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HOUSE OF EVIL

A distinctive, if eerie, location enabled the Doctor Who production team to create memorable sequences of Daleks stalking a Gothic mansion...

On Thursday 20 April 1967, filming began on The Evil of the Daleks, the epic finale to Doctor Who’s fourth series. The location was Grim’s Dyke, a Victorian house iHarrow some 11 miles from Television Centre.

“The place was in a really bad state,” recalls production designer Chris Thompson. “There were real issues with the building. There were places that we weren’t allowed to go because it was too dangerous...”

In the story, the house belongs to Professor Maxtible (Marius Goring). The time is June 1866 and the place is somewhere near Canterbury. In fact Grim’s Dyke was built between 1870 and 1872, designed by architect Norman Shaw for the painter Frederick Goodall. Shaw had already made his name pioneering a particular style of old English house with a Gothic influence – evident at Grim’s Dyke in distinctive Gothic arches. After the Goodall family sold the house in 1880, it passed to the banker Robert Herriot and then to composer WS Gilbert – of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. He had the boating lake constructed, in which he swam every day and in which he died in 1911. His widow lived on at Grim’s Dyke until her death in 1936, after which the house was put up for auction and became a rehabilitation centre for people suffering from tuberculosis.

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In its early days, Doctor Who was recorded on cumbersome cameras tethered to claustrophobic and often inadequate studios. The show rarely escaped these confines in the 1960s, but as technology improved, producers and directors became more adventurous. Location shooting has helped to create some of the most memorable episodes in the series’ long history. In this unique publication, new features, exclusive interviews and rare images tell the story of those episodes and the people who made them happen.
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