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A Journey to Devil’s End

Fans of Classic Who will remember the Third Doctor episode The Dæmons, which featured the Time Lord and his old foe the Master in a small town called Devil’s End. But did you know you can actually visit Devil’s End? It exists — under another name, of course — and they’re very welcoming to Doctor Who fans who journey there.

It’s not actually called “Devil’s End,” of course, but Aldbourne. The village in Wiltshire has a population of less than 2,000, and is a beautiful place to visit in its own right. There are two pubs, one with a friendly old dog named Kali who keeps an eye on visitors. The same pub has a familiar-looking customer out front.

Press the button, and you’ll hear an impressive tirade about the Daleks’ plan to conquer Aldbourne. Don’t worry, though, it won’t actually do anything. It is, however, a functioning rubbish bin with a plate for stubbing out cigarettes on top.

Go farther into the village and you’ll see many more spots of note from the story. But the most notable is likely the other pub — the Blue Boar, renamed in the story as the Cloven Hoof.

And yes, that sign is really outside (albeit off to the side) in case you want a photo op!

The interior of the Blue Boar is a cozy place for food and drinks. Go into the back, and you’ll see some flyers from the early days of Doctor Who fandom. Unsurprisingly, it became a gathering spot for fans, and occasionally for the actors themselves!

If you’d like to learn more about the village, be sure to visit The Aldbourne Net, or look up The Aldbourne Archive on Facebook for photos of the village’s history!

Want to learn more about the history of Doctor Who and cool sightseeing locations? Our guests and panelists have you covered! Register now to join us this March and meet Who faves Peter Davison, Michelle Gomez, and many more to be announced soon!

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