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The Best Doctor Who Locations in London

London is an amazing city with a lot of history and culture, so it's no surprise that it has been used as a filming location for some of the best Doctor Who scenes ever across multiple fantastic episodes.

For example, Marble Arch has played a key role in Doctor Who history as it was featured in one of the most prominent storylines for the Doctor. That location was used regularly in series 23 of the iconic British show. This series that ran from 6 September 1986 to 6 December 1986 was collectively referred to as The Trial of a Timelord.

In episode 1, The Mysterious Planet, this station is featured in an important sequence where The Doctor (Colin Baker) and Peri Brown (Nicola Bryant) manage to locate a tunnel, only to then find the remains of what is left appearing to be Marble Arch Tube Station.

1. Canary Wharf

It is one of London's major business districts in Tower Hamlets. The city is home to many high-rise office buildings, including One Canada Square, the second tallest building in the United Kingdom. Canary Wharf has also been used as a filming location for Doctor Who on several occasions.

In the final episodes of the 2nd season of the rebooted modern version of the show in 2006, Canary Wharf featured prominently throughout the titled episodes of Army of Ghosts, Doomsday, and The Battle of Canary Wharf.

During this season, it saw the emergence of the Torchwood Institute come into fruition and the One Canada Square building became what was known as Torchwood Tower.

2. Trafalgar Square

One of the famous sequences where Trafalgar Square can be seen throughout the franchise is during the show’s 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor.

In a scene from the special episode - which is also widely renowned as one of the best ever in the show’s history -The Doctor (Matt Smith) is seen dangling off the edge of The Tardis approximately 90ft in the air above the views of Trafalgar Square, before arriving in the middle of the square with companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).

3. Tower of London

Tower of London, located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London, is a historic castle. The building has served as a prison, a palace, and an execution site. The Tower of London has also been used as a filming location for Doctor Who on several occasions.

The tower operates as the home for UNIT (also known as the Unified Nations Intelligence Taskforce) and has been in the episodes: The Christmas Invasion, The Eleventh Hour, The Beast Below, The Wedding of River Song, The Power of Three, and The Day of the Doctor.

4. St Paul’s Cathedral

S Paul's Cathedral is a renowned Anglican cathedral in London. A great moment where we get to see the cathedral in full force is in the penultimate episode of series 8, Dark Water.

In the final scene of the episode, we see cybermen roaming the streets of London and storming out of St.Paul’s cathedral, much to the horror of the twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi). At the climax, the mysterious female character Missy (Michelle Gomez) reveals to the Doctor that she is in fact the female incarnation of the Doctor’s arch-nemesis, The Master.


There are many iconic Doctor Who scenes that were filmed in London. These locations are just a few of the places that have been used as filming locations for the show.

If you're a fan of Doctor Who, be sure to check out these locations next time you're in London. And if you're not a fan of Doctor Who, maybe these locations will inspire you to become one. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore.

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