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THE STONES OF BLOOD

Director: Darrol Blake Producer: Graham Williams Broadcast: 28 October – 18 November 1978

On receiving the scripts for the 100th Doctor Who serial, director Darrol Blake knew immediately the location he wanted for the story’s stone circle. Many years earlier he’d visited the ancient site of the Rollright Stones, standing on the border of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. Despite being a considerable distance from the village required by David Fisher’s script, the site had an appropriately liminal atmosphere. Blake was also impressed by its considerable topographical appeal – it was elevated in the landscape, allowing good sight-lines, and bordered by a small copse, permitting a variety of backgrounds in the centre of the monument.

This ancient complex consists of three separate elements. The King’s Men, dating from 2500-2000 BC, are an almost perfectly round arrangement of some 77 locally quarried megaliths, ranging in height from several inches to nine feet. A correlation between the fictional Nine Travellers of David Fisher’s story and the King’s Men is the belief that the stones cannot be easily counted. Early surveys describe between 22 and 105 uprights, although it’s evident that more than a third of the stones were repositioned during the site’s 1882 restoration.

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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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