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Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport, also known as London Airport, (TV: Logopolis) was located just outside of London and was the busiest airport in Great Britain. British Airways operated out of Heathrow. (TV: Time-Flight)

The Eleventh Doctor noted the Fifth Doctor "spent a hell of a long time" trying to get Tegan here. (TV: The Crimson Horror)



Circa 140,000,000 BC, British Airways' Concorde Golf Victor Foxtrot landed where Heathrow Airport would later be constructed. The aircraft was soon joined by her sister, Golf Alpha Charlie. GVF was cannibalised to repair GAC which escaped with the two crafts' passengers and crew. GVF was gradually buried under layers of sediment. (TV: Time-Flight)

The Fifth Doctor delivered Tegan to the site of Heathrow Airport, albeit in August 1666. (TV: The Visitation)

Active history[]

A month shy of exactly three centuries later, components for WOTAN's War Machines were imported to Heathrow by British Airways' predecessor, B.O.A.C., in July 1966. (TV: The War Machines)

Not long after his regeneration, the Fifth Doctor recalled to Tegan that he was last at Heathrow when they were doing "strange things" to Terminal 3. (TV: Four to Doomsday)

On 28 February 1981, Tegan Jovanka and her aunt Vanessa were on their way to Heathrow (and Tegan's new job with Air Australia) when she first encountered the Fourth Doctor. (TV: Logopolis)

In 1982, British Airways' Concorde Golf Victor Foxtrot flew through a time corridor en route from New York to Heathrow. Meanwhile, the Fifth Doctor accidentally succeeded in delivering Tegan to Heathrow, while intending to take her and Nyssa to the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 as "a treat" in the wake of Adric's death. The trio boarded GVF's sister, Golf Alpha Charlie, with the TARDIS in the cargo hold. They followed to investigate GVF's disappearance and likewise vanished. GAC returned with some parts cannibalised from GVF. The remains of GVF were located near Heathrow's sewer pipes by that time. (TV: Time-Flight)

The Sixth Doctor's companion Melanie Bush was not fond of Heathrow. (AUDIO: Spaceport Fear)

In the early 21st century, the Seventh Doctor and Ace took a flight from Turkey to Heathrow. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Warhead)

In 2009, Maria and Alan Jackson flew from Heathrow Airport to America. (PROSE: The Last Sontaran)

Clyde Langer theorised that the planes that were "always circling about" from Heathrow Airport would be falling from the sky due to the disappearance of their pilots. (TV: The Empty Planet)

In 2011, Rex Matheson flew to Heathrow Airport whilst investigating the Torchwood Institute. Having been refused permission to carry one on the plane, he was provided with a sidearm at Heathrow by the police. (TV: The New World) He departed the United Kingdom from Heathrow, with Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper as prisoners. (TV: Rendition)

BBC News reported that planes at Heathrow had been brought to a standstill after Missy used a global time stop. (TV: The Magician's Apprentice)

Behind the scenes[]

  • The War Machines featured stock footage of B.O.A.C.'s operations at Heathrow, along with that of Battersea Power Station and Covent Garden Market.
  • Time-Flight was the first television production allowed to film at Heathrow Airport.
  • Between 16 July and 1 September 2013, Heathrow Airport featured a few things to commemorate Doctor Who's fiftieth anniversary. A Cyberman stomped around the terminal on select dates, and TARDIS photobooths and props and memorabilia from the show featured around the airport. The opening of the summer event was marked by a performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a book signing of Jenny Colgan's Dark Horizons.[1][2]