I got to bag my first of the 13th Doctor filming locations! While in Sheffield to attend the SF Weekender at the O2 Academy in March it was only right and proper that I made a geek pilgrimage to the home of new Who companion, Yaz, who’s family live in the rather trendy – Park Hill Estate.
Now I’ve some interest in urban planning and architecture – I’m not ashamed to admit that I quite like a bit of practical, yet artfully arranged concrete. The Park Hill estate was saved from demolition by the creative folk at Urban Splash who have done the near miraculous with redundant and unloved buildings. https://www.urbansplash.co.uk/regeneration/projects/park-hill
It looks rather handsome now after the refurbishment of a large section, the part closest to the city centre. The dominant position overlooks the city centre and bright colours against the concrete make it quite prominent on the skyline.
Obviously, the Doctor Who location scouts thought it would be the perfect place to film outside of the usual Cardiff area, and some of the earliest shots of the filming came from there if I remember rightly. The TARDIS was placed outside the main entrance and well, it’s not that easy to disguise a big blue box. There was also some filming on the tram bridge which passes below the estate. That was were the first sighting of the Doctor’s fashion crime of wearing of wearing a bum bag was recorded – nothing so heinous has been seen on the show since Colin Baker’s technicolour wardrobe!
I like Sheffield and don’t know it half as well as I’d like to, having only visited a handful of times. These include a failed job interview at Museums Sheffield, and a memorable visit back in 2010 when I went to see Doctor Who alumni John Simm as Hamlet at the Crucible Theatre.
The city does actually have its own genuine police box which of course I’ve visited. https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1405185 Dating from 1928 it’s located by the Town Hall on Surrey Street – but it’s green and the windows are wrong. But it’s a TARDIS in my eyes.