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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Return to Devil’s End

We are Target Who and we love how some Doctor Who fans support our cause!

In the previous blog entry we reported how Andrew had visited the school in Aldbourne, the village where the 1971 Jon Pertwee Doctor Who serial ‘The Daemons’ was filmed.  It was clear you all enjoyed hearing about that delivery - even the wonderful Katy Manning tweeted her pleasure at hearing the news.

We reported that sadly we had been unable to give them a copy of the novelisation of The Daemons - now long out of print and not one of the titles in the Target Who book hoard!  Not long after the post was published, we received an email from long term Target Who supporter Roger Smith.  He offered to send his own copy and a visit was quickly organised!

So on Wednesday 16th July I met with Roger, who turned up with not just a copy of ‘The Daemons’, but a set of Doctor Who Quick Reads as well.  “I couldn’t travel all that way and give them just one book” he said.   Roger and I spent an enjoyable day in the village of Aldbourne.  We were given an enthusiastic welcome by the school staff and were told tales of the 1971 BBC visit to the village.  The children of 1971 may have all grown up, but the memory of Jon Pertwee driving them around the village in Bessie still burns bright.

Mission Accomplished - Azal returns to Aldbourne
 So now the children of St. Michael's C of E Aided School can read an exciting adventure of the third Doctor and the Master.  As they read it, it will be in the knowledge that the village described within the pages is their village and their church.  How magical is that?  They will never be able to look at the church weathercock again without thinking of Sgt Benton!

Roger and David at the Devil's Hump (maybe it was one of the other three barrows!?!)
As it was a beautiful summers day, we took a stroll up to the public footpath to the Four Barrows and tried to work out which one had featured in the episodes as ‘The Devil’s Hump’ (Answers on a postcard please - we couldn’t work it out!).  Finally we had a spot of lunch in The Cloven Hoof pub, or The Blue Boar as it’s known in real life, where we heard more tales of the 1971 filming! 

Roger Delgado, Jon Pertwee and Nicholas Courtney
We are Target Who and while we relish every book placed in every school library, the books placed in Aldbourne are dear to our hearts and are dedicated to the memories of Jon Pertwee, Roger Delgado and Nicholas Courtney for the magic they created in 1971