Power stations are often used as filming locations for films and television series. Science fiction films are the most common genre to use power stations as a location due to the futuristic environment and feel of the stations.
In this article we will look at how Dungeness’s nuclear plant and three other power stations have been used as a backdrop for film scenes ranging from sci-fi to comedy.
Dungeness’s Nuclear Power Station, Kent
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The Dungeness Nuclear Power Station was used in an episode of Doctor Who. The Kent Film Office state that the station was featured in the 1971 episode, The Claws of Axons starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor. The Kent Film Office writes on their site that the power station doubled as a “Nuton power complex”. Cole Moreton a Doctor Who fan wrote in The Telegraph that the Dungeness beach was also used in the episode and featured in a key scene where an alien craft landed.
Cherokee Nuclear Plant, South Carolina
The abandoned nuclear power plant is famous for its connection with James Cameron’s 1987 film The Abyss. Cameron chose the power station after deciding against filming underwater scenes in the ocean. According to film review and news site io9 the film crew constructed one of the largest underwater sets ever built. The site also reports how the set was abandoned to nature, as the cost to disassemble it was too high. The set was eventually demolished in 2007.
Battersea Power Station, London
The iconic power station has been used as a film location for many famous films. The Guardian produced an online gallery that showed some of the films that had used the station ranging from blockbusters to science fiction films. Also included in the article was the British comedy Monty Python’s Meaning of Life. In the Monty Python film the station was used as the backdrop to the naked chase scene. Monty Python is famous for using unusual locations in its productions, to create a mixture of comedy and satire. Online gaming site Betfair Casino used this Monty Python principle of strange combinations in their Monty Python slot game Spamalot. The game combines comedy and gaming, creating an unusual juxtaposition that brings the core principles of Python’s work together for players. It also represents how popular Monty Python still is among the masses even today.
Satsop Nuclear Power Plant, Washington
The Satsop power plant is a great example of how a disaster can turn into something productive. News Grio informs that the nuclear power plant is considered one of the biggest project blunders in US history as the $2 billion power plant was never completed due to budget issues in 1983. The site has found a second life as a dystopian film set and was recently used in the 2014 science fiction film Transformers: Age of Extinction.