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Since I keep seeing complaints that the Moffat era either doesn’t show alien planets any more or always visits Victorian London, I decided to go through each episode of the Moffat era that has aired so far, break them down by time and place and prove how inaccurate these statements are.

Note: the TARDIS interior is only listed as a location when an extended amount of time is spent there, at least half an episode’s run time. 

Season Five

The Eleventh Hour

  • Leadworth in 1996, 2008 and 2010
  • London in 2010

The Beast Below

  • Starship UK
  • London in the 1940s

Victory of the Daleks

  • London in the 1940s
  • Dalek Spaceship in 1940s

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone

  • Alfava Metraxis in the 51st century
  • Delirium Archive (resting place of the Headless Monks) in the 171st century
  • Alistair’s spaceship
  • Leadwoth in 2010

The Vampires of Venice

  • Venice in 1580
  • Leadworth in 2010

Amy’s Choice

  • An illusion of modern day Leadworth and the TARDIS

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood

  • Cwmtaff, Wales in 2020
  • Silurian’s underground colony 

Vincent and the Doctor

  • Auvers-sur-Oise, France in 1890
  • Musée d'Orsay, Paris in 2010

The Lodger 

  • Colchester in 2010

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang

  • Stonehenge, England in 102 AD
  • Leadworth in alternative 1996
  • National Museum, London in alternative 1996
  • France in 1890
  • London in 1941
  • Stormcage Containment Facility in 5145
  • Royal Collection, Starship UK
  • The Maldovarium in the 52nd century
  • Planet One
  • Leadworth in 2010

Season Six

A Christmas Carol

  • Space Liner
  • Ember in 44th century
  • America in 1952

The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon

  • America in 1969 and 2011
  • Stormcage Containment Facility in 52nd century
  • England in 2011 and the 17th century
  • German POW camp during WWII 

The Curse of the Black Spot

  • The Fancy, a pirate ship, in 1699
  • Siren’s spaceship in 1699

The Doctor’s Wife

  • A living planetoid in a bubble universe 
  • The TARDIS

The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People

  • Earth in the 22nd century
  • Demon’s Run in the 52nd century 

A Good Man Goes To War

  • Demon’s Run in the 52nd century
  • Flagship of the Twelfth Cyber Legion
  • London in 1888
  • Zaruthstra in 4037
  • Stormcage Containment Facility in the 52nd Century
  • The Maldovarium in the 52nd century 

Let’s Kill Hitler

  • Berlin in 1938
  • Leadworth from 1996-2011
  • Teselecta
  • Sisters of the Infinite Schism (the greatest hospital in the universe)
  • Luna University in 5123

Night Terrors

  • 21st century England

The Girl Who Waited

  • Apalapucia

The God Complex

  • A prison ship disguised as a 1980s Earth hotel
  • 21st century London

Closing Time

  • Colchester in 2011
  • Luna University in the 52nd century
  • Lake Silencio in 2011 

The Wedding of River Song

  • Earth in an alternative reality where all of history is happening at once
  • Damaged Dalek ship
  • Some unnamed planets
  • Seventh Transept
  • Lake Silencio in 2011
  • 21st century London

Season Seven

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

  • England in 1938 and 1941
  • Unnamed snow forest planet in 5345
  • 21st century London

Asylum of the Daleks

  • The Dalek Asylum
  • Skaro
  • 21st century London
  • Parliament of the Daleks 

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

  • Silurian Ark in 2367
  • Indian Space Agency in 2367
  • Solomon’s ship in 2367
  • Egypt in 1334 BC
  • African Plains in 1902
  • 21st century London

A Town Called Mercy

  • Mercy, Nevada in 1870

The Power of Three

  • 21st century London
  • Savoy Hotel in 1890
  • England during the reign of Henry VIII
  • Shakri spaceship 

The Angels Take Manhattan

  • New York in 2012 and 1938 

The Snowmen

  • London in 1842 and 1892

The Bells of Saint John

  • London in 2013
  • Cumbria 1207

The Rings of Akhaten

  • Tiaanamat in the Rings of Akhaten
  • Pyramid of the Rings of Akhaten
  • Earth from 1981 to 2013 

Cold War

  • The Russian submarine Firebird in the North Pole in 1983 


  • Caliburn House in 1974 and other points in Earth’s history 
  • Pocket universe

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

  • The TARDIS
  • Van Baalen Bros. salvage ship

The Crimson Horror

  • Yorkshire in 1893
  • London in 1893
  • London in 2013

Nightmare in Silver

  • Hedgewick’s World of Wonders
  • Imperial Ship 

The Name of the Doctor

  • Trenzalore 
  • London in the 1890s
  • Glasgow in the 1890s
  • London in 2013
  • Gallifrey a very long time ago

The Day of the Doctor

  • 21st century London
  • England in 1562
  • Gallifrey on the last day of the Time War 

The Time of the Doctor

  • Trenzalore
  • 21st century London
  • Church of the Papal Mainframe

Season Eight

Deep Breath

  • London in the 1890s
  • 21st century Glasgow
  • “Heaven”

Into the Dalek

  • Rebel Fighter
  • Coal hill School, 21st century London
  • Starship Aristotle
  • Dalek spaceship
  • Rusty the Dalek onboad the starship Aristotle 
  • “Heaven”

Your Name: Alice Violett 

Where You Live: Colchester, Essex, UK

Institution: University of Essex

Your Job: PhD student 

Your Research In 5 Words: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century only children 

Your Breakfast In 5 Words: Two Weetabix with semi-skimmed milk

Your Food Philosophy In 10 Words: Aim for moderation, but don’t deny yourself the occasional indulgence.