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Doctor in the Desert

PUBLISHED: March 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm  •  LAST EDITED: March 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm
Almeria, Andalucia  •  2 Comments

Doctor in the Desert

• Doctor Who actor Matt Smith on set in Almeria

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DOCTOR Who has paid a visit to the Spanish desert.

A Western themed episode of the popular BBC series starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan is currently being shot in Mini-Hollywood in the Desert of Tabernas in Almeria.

According to sources the pair are really excited about the episode, which is set to feature a half-human half-robot which patrols a Victorian-era western town.

‘Filming on the same set as a lot of western films, together with the Spanish weather, will give it an epic feel,’ the source said.

Bosses behind the hit sci-fi drama chose the famous Almeria set as it was more cost-effective than building a new set from scratch in the UK.

Tabernas – the only desert in Europe – is no stranger to film crews having also provided the backdrops for countless legendary films such as A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

It is also not the first time the Time Lord has fought with cowboys.

In 1966, the doctor, then played by William Hartnell, was caught up in a shootout at the OK Corral.

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Paul Hickling

March 17th, 2012 4:23 pm

Oops! Bet I’m not the only one to catch you guys out, but the photo of Matt Smith in your article, was actually taken in Utah for filming of the first two-part story of the 2011 series of Doctor Who (The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon). However I slipped when rating your report. I meant to return you a couple more stars for getting the William Hartnell facts right! As a fan of both Italian westerns and Doctor Who, I’m really looking foirward to this intersting hybrid.

Ray Wattts

March 17th, 2012 6:42 pm

You beat me to it Paul, I was going to make exactly the same comment. I too am a fan of both genres and visit Almeria 3 or 4 times a year to visit the filming locations so am really looking forward to this episode, which appears to have scenes filmed at both the Mini Hollywood and Fort Bravo sets. Should be great.

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