"I've been to many planets in the solar system, and you'd be surprised how many of them look like quarries in Wales."Blake's 7, Doctor Who and even The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy TV series. It was a disused or rented quarry, full of interestingly dull rocks and fascinatingly monotonous scenery, the perfect alien-landscape-on-a-budget — the British equivalent of Kirk's Rock. So common was the quarry usage by these series that according to Gareth Thomas, who played Blake in Blake's Seven, there was one occasion when they heard noises at the other side of the quarry, and discovered Doctor Who was filming there at the same time (though evidence of filming dates shows this may be apocryphal). The quarries were usually not owned by The BBC, but rented for filming from businesses like Lime Works. Many of the quarries are no longer quarries. Its legacy lives on, however, in Smallville, Battlestar Galactica and other shows, except now it is bigger, full of trees, and in British Columbia. The direct American equivalent is Bronson Canyon. See also Kirk's Rock, Here There Be Lions.
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