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Published on April 16th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

War Games Witnesses Wanted

The team behind the upcoming release of the Second Doctor epic finale The War Games have appealed for witnesses to the filming of the adventure’s trench scenes in West Sussex.

Starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, Wendy Padbury as Zoe, and Frazer Hines as Jamie, The War Games is a sprawling epic that finally reveals the Doctor’s origins as a Time Lord. Locations in the Sussex area were used as an American Civil War zone, a Roman zone and a First World War zone, wherein actual battles would be fought under the eye of the War Chiefs – renegade Time Lords…

Richard Bignell, producer of the featurettes, said: “For a number of years now, the BBC have been regularly releasing the old Doctor Who stories on DVD and in charge of producing them is a dedicated team of restoration experts, researchers and producers.

“As well as restoring the episodes themselves using modern equipment and techniques, we also put together a substantial set of extra material for each release, scouring the archives looking for deleted scenes, producing documentaries looking at how the stories were made, interviewing the people behind them and so on.

“Over the past few years, following appeals, we’ve had a number of successes in tracking down some wonderful photographic and 8mm film material taken by members of the public showing the production of these old stories, which we’ve been able to feature on the DVDs, and we’re hoping that readers of the West Sussex Gazette may be able to turn up some treasures as well.”

Location shoots have been recorded as taking place at the Underhill Lane bridlepath in Clayton on March 28 and 30, 1969 and High Park Farm, Ditchling Road, Stanmer, on March 31 with both areas doubling for areas in the American Civil War zone.

Other locations include the Sheepcote rubbish tip in Wilson Avenue, Brighton; Seven Sisters Country Park at Exceat, Seaford; Birling Manor Farm at East Dean; and a lane in West Dean, all in East Sussex, during March and April 1969.

Anyone with treasures such as those described above should contact Richard Bignell at rbignell@blueyonder.co.uk or by post at 11 Buxton Close, Chatham, Kent, ME5 8UP.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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