Pertwee was the incumbent Time Lord and the picturesque Wiltshire
village was chosen as the location for the spooky five-part story,
Doctor travels to Devil's End to investigate the ancient secret
of the Devil's Hump, a mysterious burial mound. The Doctor’s nemesis,
The Master, is also there, masquerading as the local Vicar. Using
the powers of black magic, he hopes to invoke the powers of the
satyr-like alien Azal the Daemon and take over the world.
Manning as Jo & Jon Pertwee as the third Doctor
the filming of "The Daemons" took place 31 years ago, it still has
a special place in the hearts of Doctor Who fans and has often been
considered one of the finest tales in the series’ unprecedented
twenty-six year run.
Who conventions have been held in the village, fans have made pilgrimages
to the area over the years and some of the actors even returned
in 1992 to film a special retrospective video.
resident, Marion Deuchars, fondly remembered the Doctor Who production
team descending on the village for filming.
said: "It was such great fun. Much of the filming centred on the
village green next to where I lived and the crew would use my house
to go to the bathroom! Jon Pertwee was a great friend of mine as
I had done some acting with him during the war."
also admitted she had something of a crush on the dashing actor.
just made ones heart go bang, bang, bang," she laughed.
thank Marion for her assistance during filming, she was given a
blink-and-miss-it role in the last episode as a frightened villager.
model of St Michaels Church in Aldbourne was blown up at the
climax of "The Daemons"
episode culminated with the village church being destroyed. This
was achieved via some rather effective modelwork, something the
modestly budgeted Doctor Who was not usually renowned for.
viewers however, perhaps found the scene a little too realistic.
knew a local girl who wanted to get married in the village church,"
said Marion. "When she mentioned this to her fiancée’s father he
said ‘you can’t. It was blown up in Doctor Who!’ He was convinced
it had been destroyed."
the story was filmed in the spring of 1971, England’s typically
unpredictable weather threatened to hamper production.
Manning who played the Doctor’s naïve but loyal assistant Jo Grant
recalled the obstacles the production team faced.
vaguely remember waking up the morning we were going to film a scene
involving a ‘heat barrier’ and the area was covered in snow!" she
said. "We always had to deal with problems like that."
weather conditions aside, Katy found the villagers more than welcoming.
said: "The villagers were absolutely delightful. They had their
village completely taken over but they loved it, we were mobbed!"
now lives in Australia and although she returns to England on a
regular basis she regrets never returning to Aldbourne.
was never able to get to the reunions," she said. "I’d love to come
back one day, the countryside was absolutely beautiful. Jon and
I also went off one afternoon and had the best time at Avebury.
We were always going off on little adventures."
also remembered that there was a degree of consternation from the
clergy after the story was televised.
suppose it was quite frightening for children. You had churches
being blown up, the villain posing as a kindly vicar and me, the
hapless heroine nearly being sacrificed to ‘the devil’. It didn’t
go down too well with people of the cloth."
Nicholas Courtney who played series regular, the gruff military
man Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, remembers the story mainly because
it is famous for containing one of the Brigadier’s most immortal
said: "My character ordered one of his soldiers to fire at a monster
with the line, ‘Jenkins! Chap with wings there, five rounds rapid!’."
fans, the line became so synonymous with the character of the Brigadier
that Nicholas actually titled his memoirs ‘Five Rounds Rapid’.
is a regular face on the Doctor Who convention circuit and following
the death of Jon Pertwee, he took over as honorary president of
the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.
Blue Boar pub became "The Cloven Hoof" for the story.
said that filming next to The Blue Boar pub in the village, renamed
‘The Cloven Hoof’ for the story was quite convenient after a long
days filming. There was even the opportunity to work a reference
into the script.
the end of the story one of the characters jokingly asked the Brigadier
if he fancied a dance around the maypole. Motioning towards the
pub, my character said that he’d much prefer a pint!"
agreed that the story was a classic Doctor Who and is certainly
one of the most enjoyable stories he worked on.
just what is it about "The Daemons" that still interests
people all these years later?
Deuchars summed up what she felt made this particular Doctor Who
said: "It was one of the classics. It was so different, no Daleks
or spaceships. It was entirely to do with this little English village
and the whole thing was just such great fun."