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Pharos Institute

The Pharos Institute was a scientific organisation that experimented with the latest advances in technology. One of its lead scientists was Celeste Rivers, a woman who provided considerable technical assistance to Sarah Jane Smith and her young friends from Bannerman Road. Sarah's first time on the Pharos grounds was in 2008, when the Pharos Institute were tapping the vast potential of the MITRE telekinetic headset. However, the organisation had been infiltrated by Korst Gogg Thek Lutiven-Day Slitheen, who was manipulating the researchers so that the headset could be used for sinister purposes.

Sarah Jane Smith broke into the Institute and stole the prototype for Mr Smith to examine. Korst and two other Slitheen, working in collusion with Mr Smith, took Luke Smith hostage and wired him into the stolen headset. The resultant telekinetic power was to be drained and sold off piece by piece but Mr Smith used it to nearly bring the Moon crashing into the Earth. The disaster was finally averted by a reformed Mr Smith, whom Sarah Jane had reprogrammed with a computer virus.

Start at locations

Locations come in all shapes and sizes. But we've made it exceedingly easy to figure out how to start looking up locations. Just go to category:locations, and start working your way down.

What's a nice American state like you doing in a British joint like this?
Why yes, there have been stories set in New Mexico.

Wanna see whether there have been DWU stories set in your neck of the woods? A good place to start might be our categories about regional governments. Take a stroll through:

(And yes, we know there are more places than this in the world, but it's a start!)

Go skinny dipping in a nice, refreshing lake

We like to study the natural features of the DWU. So take a look at:

Where have you been, Doctor?

Sometimes, you want to look at places in terms of whether a specific incarnation of the Doctor has visited there. We've tried to make that easy by offering up a whole branch of categories under locations visited by the Doctor. Want to discover the planets visited by the Third Doctor because you thought he was exiled to Earth and never went anywhere? Or maybe you're interested in what cities the Tenth Doctor went to.

Other planets, other places
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While on the Dalek homeworld, don't miss the fabulously scenic ... Lake of Mutations!

Sure, the Doctor spends a heck of a lot of his time exploring Earth. But quite a lot is known about the geography of other worlds, too. Check out category:locations by planet to visit places like Skaro's Ocean of Ooze, or the great Martian cities or places to see on New Earth.

Go where almost nobody knows your name

Being a British franchise, Doctor Who has more than its fair share of places to get a drink. Step past the swinging saloon doors at bars and pubs.

Look out below!
Platform Five

Although the Doctor spends an awful lot of time on the ground, it should come as no surprise that he's walked a few space station corridors in his time. Here's the list we're working on now...

Time is a location

Doctor Who being a show about time travel, it should perhaps come as no surprise that there are such things as temporal locations, too.

The Streets of San Francisco?
Bannerman road

You've heard of trainspotters? Well, we're street spotters around here. Seriously, we love our city infrastructure, but especially streets. Yes, we tend to care most about English streets, but believe it or not, we know quite a lot about how to get around streets in Buenos Aires, thanks to Torchwood: Miracle Day. (So that's one good thing about that series.)