Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos (1971)

 

Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) and Jo Grant (Katy Manning) © BBC

Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) and Jo Grant (Katy Manning) © BBC

 

Director: Michael Ferguson

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Roger Delgado, John Levene, Bernard Holley, Katy Manning

Production Company: BBC

Kent locations used: Dungeness

The Claws of Axos is a four part story of popular sci-fi show Doctor Who starring Jon Pertwee. The Doctor investigates claims by ‘Axons, who are the occupants of a mysterious object that has landed on Earth, to have a miracle substance that would end world famine. When he discovers an old enemy is involved, The Doctor becomes suspicious and must work with the UNIT team todrive the Axons from Earth. 

Jon Pertwee (Worzel Gummidge, Jackanory) stars as the third Doctor alongside Nicholas Courtney (Then Churchill Said to Me, Incendiary), Roger Delgado (The Battle of the River Plate, The Road to Hong Kong), John Levene (Permission to Kill, CanniBallistic!), Bernard Holley (Travels with My Aunt, Z Cars) and Katy Manning (The Go-Kids, When Darkness Falls). 

The production visited Dungeness to film the scenes where the Axon ship lands and The Doctor and UNIT team go to investigate. Dungeness Power Station doubled as the “Nuton power complex” in the third and fourth episodes of The Claws of Axos.

Dungeness is in the Shepway district of Kent and has a beautiful shingle beach with a mixture of old and modern homes, two lighthouses, a historic railway station and a Power Station. Dungeness is a popular film location and has been used for productions such as a Nicki Minaj music video (2012), The Poison Tree (2012) andThe Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2006).  

Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos was first shown in 1971 and is now available to buy on DVD. 

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For more information on filming in Kent contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information on Doctor Who visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/

For more information on Dungeness visit: http://www.dungeness.org.uk/

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