Doctor Who's Tardis Lands In Wimbledon Again

Anniversary special to be filmed at local studios

A Doctor Who 50th anniversary special - An Adventure in Space and Time - will be made at Wimbledon Studios.

The Deer Park Road studios, once known as the home for ITV's The Bill, has recently played host to a huge number of TV, film and music stars.

Rap artist Dizzee Rascal filmed his latest video there only last month.

Now the team making the BBC's 90-minute special Dr Who show will use Wimbledon Studios as its base for its filming.

Other parts of Wimbledon have featured in the world-famous cult series. In 1966 the TARDIS materialised on Wimbledon Common in the episode The Massacre, featuring the first Doctor, played by William Hartnell.

And in 1973 for the Invasion of the Dinosaurs story, Jon Pertwee's Doctor drove through Wimbledon Common and just missed a dinosaur!

Exploring all aspects of the longest-running series to date, the anniversary special will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life since it started in November 1963.

Writer Mark Gatiss said: "This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original. And how an actor – William Hartnell – stereotyped in hard-man roles became a hero to millions of children. I've wanted to tell this story for more years than I can remember! To make it happen for Doctor Who's 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true."

January 11, 2013