London has long been considered the hub of everything from business to art to world cultures. According to The London Evening Standard, the city is home to 270 nationalities and 300 languages. Naturally, all of these people have brought along their food, art, and more, turning London into the most cosmopolitan city on the planet.
London isn’t just a hub for international culture but one for pop-culture as well. In November 2013, according to The Daily Mail, thousands of Whovians, die-hard fans of “Doctor Who,” descended upon Canary Wharf in London Town, booking cheap hotel deals at the city’s high-quality but cheap hotel rooms. They were joined by 110 million fans around the world via the internet and television to watch the broadcast of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special.
While the 50th anniversary celebrations may have died down, London remains a must-visit location for fans. After all, just a few paces from London hotels offering cheap hotel deals are many of the most memorable Who filming locations. If you’re a Whovian planning to take advantage of London’s cheap hotel rates and take a tour of famed Doctor Who locations, here are the four you can’t miss.
Study “The Shakespeare Code” at the Globe Theatre
In series three, according to the BBC, David Tennant’s Doctor takes his companion, Martha, back to Elizabethan England to meet Shakespeare in “The Shakespeare Code.” As is the way of Who, the adventure goes astray as the Doctor, Martha, and Shakespeare himself battle against a coven of witches. The scenes of Shakespeare’s theatre are actually shot in the Globe Theatre, located near some of the best budget hotels in London’s Bankside area.
Defeat the Nestene Consciousness from “Rose”
In his first turn as the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston comes to London to battle the Nestene Consciousnesses, a creature of living plastic. Rose, played by Billie Piper, helps track the alien entity to the London Eye, one of the world’s largest ferris wheels. If you’d like to reenact this scene, DrWho-online.co.uk recommends you head to South Bank on the River Thames.
Take Cover from the “Voyage of the Damned”
Buckingham Palace is famous for being the traditional home of the UK’s royal family. However, Whovians know the regal grounds from a number of the most memorable Doctor Who episodes. As Visit London writes, the palace was most famously featured in the 2007 Christmas special “Voyage of the Damned,” narrowly escaping destruction by a crashing space-cruise-liner, the Spaceship Titanic. Look for cheap hotel deals in Victoria or Westminster to easily visit the palace.
Spend “The Day of the Doctor” at the Tower of London
As the Tardis Data Core writes, the 50th anniversary special, titled the “The Day of the Doctor,” features many historic London locations. However, none are quite so memorable as the Tower of London. According to Historic Royal Palaces, the Tower of London began construction in the 1080’s. William the Conqueror wanted a place to keep political prisoners. In this memorable episode of Doctor Who, three incarnations of the Doctor, John Hurt, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, were captured and kept in the dungeons before being saved by current Who companion Clara.
As you can see, many of the Doctor’s most famous adventures have taken place throughout London. If you consider yourself a true Whovian, find cheap hotel deals and head to London Town. Geronimo!
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