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Director: Richard Martin Producer: Verity Lambert Broadcast: 21 November – 26 December 1964

The future worlds of Doctor Who were originally constructed indoors, in the electronic studio. Nevertheless, at the end of its first year in production, the series mounted a story in which location filming was crucial in creating a convincing twenty-second century Earth, conquered by Daleks.

Since conributing his first two Doctor Who stories, The Mutants (aka The Daleks) (1963-64) and The Keys of Marinus (1964), Terry Nation had begun to write for ITC’s film series The Saint. This took up more of his time than Doctor Who, and paid better. Nation had already written one feature film – What a Whopper (1961), starring Adam Faith – but the influence of The Saint is evident in The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Nation suggests footage of Westminster Bridge, Nelson’s Column and other locations should be made by a ‘second unit’ when Doctor Who barely stretched to one film crew. Habituated by now to the use of stock footage in film series, he also suggested that shots of a deserted London could be lifted from Seven Days toNoon, a 1950 thriller in which London was threatened with destruction by means of a stolen nuclear warhead.

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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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