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Published on September 16th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

Who Goes There?

Written by Nick Griffiths, Who Goes There is the must have book for all Doctor Who fans eager to drop in on the locations that made alien worlds and ancient and future history.

A feature on Wales Online carries a few words by the author, but despite his credentials, he can’t be that much of a fan – after all:

“I once had the original Hand of Fear prop from the original series but my son dropped it and all the fingers fell off”

Like you would let that happen. However I digress.

It’s not just the old serials of the ’60s and ’70s that inspired him.

“I went to see the locations from some of my favourite new episodes, like the one with the living statues called Blink, which was the best of the new series.

“That was filmed in a bizarre gothic house in Newport, which is just around the corner from St Woolos cemetery, which was also featured in the episode.

“But then in Wales you can throw a rock and hit four Doctor Who filming locations.”

Of course, classic Doctor Who was also filmed on location, particularly in and around Wales.

When he went looking for one of the old mines that featured in the 1970s story The Green Death, he found it had completely vanished.

“The Green Death, which a lot of people remember because it featured giant maggots, was filmed partly in Ogilvie Pit.

“I came down to Wales and stayed with an old college friend, who lives in Bargoed.

“We went out in search of several locations and the last was Ogilvie. Unfortunately, it has since been filled in and is now a country park.

“So while it was very pleasant to be sitting in a car with my old friend enjoying the evening and the great peaceful outdoors, there wasn’t much of a sense of Doctor Who about it.

I dunno, you could take some sleeping bags down and wriggle about on the grounds of the park!

Due for release in October, Who Goes There is currently available from Amazon for £5.99, a saving of two pounds on the RRP.

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About the Author

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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