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Dr Who 50th Anniversary Special: The time-lord is closer to Cornwall than you may think

By WBEsme  |  Posted: November 23, 2013

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BBC One’s original cult fantasy programme, Dr Who, is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this evening.

Yet alongside traveling to far off lands such as Agora and Kinjana the time lord has visited Cornwall on several occasions too.

The early 1966 episode, The Smugglers, was filmed in several Cornish locations including Newlyn Harbour, Nanjizal, St Grada Church, Trethewey Farm, Trenethick Barton and Church Cove.

In the episode, which features the first doctor, William Hartnell, the time-lord and his companions Ben and Polly arrive in seventeenth century Cornwall to fight out a plot riddled with pirates and folk tales.

Sadly no film footage of this four part episode is known to exist, although scripts, still photographs and audio recordings have been recovered.

Filming returned to Cornwall in 1971 when Carclaze, near St Austell, was used as the location for shots in the four part episode, Colony in Space.

In this episode the third doctor, Jon Pertwee, and his companion, Jo, travel to the year 2472 and are caught up in a strange story revolving around farmers and mining.

Dr Who again returned to the St Austell area in 2011 to shoot The Curse of the Black Spot, the last episode filmed in Cornwall to date.

Current doctor, Matt Smith, and sidekicks Amy Pond and Rory Williams, become trapped on a pirate ship at the mercy of a powerful siren.

The exterior of the pirate ship was filmed in Cornwall and the episode was seen by 7.85 million viewers.

The 50th anniversary episode will screen tonight at 7.50pm on BBC One and to more than 1,500 cinemas across the world, including Australia, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.

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