a 15-year hiatus, everyone's favourite Time Lord has returned to our screens.
is back, this time played by Christopher Eccleston, and the nation's children
are once again spending Saturday teatime quivering behind the sofa.
wanting to miss out on the fun, we've researched/cobbled together some little-known
facts about Who in Gloucestershire which will intrigue fans of the series:
In 1980 a Doctor Who spin-off called K-9 and Company was filmed near Cirencester.
It featured the Doctor's erstwhile robot dog doing battle with a witches' coven.
It had a demented title sequence featuring K-9 perched precariously on a wall
while his friend Sarah Jane sped around the Cotswolds in a convertible Metro (see
link on left). It was not recommissioned.
The Doctor Who story The Hand of Fear, starring Tom Baker, was shot in Thornbury
and in a quarry in Wotton-Under-Edge (aka the planet Kastria).
Gloucester is home to Who fan club The Mind Robbers and the Offstage Theatre company,
who tour conventions performing Who-themed shows.
the story here.
Spaced and Shaun of the Dead star Simon Pegg, who grew up in Gloucester, plays
a villain called The Editor in the new Who series.
In 2004 daleks, sea devils and cybermen materialised at the GL1 leisure centre
for the BBC Experience event. See
the pictures here.
you make a monster?
of the original series have fond memories of the Doctor's alien foes: daleks,
autons, dinosaurs and a even a man made of liquorice allsorts (fact).
their evident cheapness and the occasional visibility of zips and eye-holes, they
scared the living daylights out of us.
our enthusiasm for these low-budget baddies that we at BBC Gloucestershire Online
decided to make our own adversary for the Doctor.
the limited resources at our disposal (three King Edwards and a biro) we created
Spudraxx (right), evil carbohydrate-based denizen of the Soil Planet.
is hell-bent on destroying all non-vegetable life-forms. He terrorises the galaxy
with his Starch Ray and has the ability to turn green if left lying around for
a long time.
a computer-enhanced impression of Spudraxx doing battle with the Doctor:
'menaces' the 'Doctor' |
Cheryl Brown, clearly pressed for time at work, made a monster out of office supplies.
The Adminstrator (right), this fearsome beast can:
Stand on his head to time travel to any day between 1995 and 2006.
Sharpen pencils by standing on them,
and er... sharpen Secretary's nails...
Fungus. Scarier than an orange...
and Gordon sent us this scary crittter, made from a mouldy apple, some tie-wraps
and a few safety pins.
It lives in the craters of an isolated moon near
to the place the Slitheen come from, and has the ability to suck the nutrients
out of an area and leave it de-energised and mouldy.
you think you can make a Dr Who monster email us a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll feature it on the website.
whatever comes to hand, keeping it cheap and cheerful (think toilet roll tubes,
us a bit about your creation: what it's called, what it's made of, where it comes
from, any special powers...and please don't spend too long on it!
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