Battersea Power Station – UK

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The largest brick build building in Europe, this Grade II listed “power station” can be seen in many films and tv shows. Constructed in the 1930’s but closed down in 1983, this iconic building was very suitable for a mystery in “Sherlock” (tv show), many episodes of the Original pre 2005 “Doctor Who” (which was recorded in and around London at that time). But also Hitchcock’s “Sabotage” was filmed here as well as “The Meaning of Life” from the Python boys.

Pink Floyd photographed here for the cover of “Animals” with a large inflateable pink pig. The pig broke loose and got in the flyway of Heathrows planes. This produced much publicity for Pink Floyd and the Power Station.

The Station has been bought by a Malaysian company in 2012 and has been turned into appartments. In 2020 a tube station with the same name will be opened nearby. Also in the “new” Battersea Power Station, there is room for many offices, Apple has a space here as well.

Iconic as this building is, it is sure to turn up in many other productions….

Doctor Who – Neath Abbey

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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”.

Neath Abbey

Doctor Who – Cosmeston Medieval Village

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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.

Sherwood/Cosmeston

Doctor Who – Stradey Castle

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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”

officicial site

Doctor Who – National Museum of Wales

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National Museum Wales

 

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Site

Doctor Who – Dunraven Bay

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The Tenth Doctor (and his clone) return to Bad Wolf Bay in various episodes of “Doctor Who”. In the series the location of this beach is in Norway, but it was filmed only 20 miles to the west of Cardiff.

The Tenth Docter uses Dunraven Bay in “Army of Ghosts”, “Doomsday” (2006) and “Journeys End” (2008).

But even the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, has been here in “The Time of Angels” and “Flesh and Stone” in 2009.

 

Dunraven Bay

Doctor Who – Llansannor Court

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The building used for Agatha Christie’s house in the Doctor Who episode “The Unicorn and the Wasp” is Llansannor Court. Another nice movie fact is that the father of David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) has a very small cameo appearance in this episode. Also, Felicity Jones stars in this episode. Much later she will play a much larger part, Jyn Erso in “Rogue One”. An episode to watch, for sure.

Doctor Who – Margam Country Park

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When the ATMOS device is about to take over the world, the BBC is filming at  Margam Country Park, where the lovely countryhouse is used as the Rattigan Academy.

Margam Country Park

Doctor Who – Morlais Quarry

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It is  hard to film an episode in a town before total destruction takes place, like in the town of Pompeii. For the “Fires of Pompeii” episode of Doctor Who, the production team went to Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, where Morlais Quarry was used for the background of this historical Italian town.

Morlais Quarries booked for filming

Doctor Who – Wells Cathedral

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The “Lazarus experiment”, where Dr Lazarus discovers the secret to eternal life…in Somerset. Wells Cathedral was used for filming.
http://www.wellscathedral.org.uk/