedon Pill, Marshall’s Field and Bank.

The Clevedon Pier was not used for Broadchurch (possibly because it is so iconic and people might recognise it immediately). One Direction used it for one of their videos (You and I, 2014) and also Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield  were filmed here for “Never Let me Go” (2010).

Doctor Who – Dubai

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A long way from the usual filming location in Wales, the Doctor Who crew went to Dubai for filming one of the last specials with David Tennant as the Doctor. The “Planet of the Dead” special was chosen to be filmed in Dubai because the emirate had a substantial film infrastructure and provided a unique location that was too expensive to create using CGI was unavailable in the UK.