Physician Who: Jodie Whittaker’s Regeneration Stirs Durdle Door Controversy

James Weld, whose household has owned the land since 1641, mentioned: ‘If we had identified we might not have agreed due to the encouragement that this will likely give to a few of our guests to place themselves in a harmful place.’

Though the regeneration scene was created utilizing particular results, and neither Jodie Whittaker nor David Tennant really scaled Durdle Door throughout filming, it’s thought some Physician Who followers could try to climb the landmark and recreate the scene. 

Whereas the Weld household declare they didn’t get a ‘correct description’ of how Durdle Door could be used throughout filming, and are actually saying they could flip down additional requests to movie there, a BBC spokesman has defined that this explicit scene of the BBC Centenary episode was ‘a tightly stored secret’. The spokesman continued: ‘Though we had been granted permission to movie with a drone we weren’t requested how the placement could be portrayed on display.’

The 200-foot limestone arch is already a topic of controversy because it’s a well-liked ‘tombstoning’ website, the place adrenaline junkies climb to the highest to allow them to dive into the ocean. In the course of the 2020 lockdown, lots of of individuals ignored police warnings and flocked to the seashore at Durdle Door, and three individuals had been critically injured when diving off the enduring landmark.

It actually wouldn’t be the primary time the Whoniverse has precipitated followers to pilgrimage to real-life areas: again in 2009, when beloved character Ianto ‘Espresso Boy’ Jones was mercilessly killed off in Torchwood’s ‘Kids of Earth’ sequence, followers went into such a meltdown over his dying that they created a shrine for him on Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay. Ianto’s Shrine nonetheless exists to this present day, with followers from all around the world sending notes, decorations and paintings to be displayed there, and the shrine has even had visits from John Barrowman and Ianto actor Gareth David-Lloyd himself.

And it’s additionally not precisely the primary time Physician Who has featured iconic or recognisable landmarks in an episode: a number of well-known Sheffield areas had been noticed throughout Jodie Whittaker’s first sequence, and almost all of London’s greatest landmarks have made an look. Particularly, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre was the place David Tennant’s Physician and Martha Jones thwarted a Carrionite invasion, a Slitheen plane destroyed the enduring clock face of Huge Ben and a spaceship duplicate of the Titanic very almost flattened Buckingham Palace. A minimum of Durdle Door fortunately managed to outlive its look on Physician Who unscathed.