Aldbourne Heritage Centre

In the early 1971 Aldbourne was the location for a Doctor Who story – The Daemons. Aldbourne itself played the part of the village Devils End, and a nearby Bronze Age Barrow played the part of The Devils Hump.

We welcome Whovians who want to visit this iconic location, Doctor Who is most certainly not forgotten in this village.

Most of the filming as done in the centre of the village and around the church. The best place to park is by the pond, which is just off the main road through the village. From there just walk towards the Church.

The Blue Boar on the eastern side of the green played the part of The Cloven Hoof.

Miss Hawthorne making a swift departure from The Cloven Hoof
Miss Hawthorne making a swift departure

The view towards the church is unaltered, except we no longer get threatened by Bok

Bok, a minion of The Master during filming on Thge Green
Bok, a minion of The Master

Although the church wasn’t actually demolished by the BBC, they did leave a mark on the lead of the tower roof – we have found both “BBC” and “The Daemons” scratched into the lead.

They really did land a helicopter on the green

The U.N.I.T. helicopter on The Green
The U.N.I.T. helicopter on the green

To get to The Devils Hump walk up the road that passes the east end of the church. After 100m or so you’ll come to a track :

the track where it leaves the road

Follow this track up the hill – probably best to wear sturdy footwear, it’s rather uneven in places. It’s about a 2km walk. Just keep following the track, once you get to the top you’ll have great view of the surrounding country side, just keep following the track…

the track as it emerges into the open at the top of the main slope

While you’re walking remember that the BBC got an outside broadcast van to do the same round – quite a feat. Once you get to the first high point you’ll be able to see your goal:

the track, with the Devils Hump in the distance

And this is what you’ll reach

The barrow which played the part of The Devils Hump

It’s actually the 2nd of 4 barrows, all of which are Bronze age

When you get back to the village, why not pop into the heritage centre next to the Crown pub and say hello. (our opening times are listed on this site)