The Powell Estate was a council estate in Kennington (PROSE: Rose Tyler) or Peckham (COMIC: Silver Scream, PROSE: Downtime: Child of the New World, AUDIO: Ghosts)[n] in the London Borough of Southwark. (TV: Father's Day) Its nearest station was Peckham Rye. (AUDIO: Ghosts) Its postcode was either SE15 7GO (PROSE: Meet Rose) or SU15 7GO. (TV: Army of Ghosts) It was built in 1973. (PROSE: Rose)
It had two towers, unofficially called Enoch and Powell, of sixteen floors, with six flats per storey rising above a squat quadrant with shops on the ground level including a chemist, a newsagent, Dev the bookie's, and Chicken Shack & Rack. (PROSE: Rose)
The two towers of the Powell Estate were unofficially called Enoch and Powell under the mistaken belief that Enoch Powell MP had christened the estate when in actuality it was named after the developer's wife's mother, Mary Jane Powell, who had died in 1951. (PROSE: Rose)
On several occasions during the 1990s, Captain Jack Harkness, who travelled with the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler for some time, visited the Powell Estate to watch Rose grow up, but did not approach her to avoid disrupting her timeline. (TV: Utopia)
In September 2004, Len Cawl and Sid Adarsh stashed the kidnapped teenagers, Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart and Conall Wilson, in a flat in Bucknall House, and talked about a woman who lived below them called Jacks, who had a gobby teenage daughter. (PROSE: Downtime: Child of the New World)
In 2005-2006, its residents included Rose Tyler, her mother, Jackie, Rose's boyfriend Mickey Smith, (TV: Rose) Arianna, Jolene, Gemma, (AUDIO: Retail Therapy) Trisha Delaney, Rosita, Yasmin, Henry, Frank, Doris, Bill, Maxine, Mrs Boufakis, (AUDIO: Wednesdays For Beginners) Mrs McGregor, Mrs Pye, Darren, (PROSE: Winner Takes All) Sandra, Jason and Tina. (TV: The Christmas Invasion) Jackie first moved into 48 Bucknall House (TV: Love & Monsters) at the Powell Estate in the late 1980s with her husband Pete. It was there that their daughter Rose grew up. (TV: Father's Day, Doomsday) River Song briefly moved into number 23 in 2007. (AUDIO: R&J)
The Tenth Doctor, just before regenerating, made a final visit to the Powell Estate on 1 January 2005. He observed Rose and Jackie, months before he first met them in their timeline. He also exchanged a few words with Rose before staggering back to the TARDIS, parked nearby, to regenerate. (TV: The End of Time)
The Powell Estate became the site of considerable excitement from the years 2005 to 2007 after Rose Tyler encountered the Ninth Doctor.
The Powell Estate was one of many sites in London and around the world which were invaded by Cybermen from the alternate reality known as "Pete's World" before the Tenth Doctor expelled the invaders into the Void. (TV: Army of Ghosts / Doomsday) As a result of these events, Rose and Jackie were stranded on Pete's World, effectively abandoning their home in the Powell Estate. (TV: Doomsday) Sometime during these events, Suzy Monroe went to the Powell Estate to film the Cybermen, who looked like ghosts. It was broadcasted live on Ghostwatch. After she had filmed several Cybermen Suzy left to have a look at some other viewers' sightings and was attacked by a Cyberman. (GAME: Ghostwatch)
The Tenth Doctor claimed he had picked up his accent from the Powell Estate, when talking to Archie Maplin in 1929. He found common ground with Maplin by noting that the estate was in Peckham, Maplin's home. (COMIC: Silver Scream)
Behind the scenes
First and foremost, it should be clarified that the scenes for the Powell Estate were filmed at the Brandon Estate in Kennington, and that Kennington is situated on the border of London Borough of Lambeth and London Borough of Southwark.
The televised stories that featured the Powell Estate seemed to imply that the estate was virtually identical to the Brandon Estate, from geographic location to appearance, perhaps suggesting that the only difference between the real world and the DWU was the name of the estate.
- Firstly, while never explicitly stated on screen, scenes located at Walterley Street in TV: Father's Day show a street sign that names the street as being part of the "London Borough of Southwark". In that episode, Walterley is implied to be a short walk from Jordan Road and the Powell Estate.
- Secondly, the shots of the Slitheen craft in TV: Aliens of London depicts the flight-path following the real-world geography of London; it is seen that the craft flies over the Powell Estate, in the direction of Tower Bridge with the Gherkin towards the top-left. Other Southwark landmarks, such as London City Hall and HMS Belfast, are also seen.
In COMIC: Silver Scream, it is stated that the Powell Estate is located in Peckham. This is reiterated in the novel Downtime: Child of the New World and the audio drama Ghosts. Issue is, apart from contradicting Rose Tyler, is that this location doesn't align with the scenes in Aliens of London, as it adds around three extra miles and around a 60° angle onto the shot of the Powell Estate to Tower Bridge, meaning that several shots in Aliens of London couldn't be possible. No in-universe explanation for this discrepancy has been given As of April 2022[update].
Further complicating matters, the BBC's webpage on Doctor Who from 2005 states that Rose is from SE15, which is Peckham's postcode, whereas the postcode for Kennington is primarily SE11. Furthermore, PROSE: Meet Rose gives "SE15 7GO" as her postcode, while TV: Army of Ghosts gives "SU15 7GO", both fictionalised versions of the assumed postcode.