Doctor Who filmed at Beachy Head

Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.
Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.
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Doctor Who once strolled through the towns and villages that surround the Beachy Head area after it was discovered the iconic science fiction series was filmed there in the 1960s.

As the BBC series celebrates its 50th anniversary, Charles Davies-Gilbert, from Beachy Head, who owns some of the locations where the programme was filmed, said it was wonderful to discover part of the series, Doctor Who The War Games, was filmed in East Dean, Birling, and surrounding areas.

The BBC series was the last one starring the second incarnation of The Doctor, Patrick Troughton, and was filmed in spring 1969.

Mr Davies-Gilbert said: “It’s wonderful being a small part of television history, particularly as Doctor Who is still such an incredibly popular programme, even after all these years.”

In the series, the Tardis lands on a planet where a race known as the Aliens have gathered soldiers from different wars in Earth’s history, brainwashed them and put them in to battle. Their aim is to form an invincible army from the survivors and take over the galaxy.

Some scenes were filmed around the old farm buildings in East Dean, on the village green at Birling, as well as at the Cuckmere Haven and on the lane leading to West Dean.

Beachy Head was in the spotlight again on Sunday, November 24, when it featured in BBC television programme Britain and the Sea.

In the second episode, well-known TV presenter David Dimbleby, who lives in Polegate. sailed his boat Rocket along the south coast of Britain from Lymington in Hampshire to Dover in Kent, as part of his voyage around the UK. In the programme there are stunning shots of the undulating line of cliffs that make up the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. He uses the sight as an opportunity to explain how drawings were once used to help sailors pilot their vessels safely when close to land.

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