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Blackpool was a seaside resort which benefitted from a range of attractions, most prominent of which was the Blackpool Tower: an observation tower complete with a ballroom and a circus. (AUDIO: The Nightmare Fair, PROSE: All the Empty Towers) Other attractions included Blackpool Pleasure Beach - a local amusement park, (AUDIO: The Nightmare Fair) Blackpool beach (COMIC: Seaside Rendezvous, TV: The Rings of Akhaten) and the Golden Mile. (PROSE: All the Empty Towers) The town also had its own football team, which competed in tournaments including the FA Cup, (TV: Out of Time) and its own rugby team. (PROSE: Harvest of Time)
Fish and chips were commonly served in Blackpool. (AUDIO: The Skull of Sobek) Local attractions sold toffee apples and candy floss. (PROSE: The Nightmare Fair, AUDIO: The Nightmare Fair) Merchandise was also available, including "Kiss me quick" hats. (PROSE: All the Empty Towers)
Blackpool was located on the coast of Lancashire, (TV: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, Robot of Sherwood) beside the Irish Sea. (COMIC: Seaside Rendezvous) Nearby cities included Preston to the east. There was a motorway from Preston which terminated at Blackpool. (TV: The Categories of Life)
In 1981, Ellie Ravenwood saved Dave Oswald from being hit by a car in the town after a leaf blew into his face. They later married and had a daughter, Clara Oswald, (TV: The Rings of Akhaten) who was born on 23 November 1986. (TV: Death in Heaven)
In the mid-80s, Iris Wildthyme was lured to Blackpool by the Cosmic Puppet Master, who tried to kill her with real Space Invaders brought to life from an arcade game. (PROSE: From Wildthyme with Love)
After a series of adventures with the Eighth Doctor, Lucie Miller asked him to return her to Blackpool for Christmas. However the Doctor accidentally arrived a year early, in 2008. While spending her Christmas in Blackpool, she discovered that her Auntie Pat was a Zygon. Learning that the Doctor had deceived her after Pat's death in the Lake District, Lucie declined the Doctor's offer to continue her travels with him. (AUDIO: Death in Blackpool)
In Summer 2009, (AUDIO: Death in Blackpool) after being returned home to Blackpool, Lucie received a late night visit from an old foe. The Headhunter raised an alien gun and threatened to kill her. When Lucie protested, she was shot. (AUDIO: The Vengeance of Morbius) The Headhunter later revealed that she had used quantum-tipped time bullets to shoot Lucie and then un-shoot her. (AUDIO: Orbis)
By 2089, climate change had caused Blackpool to be overtaken by jungle and abandoned. The animals from the circus ran loose and Blackpool Pleasure Beach could be rented out for hunting. The Twelfth Doctor and Clara arrived there by accident and were nearly killed by Triss's hunting party. The Doctor indicated to Clara this future was not fixed. (PROSE: All the Empty Towers)
The Fourth Doctor recalled a previous visit to the town when Leela told him that the Trogs ate processed rock. (TV: Underworld) The Sixth Doctor attempted to return to Blackpool with Evelyn Smythe after she suggested he needed a holiday; a suggestion which the Doctor reluctantly accepted. The TARDIS instead materialised in Brighton. (AUDIO: Pier Pressure) The Eighth Doctor once ushered Charlotte Pollard and C'rizz back into his TARDIS with an offer to take them to Blackpool, after bursting into a room full of Daleks. (AUDIO: Terror Firma) The Tenth Doctor once attempted to take Donna Noble to Blackpool but they instead arrived in the French Riviera in the 1780s. (AUDIO: Death and the Queen)
Returning to consciousness after being starved of oxygen aboard Space Station Nerva, Harry Sullivan commented that he felt that "Convalescent", then grinned "All I need now is a couple of weeks in Blackpool". (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Ark in Space)
Lucie Miller told the Eighth Doctor that she didn't mind the cold, dark atmosphere of Red Rocket Rising as she was used to going clubbing in Blackpool on a November Saturday night. (AUDIO: Blood of the Daleks) When Zeus suggested that the Eighth Doctor was a knowledgable man, Lucie replied "Pheugh! You try getting him to take you to Blackpool". The Doctor later agreed with her stating "You know me - I can't even find Blackpool in a TARDIS". (AUDIO: Immortal Beloved) Hearing that Sash had taken on the mantle of "Glaswegian Kiss" at the Retro Roller Derby, Lucie suggested that her skating name could be "Blackpool Rock". (AUDIO: The Revolution Game) Later, while travelling with the Monk, Lucie threatened to break a sculpture by Michelangelo if he did not return her to Blackpool. He abandoned her on Deimos instead. (AUDIO: The Resurrection of Mars)
