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THE DÆMONS

Director: Christopher Barry Producer: Barry Letts Broadcast: 22 May – 19 June 1971

Perhaps surprisingly, the traditional English village – quaint stone-built cottages arranged around a green with a country pub and centred on a long-standing church – has only rarely featured as a setting in Doctor Who. The few examples would include Devesham in 1975’s The Android Invasion (portrayed by East Hagbourne in Oxfordshire) and Leadworth in 2010’s The Eleventh Hour (Llandaff in Cardiff ), but the first was Devil’s End in The Dæmons, the final serial of the 1971 series.

The script by Robert Sloman and Barry Letts (credited to ‘Guy Leopold’) told of a village apparently plagued by manifestations of the Devil, but exposed by the Doctor ( Jon Pertwee) and his companion Jo Grant (Katy Manning) as the emergence of an ancient satyr-like alien, deliberately awoken from suspended animation and encouraged to bestow his powers to the Master (Roger Delgado). The search for a location suitable to double for Devil’s End in exterior filming was complicated by the requisite of a long barrow, an ancient Neolithic monument, to appear as the Devil’s Hump, site of an archeological dig in the story’s opening episodes.

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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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