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Blackpool was a town on the coast of Lancashire, England.

It was the home town of two of the Doctor's companions: Lucie Miller (AUDIO: Death in Blackpool) and Clara Oswald. (TV: Robot of Sherwood)

Culture Edit

Blackpool was most famous for its attractions, which included the Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Pleasure Beach (AUDIO: The Nightmare Fair) and the Golden Mile. (PROSE: Autonomy) The town also had its own football club. (TV: Out 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)

History Edit

20th century Edit

At some point in the latter half of the 20th century, the Third Doctor magnetised Blackpool Tower to stop a swarm of metal-eating insects. (COMIC: The Metal-Eaters)

1980s Edit

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)

The Nightmare Fair Big Finish Story Art

The Celestial Toymaker watches the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach. (AUDIO: The Nightmare Fair)

The Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown visited Blackpool in 1985 where they encountered the Mandarin. (PROSE: The Nightmare Fair / AUDIO: The Nightmare Fair)

Lucie Miller was a companion of the Eighth Doctor. She was born in the town on 31 July 1988. (AUDIO: Brave New Town)

1990s Edit

Ace and Ogri

Ace fights an Ogri at the beach. (COMIC: Seaside Rendezvous)

In 1991, the Seventh Doctor and Ace encountered an Ogri on Blackpool beach. (COMIC: Seaside Rendezvous)

As a child, Clara Oswald got lost on Blackpool beach on a bank holiday and was terrified until her mother found her and helped her to conquer her fear of getting lost. (TV: The Rings of Akhaten)

The Eleventh Doctor unknowingly talked to a young Clara at a Blackpool park, while searching for her. (WC: The Bells of Saint John: A Prequel)

21st century Edit

Ellie Oswald died in the town on 5 March 2005. The Eleventh Doctor watched from a distance as Clara and Dave mourned at her graveside. (TV: The Rings of Akhaten)

While at home in 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)

After a series of adventures with the Doctor, Lucie asked him to return her to Blackpool for Christmas 2009. 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 decline the Doctor's offer to continue her travels with him. (AUDIO: Death in Blackpool)

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 in 2089 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)

References Edit

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 materialized 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)

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 December night. (AUDIO: Blood of the Daleks) 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 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) 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)

Replicas Edit

The Sixth Doctor once commented that a replica of the town was being built on the rim of the Crab Nebula. (PROSE: The Nightmare Fair / AUDIO: The Nightmare Fair)

Behind the scenes Edit

The Nightmare Fair - Peri

Peri would have visited Blackpool in The Nightmare Fair. (DOC: The Lost Season)

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 later adapted as a Big Finish audio play.

Blackpool was once the location of a Doctor Who Exhibition which featured a range of costumes and props from the classic series.

Actors Jenna Coleman and Nicola Sian were born in Blackpool.

Real world location

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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.

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