When questioned by the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1190, Clara Oswald implied that she gained her feistiness from the town, telling him that "you can take the girl out of Blackpool...". (TV: Robot of Sherwood) Both the Eleventh Doctor and the War Doctor recognised her voice by her Blackpool accent - an accent which the Moment had thus far never carried. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) Danny Pink later thought Clara had lied to him about being from Blackpool upon finding out about her other life with the Doctor, instead believing her to be a "space woman". Clara replied that she was telling the truth about being from the town. (TV: The Caretaker) The Twelfth Doctor commented that in Blackpool, nobody ever wore a coat. (PROSE: All the Empty Towers)
When River Song suggested that Elvis have "one last hurrah" before deactivating himself, she thought he might choose "Graceland", "Las Vegas", "Hawaii" or "maybe even the bright lights of Blackpool". (PROSE: Suspicious Minds)
Individuals from Blackpool
Blackpool was the home town of two of the Doctor's companions: Lucie Miller (AUDIO: Brave New Town) and Clara Oswald. (TV: Robot of Sherwood) The family of Lucie Miller lived in the town in at least the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including her mother - Mary Miller - and her father. (AUDIO: Death in Blackpool) The family of Clara Oswald also lived in the town in at least the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including her mother - Ellie Oswald, her father - Dave Oswald, and her gran. (TV: The Rings of Akhaten)
Behind the scenes
Blackpool was once the location of a Doctor Who Exhibition which featured a range of costumes and props from the classic series. The Exhibition was located at 111 Central Promenade Blackpool, and was first opened by Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen on 14th April 1974. From the outside, the huge crowds that gathered that day, could see only a blue police telephone box, next to a building, but once the doors were opened they found themselves, descending a flight of stairs into a basement exhibition full of the most exciting monsters, aliens, props, costumes and models from the series.
These originally included a Draconian, Silurian, Axon, Yeti, Cyberman, Alpha Centauri, Aggedor and several Eight Legs from TV: Planet of the Spiders. They also featured the Daleks and later with their creator Davros. In time K9, the Ice Warriors, Sontarans, Morbius, the Keeler-Krynoid were added.
Visitors walked around a winding corridor with exhibits to either side, most that were changed annually. Eventually, they would arrive in the TARDIS console room, where pictures of the Doctors looked down on a console that had working switches with flashing lights, a feature that also surrounded the main Dalek exhibits, which moved on a track as they yelled out words of extermination. The exhibition was left via a gift shop and a café. The Doctor Who Exhibition closed after the 1985 season, and was torn down in 1986.[source needed]
The first Doctor Who fan group was formed in Blackpool in early 1986. The first meeting was held at the Central Library, Queen Street Blackpool FY 1PX, with 50 people in attendance, to watch Jon Pertwee in TV: The Dæmons. The Blackpool Gazette, further interviewed Hay, about a story writing contest and the group's efforts to raise money for Sports Aid.[source needed]
The meetings eventually moved to the Butlins Metropole Hotel, Princess Parade, Promenade, Blackpool FY1 1RQ, where they became, "The Good Companions Society", a group specialising in showing Doctor Who videos, including fan films worldwide.[source needed]
The Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown were to visit Blackpool on screen in a script written for the 1986 season of Doctor Who called The Nightmare Fair. However, the series was placed on hiatus and a dialogue reference to Blackpool intended to close Revelation of the Daleks was replaced by a freeze frame. The intended story was later novelised and adapted as a Big Finish audio play.
Though it's possible that a real world location doesn't exist in the same geographic space in the Doctor Who universe, such cases are few and far between. Thus, the map at right is probably a good indicator of the DWU location of Blackpool.