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When the Doctors warped into the West Country

Daniel Garrett

BBC News

Doctor Who in Aldbourne
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Jon Pertwee on location in Aldbourne in 1971

This Sunday at 18:45 BST, Doctor Who returns to BBC One in a new female incarnation played by Jodie Whittaker.

So to celebrate, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the many occasions over the years the long-running sci-fi series has been filmed here in the West Country.

Way back in 1971, the Third Doctor, played by Jon Pertwee, battled The Daemons in the Wiltshire village of Aldbourne. The story still holds a special place in the hearts of Doctor Who fans and has often been considered one its finest tales.

Doctor Who in Wookey Hole
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The Vogans in Somerset's Wookey Hole Caves in 1974

In 1974 for Tom Baker's first season as the Doctor, the cast and crew filmed in Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset for the story Revenge of the Cybermen. The caves doubled as the catacombs of the alien planet Voga - the home of the Cybermen's mortal enemies - the Vogans.

Doctor Who in Bristol
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Tom Baker and Louise Jameson filming on the roof of Imperial Tobacco in Bristol in 1977

Several years later, in 1977, Tom Baker came to Bristol with his companion Leela played by Louise Jameson to film The Sunmakers. The futuristic story was filmed partly on the roof of the Imperial Tobacco building in Hartcliffe which was demolished in 1998.

Doctor Who in Puzzlewood
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Matt Smith filmed his first ever story as the Doctor in Puzzlewood forest in 2009

And much more recently, in 2009, the eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, battled the Weeping Angels in Puzzlewood forest in the Forest of Dean. The location has also been used in Merlin, Harry Potter and Star Wars.

The galactic gown on display at V&A Dundee

The story behind a little-known masterpiece of Scottish design.
This stunning space dress was one of over a thousand costumes designed and created by Bafta-winning Scottish costume designer Trisha Biggar and her team on the Star Wars™ prequel films in the late 1990s.

Biggar's costumier career began after a family friend suggest she apply for a sewing gig at Pitlochry Theatre. 

It was a good move and led to work during the panto season at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh before eventually leading to an important job heading up the costume department at the Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow for ten years.

Her expertise in intricate period costumes meant it wasn't long before her talents were recognised by the film industry and she eventually caught the eye of George Lucas.

The V&A Dundee will display this costume for six month before it will move to its home at the The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, currently under construction in Los Angeles, California.