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Grantchester, Cambridgeshire – December 2015

The Church of St Andrew and St Mary - Grantchester filming location
Welcome to Grantchester!

Hello and welcome back to Project Indigo! Today we are travelling back in time to New Year’s Eve 2015 – not to Wales this time but Cambridgeshire. We are vising Classic Doctor Who filming location Grantchester where The Fourth Doctor and Romana 2 materialised the TARDIS in the episode Shada (1979, released 1992). You may have noticed that there is quite a few years between the filming and the release. That is because there was a big BBC Union strike when Shada was being filmed which left many scenes of the episode unfinished. It was eventually released on video in 1992 with Tom Baker narrating what was going on in the gaps!

Doctor Who Shada filming location Grantchester Meadows
I can’t go backwards – there’s an invisible spaceship behind me!

Grantchester is a village just outside Cambridge and is said to have one of the highest concentration per person of Nobel Prize Winners! This is due to the number of residents who went to or worked at Cambridge University. In Shada, the Doctor and Romana were at Cambridge University to visit Professor Chronotis, a retired Time Lord. Whilst they were there Skagra called upon Professor Chronotis to interrogate him and find the whereabouts of the lost planet of Shada.  It was in Grantchester Meadows that Skagra concealed his 100m long invisible spaceship and captured Romana, K9 and a student, Chris Parsons.

Doctor Who Shada filming location Grantchester Meadows
Where has the TARDIS gone? Now I can’t get back home!

It may not have been sunny when the Doctor and Romana were there, but it was surprisingly sunny when I visited, however it was quite cold. It was the middle of winter and very early in the morning. The village was like a ghost town, I expect everyone was still in bed saving their energy to make it to midnight and see in 2016. Sadly I didn’t see anyone dressed like Skagra – in a white and silver whatever that is! He was definitely dressed for a disco. On the High Street I saw The Green Man pub and its neighbour The Red Lion which Skagra drove past. I explored the village and the meadows which are just behind the village on the banks of the River Cam. This area was the inspiration for the Pink Floyd song Grantchester Meadows on the album Ummagumma. I have just had a listen and it is very calm and soothing, and can double up as a lullaby.

Grantchester is also the filming location for the ITV Series Grantchester. This is based on the books The Grantchester Mysteries by James Runcie featuring Sidney Chambers, a vicar who is also a detective. James Norton plays Sidney, Robson Green plays Geordie and Morven Christie plays Amanda. Two of the main stars have also been in Doctor Who – both in underwater episodes. Isn’t that a coincidence? James Norton played Onegin a Russian Soldier on the submarine The Firebird in the episode Cold War (2013) and Morvern Christie played O’Donnell in Under the Lake (2015) set on The Drum, an underwater mining base.

Sidney's Chambers' church in Grantchester, Doctor Who filming location for Shada
Sidney’s Chambers’ church in Grantchester

Thank you very much to Doctor Who The Locations Guide for helping me to find this filming location.  I hope you have enjoyed reading about Grantchester. This summer I will be taking my TARDIS to Kent and seeing what the Doctor has got up to there. If there are any places you would like me to visit please leave a comment and let me know.

See you next time, bye!

Sign post at Doctor Who filming location Grantchester
Is this named after Donald?
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1st Anniversary Competition – win a Limited Special Edition Doctor Who Audio Adventure! Now closed.

Hello,

Wow, look at the prize!

First things first, it is Project Indigo’s 1st Anniversary on March 25th 2015 and to celebrate I am giving away an amazing prize –

A Limited Special Edition Doctor Who Audio Adventure ‘The Romance of Crime and The English Way of Death’!

The prize - A Big Finish Audio Adventure!

This audio book features the Fourth Doctor, Romana and K9. Starring Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and John Leeson, this is a five-disc limited Special Edition which includes a behind the scenes interview disc and a cover exclusive to this release. This edition also comes in deluxe limited edition packaging, which features a stunning array of professional photos of the cast. These stories are based on the novels by Gareth Roberts, adapted by John Dornet and directed by Nicholas Briggs.

Thank you so much to Big Finish for donating this very special prize which one lucky reader will win! I am very grateful.

To be in with a chance of winning , here is the question that you must answer!

What would you like to give to the Doctor as a gift?

Please leave a comment on this post with your answer and one winner will be picked at random. Only one entry per person please. I will e-mail the winner to confirm the delivery address.

Closing date is 11.59 pm on April 30th 2015.

Good luck!

This has been an awesome year! Since I started Project Indigo I have had many adventures of my own. I have travelled the British Isles and visited many Doctor Who locations. I spent some time in Wales over the summer and visited around 30 different locations – from ancient castles to beautiful beaches. I even got to attend the Doctor Who World Tour 2014! That was a red carpet event and I was in the audience for the World Premiere of Deep Breath, the first episode of the latest series.

I have met lots of lovely people at Sci-Fi events, including many famous Doctor Who actors and I have collected lots of autographs and made many friends. I have even been shown on TV – Project Indigo was shown on Blue Peter and I was given a Blue Peter badge, which was really cool!

One day I met the Doctor and his companion Clara, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, completely by accident! I bumped into them doing a photoshoot in Parliament Square. I was lucky enough to be given a wristband to get into the press area where I could take lots of photos. I was introduced to Peter and Jenna who were both very kind and friendly. It was the best day of my life!

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to chat with me including :

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman

Thank you to my friends and family, my blog friends and followers and Twitter friends and followers, competition entrants and winners,  the friends I have made at conventions and everyone who has featured Project Indigo including my school magazine, Blogtor Who, Blue Peter, Jump! Mag, Kids’ Blog Club, The Local Eye, MAD Blog Awards, Mumsnet Bloggers Network,  thisisFoxx, Whoogle News, and Kate and the team at Who Wars.

Thank you to everyone else who has supported me in my first year of blogging including Big Finish for donating an amazing prize, BU Whovian Society for the welcome, Dan and George for the match in Victoria Park, Doctor Who Locations Guide for helping me find out more about the filming locations, Explore Learning for the encouragement, Mango Frog for the Dalek all the way from New Zealand, Professor Ian McCrury for the talk at Bournemouth University, Peter Mole and the staff at Aggregates Industries UK for the wonderful tour around Warmwell Quarry, Catherine Smith for the fantastico Peter Capaldi portrait and Red Bee Media and BBC Worldwide for helping me meet the Doctor and Clara! Sorry if I have forgotten anyone 🙂

I look forward to the future and seeing how Project Indigo gets on in 2015! Thank you for reading.

I’m Tom. Join me on my adventure through time and space!

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