Doctor Who (Black Orchid)

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Black Orchid was a two part Doctor Who episode, first broadcast on BBC1 on 1 and 2 March 1982 and starring Peter Davidson as the Fifth Doctor. The story was set in England in 1925 and was essentially a murder mystery with no monsters or aliens[1].

Filming on the SVRSevern Valley Railway

No new filming took place on the SVRSevern Valley Railway for this episode, the railway scenes being filmed in October 1981 at Quainton Road station, home of the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. However at the beginning of the episode, just before the Tardis lands on the station platform, the effect of a working station was achieved using visual effects smoke combined with a brief cutaway shot of GWR Small Prairie 4566 setting off past Arley signal box taken from the earlier BBC production God's Wonderful Railway.[2] Quainton Road was renamed 'Cranleigh Halt' for filming, although the 'Arley Signal Box' name plate is visible in the background of the cutaway shot.

See also

List of film and TV productions filmed on the Severn Valley Railway


  1. 'Black Orchid’, BBC DVD, sleeve notes
  2. 'Black Orchid’, BBC DVD, ‘Now and Then’ special feature