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With Doctor Who having made a return to TV screens this weekend we thought it would be nice to have a look at the timelord's connections to Cornwall.

Peter Capaldi became the 12th official incarnation of The Doctor on Saturday night and millions of people tuned in to see him in action.

But when they did so, very few will have thought of Cornwall.

Peter Capaldi Doctor Dr Who | BBC Filming in Cornwall Location Setting | Cormorant Hotel & Restaurant Fowey & Golant



That's because, when it comes to TV Cornwall is perhaps most thought of as the setting for Poldark, Doc Martin and Jamaica Inn rather than Dr Who.

But in actual fact the county has strong links with the series and has provided many a backdrop for scenes in it.

In fact, Cornwall was one of the filming locations during the very first series of the show, when William Hartnell played the first timelord.

Locations across the county were used for filming of an episode called The Smugglers, which was set in 17th century Cornwall. Although no-one can remember for certain, it's thought crew members may well have stayed in luxury hotels in Fowey while on location.

Film was shot at Sennen, Porthcurno, Helston, Breage Church, Ruan Minor Church, Gunwalloe Church Cove, Nanjizal Bay and Bosistow Cliffs at Lands End, St Grada Church at Cadgwith and Trethewey Farm near Padstow.

Sadly, the entire series including The Smugglers is missing and has never been found (perhaps the footage resides in some time vortex?) although there are audio clips and photographs

Back in 1971 Jon Pertwee filmed a scene at Old Baal China Clay Quarry in Carclaze, near to Golant, when the quarry doubled as the desert planet of Uxarieus in the year 2,472.

Doctor Who most recently visited Cornwall in 2011, when Matt Smith and side-kick Amy Pond filmed at Charlestown.

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