Bristol's Doctor Who connections: The TARDIS, K-9 and buses
Doctor Who film crews are today transforming Corn Street into a winter wonderland, as they prepare to shoot the show’s Christmas Special.
The bustling shopping area will take on the appearance of 1890s London for the episode, which is due to be screened on Christmas Day.
It is not the first time Bristol has been the backdrop for Doctor Who scenes.
According to fan-based website Doctor Who: The Locations Guide, some of the series seven action was shot at Bristol University’s School of Physics and the Institute for Advanced Studies.
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Filming is also understood to have taken place in Tyntesfield in Wraxall, and Portland Square.
Doctor Who crews also shot a number of series six scenes in the city. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan were spotted huddled in coats between filming night scenes for episode four around the Waring Housing Estate.
It was reportedly the first time a public location had been used by the series six team.
But Bristol’s connections with the hit TV series run deeper than filming locations.
When in 2010 the BBC team decided the Time Lord's TARDIS needed a makeover for the new series, Bristol Blue Glass was called upon to help with the design.
Staff were tasked with producing the glass central pillar, otherwise known as the Time Rotor, for the inside of the Doctor's new look time machine.
Workshop manager Paul Williams told the BBC: "It's the heartbeat of the TARDIS.
"You probably saw it on Saturday night (3 April), when it went up and down in the middle of the TARDIS.
"When I saw it I thought 'that's amazing, we made that in our factory in Brislington'."
Doctor Who's iconic canine companion K-9 was created by Bristol's four-time BAFTA award-winning scriptwriter Bob Baker.
Bob, who lives in South Gloucestershire, was the brains behind the robot dog, and owns the rights to the character.
Doctor Who Fun Day
To celebrate the return of Doctor Who to television screens, Bristol’s Forbidden Planet hosted a Doctor Who Fun Day in 2011.
As part of a celebration taking place simultaneously in cities including Coventry and Liverpool, the store offered special offers on Who lines and in-store competitions to win an array of time-and-space-related merchandise.
Uniquely, the store offered its customers the chance to chat about plans of world domination with – and to be exterminated by – a lifesize Dalek.
In 2009 two double-decker buses made in Bristol were used in the filming of Planet Of The Dead. The episode saw Lady Christina de Souza - played by ex-EastEnders star Michelle Ryan - pull off a jewellery heist and escape on the bus where she meets the Timelord.
One of the buses was wrecked during filming. The 1980 Bristol VR had been shipped to Dubai but was badly damaged after it was unloaded by crane at the city's docks.
The buses were produced by Bristol's famous bus company, Bristol Commercial Vehicles, based in Brislington. They were used despite the fact the company had been closed for more than 20 years.
In 2010 engineers at Bristol University experimented to see how a real life version of Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver – which uses sonic technology to open locks and undo screws – could be created.
The team looked into how ultrasonic waves could be spun at high speed to create a twisting force similar to that of a miniature tornado, which could undo screws remotely.