The residents of Durdle Door are concerned that the regeneration scenario would lead to an increase in “dangerous” activities. The proprietors of Durdle Door, where the thirteenth Doctor underwent his regeneration, reportedly aren’t thrilled about the publicity.
The dramatic regeneration of Jodie Whittaker‘s Doctor into David Tennant in the episode’s climax, titled “The Power of the Doctor,” drew almost four million viewers on Sunday night.
One of the most talked-about TV events of the year aired, and Whovians went absolutely nuts, becoming the living embodiment of the “screaming, crying, throwing up” internet meme.
This specific regeneration took place on top of the famed Durdle Door arch at Lulworth in Dorset, which may not have registered with many fans because they were so excited about Tennant’s reappearance.
The landowners, however, had come out to say that they had no idea this was going to happen when they granted permission to film there, as reported by The Sun.
For example, James Weld, whose family has held the land since 1641, said, “If we had known, we would not have accepted because of the encouragement that this may offer to some of our visitors to place themselves in a perilous position.”
Some Doctor Who fans may try to climb Durdle Door in an attempt to replicate the regeneration sequence, despite the fact that neither Jodie Whittaker nor David Tennant actually climbed the monument when filming.
The Weld family has stated that they may refuse future requests to film at Durdle Door because they were not given a “proper description” of how the site would be used during filming. However, a BBC spokesman has explained that this particular scene of the BBC Centenary episode was “a tightly kept secret.”
When questioned about how the place would be portrayed on screen, the spokesperson said, “Although we were granted permission to film with a drone, we weren’t asked.”
Controversy surrounds the 200-foot limestone arch because it is a famous ‘tombstoning’ spot, when daredevils climb to the top and dive into the sea.
Despite police warnings, hundreds of people visited Durdle Door’s beach during the lockdown in 2020, and three divers were hurt while swimming near or jumping off the famous monument.
It wouldn’t be the first time the Whoniverse inspired fans to make pilgrimages to real-world sites; in 2009, after the tragic death of beloved character Ianto “Coffee Boy” Jones in Torchwood’s “Children of Earth” series, they built a monument in his honor on Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay.
Fans from all over the world continue to bring mementos, decorations, and artwork for exhibit at Ianto’s Shrine, which has even attracted visits from John Barrowman and Ianto actor Gareth David-Lloyd.
It’s also not the first time Doctor Who has used recognizable sites; during Jodie Whittaker’s first season, for example, several Sheffield landmarks were seen, and practically all of London’s major milestones have been used..
There was the time that David Tennant‘s Doctor and Martha Jones stopped a Carrionite invasion at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, when a Slitheen aircraft blew up the face of Big Ben’s clock, and when a spacecraft duplicate of the Titanic nearly destroyed Buckingham Palace.
At least Durdle Door made it through its Doctor Who episode intact. The BBC iPlayer currently has Doctor Who: The Power of the Doctor streaming.