If you love BBC TV show Doctor Who, you'll love seeing where they filmed your favourite episodes. The Doctor visits London regularly, for business and pleasure.
The Doctor has been fighting the Daleks in London for years. They made their first trundle across Trafalgar Square in 1964. The Daleks took on the Cybermen in Canary Wharf in the 2006 episode Doomsday.
In the 1984 story Resurrection of the Daleks, the outside warehouse scenes were filmed at Shad Thames. You can still walk down the street and see the metal bridges above your head. There are no Daleks in Shad Thames today. You're more likely to get some delicious coffee and cake than be exterminated.
Scary aliens love visiting London. They like to lurk below the Thames. The Empress of Racnoss built her lair under the Thames Barrier in an episode in 2006. Check out the Thames Barrier Information Centre to see how the barrier protects London when the Doctor is out of town. The London Eye doubled as the transmitter for the Nestene Consciousness in the episode Rose (2005). Take a trip on the Eye to see London from the sky. The pods are very space age! The Cybermen took over Battersea Power Station when they decided to turn the human race into cyborgs.
When The Doctor met Shakespeare, they filmed inside Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Travel back in time to Elizabethan London at the theatre and relive the famous David Tennant scene.
Even the most upmarket addresses in London have featured in Doctor Who. Buckingham Palace narrowly missed being hit by the Spaceship Titanic in the 2007 Christmas special Voyage of the Damned. The Slitheen infiltrated 10 Downing Street. After their evil plans were foiled by the Doctor, fictional Prime Minister Harriet Jones took over, followed by Harold Saxon (John Simm's incarnation of the villainous Master).
Where to Spot a TARDIS in London
There's a blue police phone box parked near Earl's Court Station. Perhaps the Doctor and his companions have landed in London to take a BBC Broadcasting House Tour. Keep your eyes open and you might see a Dalek!
You can also see a TARDIS at London Film Museum. This TARDIS was piloted by Peter Cushing in the 1965 film Dr Who And The Daleks.
Shop for Doctor Who Toys in London
If you're looking for Doctor Who DVDs, books and toys, make sure you visit The Who Shop, a dedicated Doctor Who shop and museum in Upton Park. You will also find Doctor goodies at Forbidden Planet and Hamleys.