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76 Totter's Lane

76 Totter's Lane (also known as Totter's Yard) in Shoreditch was the location of I.M. Foreman's scrapyard, where, disguised as a police box, the Doctor's TARDIS resided in 1963. Susan Foreman, the Doctor's granddaughter, attended the nearby Coal Hill School during this time, and gave the school the junkyard's address as her home address. This raised suspicion in her teacher, Barbara Wright, who followed Susan home one evening to find the junkyard where a house should be. Later, Wright and another teacher, Ian Chesterton, entered the scrapyard and discovered the TARDIS sitting in it, leading to their life-changing first encounter with the Doctor. (DW: An Unearthly Child)

A crowd gathers at Foreman's Yard in 1963 after a soldier's death

Later in 1963 - but much later from the Doctor's perspective, a battle between a Renegade Dalek and Group Captain Ian Gilmore's Intrusion Countermeasures Group took place there. (DW: Remembrance of the Daleks)

This event more or less inaugurated the beginning of the Shoreditch Incident. Though never stated, it can be assumed that the Dalek went there because the Renegade Daleks knew the TARDIS had earlier landed in that location.

In 1985, the TARDIS returned to the junkyard in response to a distress signal sent by Lytton. (DW: Attack of the Cybermen)

In 1997, the TARDIS landed in the junkyard once more after the Doctor fell victim to a trap by the Master. (EDA: The Eight Doctors)

The junkyard was actually a Gallifreyan space-time event known as I.M. Foreman's One-Species Nongenetically Engineered Travelling Show. (EDA: Interference - Book One / Interference - Book Two)

The Ninth Doctor is known to have visited Totters Lane soon after his regeneration, where he encounters Steven Hudson. (WEB:

Behind the Scenes

In the pilot episode of Doctor Who and in An Unearthly Child, a studio set represented 76 Totter's Lane (both inside and out). In Attack of the Cybermen and Remembrance of the Daleks, actual exterior London locations represented the yard. In the latter story, due to a mistake, the letters on the outside gate say I.M. Forman rather than the original I.M. Foreman spelling seen in An Unearthly Child.

The Doctor, with Peri, returns to Foreman's Yard in 1985

The name "Totter's Yard" was first used in part 1 of DW: Logopolis.


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