Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos (1971)

Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) and Jo Grant (Katy Manning) holding hands running across a muddy floor.

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 (1971) is a four-part serial from 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 to drive 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 (Oakie’s Outback Adventures, 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 The Poison Tree (2012) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2006).

Doctor Who – The Claws of Axos (1971) first aired on BBC1 from Saturday 13th March to Saturday 3rd April 1971 and is now available to buy on DVD. 

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Doctor Who – The Dominators (1968)

Patrick Troughton at Doctor Who standing in the tardis facing a man who has his back to the camera

Patrick Troughton at Doctor Who © BBC

Director: Morris Barry
Starring: Patrick Troughton, Giles Block, Wendy Padbury, Frazer Hines and Arthur Cox
Production Company: BBC
Kent Locations Used: Wrotham Quarry

The Dominators (1968) is a five-part story of popular sci-fi show Doctor Who, starring Patrick Troughton. The Doctor and his companions, Jamie and Zoe, land on the planet of Dulkis to find the Dominators and the Quarks, their robotic servants, enslaving the peaceful Dulcians. Can the trio help the natives and prevent the Dominators from destroying the planet?

Patrick Troughton (The Omen, Jason and the Argonauts) stars as the second Doctor alongside Giles Block, Wendy Padbury (The Blood on Satan’s Claw, Freewheelers), Frazer Hines (Two Days in the Smoke, Emmerdale) and Arthur Cox (She-Wolf of London, Partners in Crime).

The production visited Wrotham Quarry which doubled as the surface of Dulkis.

Screenshot at Wrotham Quarry screenshot - a man standing with the Quarks behind him

Screenshot at Wrotham Quarry screenshot © BBC

Wrotham Quarry is located in the Addington and was formerly known as Olley Sand Pit, used for producing sand for the glass industry. The Quarry is still active today and part of Hanson Aggregates.

The Tonbridge and Malling area has been chosen as a film location by productions including Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Missing (2010) and Cape Wrath (2007).

Doctor Who: The Dominators (1968) began airing on Saturday 10th August 1968 and is now available to buy on DVD.

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Doctor Who – The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964)

William Hartnell as Doctor Who in a suit staring away from the camera

William Hartnell as Doctor Who © BBC

Director: Richard Martin
Starring: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, Jacqueline Hill and William Russell
Production Company:BBC
Kent Locations Used: St John’s Hole Quarry

The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964) is a six part story of popular sci-fi show, Doctor Who, starring William Hartnell. The Doctor and his three companions, Ian, Barbara and Susan, land in havoc wreaked London during the 21st century only to discover that the Daleks have invaded earth. This is the second appearance of the Doctor’s greatest enemies, where he will attempt to send the Daleks back to their planet and save earth.

William Hartnell (Carry On Sergeant, Escape) stars as the first Doctor alongside Carole Ann Ford (The Day of the Triffids, Moonstrike), Jacqueline Hill (Paradise Postponed, The Six Proud Walkers) and William Russell (The Great Escape, Coronation Street).

The production visited St John’s Hole Quarry in Dartford, now Bluewater, which doubled as the entrance to the mines where prisoners have to work.

Dartford is a historic town with boasts great travel links and has a variety of shopping facilities, hotels and parks. Productions such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010), The Inbetweeners (2010) and Wasp (2003) have been filmed in the Dartford area.

Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964) began airing on Saturday 21st November 1964 and is now available to buy on DVD.

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