Twitter user Ryan Farrell has posted two very interesting and spoilery pictures from today’s Doctor Who fiftieth anniversary filming, which we’ve reshared behind spoiler protection just in case you don’t want to see them!
The photo on the left shows the front gate of I.M. Foreman’s junkyard at 76, Totter’s Lane, where schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright pushed their way inside the TARDIS after following Susan Foreman, one of their students at Coal Hill School, home in the very first episode of Doctor Who that was broadcast on November 23, 1963. “I. Chesterton” is noted as the Chairman of the Board of Governors in the second photo of the Coal Hill School sign.
In that episode, it’s stated that the TARDIS, disguised somewhat incongruously as a police box, had been there for at least five months, and was subsequently visited by the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Doctors over the years, both on screen and in the expanded universe. By 2021, 76, Totter’s Lane was a car park, where the Seventh Doctor stored the TARDIS in space number 76. In the BBC Eighth Doctor novel Interference, Book Two, the junkyard was revealed to be I.M. Foreman‘s One-Species Nongenetically Engineered Travelling Show, a complex Gallifreyan space-time event that was similar to, but not like, a TARDIS. Immediately prior to arriving at 76, Totter’s Lane, the Doctor and Susan visited the planet Quinnis in the Fourth Universe.
Huge thanks to Ryan for posting these!
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